Using Skype for Recording Interviews

As a begin to launch two podcast series, I want to see what my options are for interviewing people. I’m learning more about Skype and found this very helpful slidecast.


Hawaii in October for Podcamp?

Ok, who wants to go play in Hawaii? I met Rox, from Beach Walks with Rox, at the Podcast and New Media Expo in 2007. She shared information about creating a vodcast series.
Rox is on the video below talking about the upcoming Podcamp and Wordcamp event in Honolulu on Oct. 24-25, 2008. Rox is walking on Kailua Beach on the windward side of Oahu. My brother and his family actually live off of this beach.

Behind this Blog

I was recently interviewed by Jana Zvibleman from the Research Office at Oregon State University.

The audio below is 10 minutes long talking about the outreach program and what we have and will be doing with new technology.

Learn more about Naomi Hirsch, the Environmental Health Sciences Center Community Outreach and Education Program, The Hydroville Curriculum Project, or Unsolved Mysteries of Human Health.

Podcasting in Plain English

I love this fun and simple intro to podcasting from Common Craft.

A Front Seat at Expo 2007

As I mentioned earlier, I attended the Podcast and New Media Expo last month in Ontario, CA.  Some of the presentations were designed specifically for educators.  I soaked up so much valuable information.  I was also a bit overwhelmed with how little I knew, and I see that I could be on the computer 24/7 to keep up.  Baby steps and just having the courage to try new things is most important. Action, not perfection.

I’m happy to offer you for free a front row seat at the panel discussion focusing on podcasting in K-12 education.  Dr. Kathy King and Mark Gura recorded the presentation as a ”Director’s commentary” on their Teacher’s Podcast.  You will also find the slides and resources. Go to the Teacher’s Podcast.  Their podcast covers the expo nicely.

Eventually all of the presentations will be available through the Podcast Academy. Listening to last year’s audio inspired me to attend this year.

Additionally, I found it useful to review the Podcasting Legal Guide, which was recommended for all who podcast.

Below is a podcast I created at the Expo with Mark Gura, Dr. Kathy King and Dan “the Math Man”.  We found a quiet place and chatted.

Lessons from Student Podcasting

I had a great conversation this morning about the value of incorporating Web 2.0 technologies into educational training programs. For many educators, blogs and podcasting are intimidating and misunderstood.

It is valuable for adult educators to understand how adults learn on the web and how technology can improve learning outcomes.  Once fear is overcome and these technology educational tools become familiar, there is a transformation in the way one sees social media and the possibilities are endless!

I read a great article in Educause Review called,  Confessions of a Podcast Junkie.  The author shares her journey of discovering podcasting and then examines student podcast projects and lessons learned.

Most valuable as an educator was her sharing of what students saw valuable with podcasting.

For teaching and learning, the students saw concrete benefits to podcasting projects…

  • They were able to get “intimate” with course material, either by relistening to course lectures and supplements or by teaching the rest of the class.
  • They could showcase their projects to the rest of the community, expanding the reach of the classroom to their friends or members of the community.
  • They had the opportunity to review course material during pertinent moments in the semester, such as before exams or during course projects.
  • They learned new technical skills, whether they were downloading files or creating new ones.

I created the graphic below to show an example of how many learning outcomes can come from creating an audio podcast as an assignment within a course.  Students get engaged and learn by experience. The creative process brings out individual authenticity.

On a personal side note – I always felt that I was challenged articulating my thoughts into words. I review and edit my audio podcasts; practicing, repeating and improving. I gained confidence and progressed.  It is a cycle, because I am always striving to improve and want to get to a point when my audio conversations come naturally with less editing needed.

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