Bravo to 7th grade science teacher Rebeccah Haines and her Osprey Team Science podcasters! They have successfully created 2 podcasts: an egghunt announcement and thoughts by one student on what she learned in her frog dissection. I am awed by the some of the first fruits of our NCAECT group. I can’t take credit for any of this either (which thrills me). I only found out about it as I scrolled through my Google Reader and caught her post. Way to go guys!
Mrs. Haines used Gcast to generate these podcasts. It’s simple and easy and includes free hosting for the recordings. Here is some more info straight from Gcast:
- Record messages by phone (never touch a computer!)
- Upload MP3 files from your computer
- Add “podsafe” songs from GarageBand.com
- Mix all the above with our online playlist manager
- Our Playlist Manager helps you organize and mix audio from a range of sources. It’s easy for beginners yet flexible enough for advanced users.Every audio file you add to your account, whether a phone recording, a GarageBand.com song, or an MP3 from your own computer, starts out in your Master Playlist. From there you can copy it to other playlists and you can publish individual audio files or entire playlists to your podcast channel.When you publish a playlist, our system automatically mixes the audio files into one continuous MP3 file for your podcast.
- Introducing the easiest way to record a podcast. Just call 1-888-65-GCAST, enter your ID and PIN code, and start recording!After you record, you’ll have two options:
- Save & publish: your recording will be automatically added to your podcast channel.
- Save without publishing: your recording will appear as a new audio file in your Master Playlist, where you can move, mix, and publish it later.
Start a phone-based audio journal of your life. Record your new baby’s voice. Podcast jokes, tips, deep
thoughts, or whatever. Record a “voice intro” before a song. If you’re a musician, leave phone messages for
your fans to share stories from the road or new lyrics from the studio. Your imagination is the limit!
- The Gcast player can be embedded into any web page, giving your listeners instant gratification. Fans can also check out past episodes and subscribe to your podcast channel.
- Besides your own website, you can encourage other people to embed your podcast into their websites. All you need to do is to copy and paste a few lines of HTML. The player can be configured to play automatically,or wait for users to press play.
Wow! Easier than Audacity which I began learning about yesterday. Thanks to free resources like Gcast, the shackles of proprietary and complex software are falling away. Let the learning begin!
UPDATE: I finished my first podcast yesterday. I decided to do an enhanced podcast of the 5th grade visit to our school. Each day this week, a different group of 5th graders visited our school. They were paired up with a 6th grade buddy and shadowed them all day long. I took photos and made a Photo Story of them. I created the first and last slides in PowerPoint and exported them as GIFs. The music is free from podsafeaudio.com. The interview was recorded straight into Audacity, edited, and then exported as an MP3. Put it all together and I made my first podcast! I’m not 100% thrilled with it because I am obviously too loud. I guess I could have split the tracks so my volume could be adjusted more but the tone of my voice is very high and overpowering. I have a lot to learn but I don’t think it’s too bad for a 1st run!