Friday, March 16, 2018

Podcast Episode 2: Podcasting About Podcasting

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In this episode I share how to start podcasting with

Episode 003: Podcasting About Podcasting, part 1

This episode ended up being a bit longer than expected, so look for the remainer tomorrow.

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Technology & Learning in District 205


March 16, 2018 E.002

Hi! This is Matt Jacobson, Technology Curriculum & Professional Development Coordinator for Galesburg Community Unit School District 205 in Galesburg, Illinois. We’re Talking Tech & Learning in 205 again today on Anchor.FM! This is your home for daily professional learning updates, tech tips, and teaching ideas to help further the learning of our students and the teachers who serve them. Welcome to Episode 2! I’m glad you could join us!

Yesterday’s inaugural episode was a basic introduction to this podcast, why I’m doing it, and how I’m recording and distributing it. Today I thought I’d pull back the curtain a bit and offer you a brief look at how this all works.

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I am recording this audio podcast using a free app called Anchor.FM. Anchor and its associated app, available through Google Play or the Apple App Store, is completely free to download and use. You can also just use the web interface if you prefer a larger screen or a different microphone. You can create an account and sign in with Twitter or Facebook, or you can use an email account if you prefer. There are in-app or on-screen instructions to help you learn the ropes.

Recording with Anchor.FM really couldn’t be simpler. For episode 1 I used the Android app on my Google Pixel XL. All I do is open the app and I’m prompted to hold the app to my ear to start recording. When I do that, I hear a brief ready tone. Then I start speaking and Anchor starts recording. Pull the phone away from your ear and you’re all done. And honestly, that’s really it! You’ve just recorded your first podcast segment!

Today I’m recording the audio for Episode 2 with the browser-based version of Anchor.FM on a 3-year-old Chromebook with a Celeron processor. You can attach external microphones if you’d like, and I’ll experiment with that in future episodes, but today I’m just using the built-in mic to show you how simple it is to get started.

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Now, you can get fancy and add an intro segment, then cut it with music and so on if you prefer. Anchor provides a number of recorded tracks that you can use for free with your podcast. All you have to do is add the transitions between the segments that you record.

You also have the option of using your own music, but watch out for copyright infringements! I do not recommend using popular music at all because that can be considered illegal unless you gain permission from the publisher first. We in education have a lot of creative leeway to use copyrighted works within the 4 wall of our classrooms, but when we publish a podcast for the world to hear we are under a whole different set of rules, and those classroom freedoms no longer apply.

One quick note, I used an app called soundtrap to create the opening intro music with voice over. I'll do an episode on how to use soundtrap to create your own music on a later episode of this podcast.

Moving on, you can also connect several segments together and add transition sounds or music to separate them. You can use Soundtrap or the free transition clips available with Anchor.FM. This would be a nifty way to have students create brief individual recordings as part of a larger project and so on. Anchor will allow you to invite others to collaborate with you on an episode, so you and your grade level colleagues could create weekly summary episodes for the parents of your students without being together in the same room at the same time to record. And, since most people talk faster than they type, you’ve just saved yourself a bunch of time over making a blog post.

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