Vo-tech for the digital age: Podcasting 101

Vo-tech for the digital age: Podcasting 101

Summary: In an example of how schools can use technology to enrich curriculum, one California high school is offering a class in podcasting production, reports MacNewsWorld. Taking inspiration from the National Public Radio programs This American Life and Car Talk, Atascadero High School computer science teacher Gary Bissell has proposed a course in producing video and audio segment broadcasting on the Internet -- call it podcasting or vlogging or ...

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In an example of how schools can use technology to enrich curriculum, one California high school is offering a class in podcasting production, reports MacNewsWorld.

Taking inspiration from the National Public Radio programs This American Life and Car Talk, Atascadero High School computer science teacher Gary Bissell has proposed a course in producing video and audio segment broadcasting on the Internet -- call it podcasting or vlogging or ...

Bissell drew up the course outline after attending a county education seminar that taught him how to podcast.

"Public speaking is involved, audio editing, script writing, organization and presentation," Bissell said. "They'll be introducing background sounds like they do on NPR sometimes, to make it a little bit more exciting, and using background music, too."

After production, movies and sound files can be uploaded onto the school's Web site for downloading by the general public. Students can also upload their work onto YouTube or other video sharing sites.

As a starting point, Bissell suggests several ideas to whet the students' apetite, such as interviewing the oldest person in their family, tutorials on how to repair or construct something, and a video of their favorite hobby.

"It's like listening to a radio broadcast on your own time," said Bissell, who has taught at Atascadero High for 22 years.

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  • Schools and podcasting, possible dangers

    ZDnet Editor,

    One thing that k-12 schools are going to have to take into very serious consideration is the exposure that their students are going to get by being "dumped" into the internet. I know that seems like an <i>oxymoron</i> with the advent of such notorious services such as <i>MySpace and CherryTap</i> and others, but school districts are going to have to be aware of something that is "sponsored" by them, whether in a class or not.

    The other major issue is that <b>fair-use</b> only extends to public schools "in the classroom" so when they take their podcasts and "photobucket" vidcasts outside the educational envirnoment by subjecting these things to the internet the <b>fair-use</b> cloak will be removed and the schools themselves will become liable for any possible media-induced copyright infringement the students might make.

    That being said, I applaud any efforts by any teacher that is going to actually teach something technologically functional and current. Students need not be led by teachers mired in the technologies of 10 years ago. Kudos!

    J. Pisano -MUSicTECHnology.net
    <b>http://www.mustech.net</b>
    jpisano1
  • Simple PowerPoint Podcasts

    SnapKast is a nice, simple, light-weight solution to producing video podcasts with PowerPoint slides, voice, and pen or mouse annotations. This offer another epublishing tool for use in this class. Check out http://snapkast.com for a great solution on Windows. This has proven very useful in educational settings for lectures, assignments, student presentations, homework solutions, BoE meetings, and more.
    zdnet72
  • SnapKast

    Thanks for the Post on SnapKast! I purchased it and it made podcasting very easy!

    www.snapkast.com

    THANKS!
    jeffgoz