Good chance if you’re reading this you probably prefer blog posts. But this isn’t the case for everyone. Similarly some people prefer to write posts whereas other are more engaged creating audio and video.
The key is that most bloggers don’t realise that they can host podcasts on their blog, to cater to their readers who prefer podcasts, while blending them with their regular blog posts.
Over the next few weeks I’ll be running a series of posts here on The Edublogger on podcasting “how to’s”. (I was originally a podcaster before becoming a blogger ) .
The term podcast originated from combining the words “ipods and broadcasting”.
Like blogging one of the most important aspects of podcasts is its RSS feed. The RSS feed is what brings the new information added to a website to you without having to visit the site.
Most people subscribe to the RSS feed from blogs using feed readers like Google Reader and Bloglines.
Whereas those that listen to podcasts usually subscribe to the RSS feed using podcatchers like iTunes. This means the latest podcast episodes are downloaded when iTunes is opened up and atuomatically transferred onto their ipod (or media player) when it’s to their computer.
In simple terms a podcast is audio or video content that you can subscribe to using RSS. Without the RSS it is audio streaming or online video. Please note video podcast are also referred to as vidcast or vodcast.
Best aspects of podcasting include:
- Podcasts can be listen and/or watched anywhere, anytime and on any type of device (from your computer to media players like ipods)
- Ideal for those that prefer content in audio or video format
Using podcasts with students
There are numerous ways podcasts can be used with students from you creating podcasts to help their learning to them creating their own podcasts. Lets collectively come up with some ideas by all sharing our ideas on using podcasts!
Can you please leave a comment (or write a post) to share:
- How you are using podcast with students. Do they listen to any podcasts? Do you create or they create?
- What software do you use to create your podcasts? Online or desktop?
- What are your podcasting tips?
The next post in our podcasting series will explain how to host your podcasts on a blog for those readers who already know how to create audio and video files. Followed by posts on “how to” create audio and video podcasts.
Please leave a comment to tell me what other questions about podcasting you would like me to explain!
Meanwhile RSS is one of the most important concepts of using Web 2.0 technology — if you are new to RSS please read this information to learn more!
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