So, you want to know more about podcasts and video podcasts? For a great introduction to this technology, please take a moment to read these two articles. Note: these podcast-centric articles can be extended to include video podcasting, just substitute “audio” for “video.”
Step Two: Experience the Podcast
Here are some examples of educational podcasts and video podcasts:
- iTunesU - Universities like Stanford, MIT, and our own Cascadia Community College are using iTunesU to provide students access to free lectures, speeches, events, etc.
- Education Podcast Network - a directory of podcasts for educators
- University of Washington tour podcasts – tour UW via downloadable podcasts.
- From our colleagues Down Under, check out the Melbourne University Visions Video Podcast
- Open Stacks - a Librarian-related blog featuring podcasts on a variety of topics
Step Three: Be the Podcast
Now it’s your turn to create a podcast!
There are many services out there that allow users to create and distribute audio content in the form of podcasts. Gabcast.com is a podcasting and audioblogging platform that provided the easiest way I could find to create your own podcast using minimal additional technology. Need an example? Check out my Gabcast post. Total time it took me to create an account, talk, and post: 7 minutes!
All you will need to create your own podcast using Gabcast is your computer and a telephone. Click this link to create a Gabcast account and simply follow the instructions on how to get started.
If you wish, you can easily post your podcast on to your Learning 2.0 blog, and sharing your test podcasts with the group is encouraged!
Step Four: Reflection
Now that you have experienced podcasts/video casts, and have made your own podcast, it is time to reflect.
How can podcasts or video podcasts be best applied to higher education and/or libraries?
What advantages or disadvantages are there to delivering information via this technology?
Let me know if you have questions about any of these technologies and I will do my best to help!