Podcasting 101

Introduce participants to the components that make up podcasting including RSS, aggregators, iTunes and Podcast People.

Let's start with RSS. It stands for Really Simple Syndication, and it is the technology that makes weblogs and podcasts more than just another webpage. RSS, used in conjunction with an aggregator, allows web users to subscribe to blog and podcast feeds and put them together on one page, where the user can then check for updates easily.

We're going to use Netvibes for our aggregator. So, let's head to http://www.netvibes.com to get started.

EdBlogger Praxis is a great resource for finding education related blogs: http://educational.blogs.com/

Now, on to podcasting. This rather all-encompassing term refers to an RSS feed that includes audio and video. Probably the most famous kid podcasters were Bob Sprankle's third graders in Room 208: http://www.bobsprankle.com/blog/C1697218367/index.html

I'm going to let them explain podcasting: http://bobsprankle.com/podcasts/0506/rm208vodcast.mov

Finding Podcasts:

The Education Podcast Network: http://www.epnweb.org/

The Podcasting News: http://www.podcastingnews.com/forum/link_6.htm

Creating Podcasts:

We're going to use an online tool to create our podcasts: http://podcastpeople.com/

Here's Mine: http://witchyrichy.podcastpeople.com/

MP3 Files for Your Podcast: http://www.penmachine.com/musicpages/demos.html

Tutorials for Using Audacity: http://labnol.blogspot.com/2006/10/how-to-record-audio-podcasts-using.html

Free Sounds:

Free Sounds: http://freesound.iua.upf.edu/

Internet Archive: http://www.archive.org

ccMixter: http://ccmixter.org/