Podcasting & Screencasting Resources

Podcasting_icon.jpgWhat is a podcast? What is a screencast? Let's answer both questions before we get started.

The word "podcast" derives its name from "iPod" and "broadcast." Podcasting saw a dramatic rise in the mid-2000s with the development of the iPod and other mobile devices. A podcast then can be an audio recording, a videotaped production (also called a "vodcast"), or even static files like images and documents. It can be delivered through a "web syndication" subscription service or it can be streamed online to a computer or mobile device.
A "screencast," on the other hand, is a video recording of your computer monitor’s screen as you demonstrate procedures or processes. You might demonstrate how to navigate a website, how to use software, or simply explain a concept. In some cases, you might record a narrative to accompany a demonstration about how to use Microsoft Word. Alternatively, you can have a soundless recording that simply demonstrates a quick task in Google Maps. Screencasting is also a powerful tool you can use to record PowerPoint lectures or ELMO-based demonstrations.
A common question associated with podcasting and screencasting projects is: "how do I grade this?" "Teacher-preneur" Kathy Schrock has a webpage full of rubrics to help. Additionally, RubiStar features many pre-made rubrics submitted by fellow educators.

Try a few of these resources in your classroom and see how this powerful learning tool can benefit your students.

Learning the Basics about Podcasting:

The Art of Podcasting - This article is a few years old, but it gives great insight into podcasting.

Educational Podcasting - This site brings together the wide range of podcast programming that may be helpful to teachers looking for content to teach with and about, and to explore issues of teaching and learning in the 21st century.

How Podcasting Works - A HowStuffWorks article introducing the concept of podcasting and easy ways to create them.

Macworld’s “How to Create a Vodcast” - Eight-step introduction.

Podcasting and Education - A web portal to lots of educational podcasts. Some are about subjects you can teach in class. Others are about integrating podcasts into the classroom.

Podcasting Tools - From the site description: “…a comprehensive podcasting resource detailing everything you need to know about Podcasting.” A great wealth of information here.

Wired’s Intro to Vodcasting - A brief step-by-step introduction to vodcasting (video podcasting).

Yahoo! Podcasting Directory & Yahoo!’s Vodcasting Directory - Links to popular podcasts and vodcasts, software to make your own, and basic information about available services.

Podcasting Tools, Music, & Sound Effects:

Audacity is free, open source, cross-platform software for recording and editing sounds. It is an excellent resource to use to record and edit basic podcasts.

The Freesound Project - A tremendous wealth of sound effects for your digital video projects.

PacDV Free Sound Effects - Hundreds of sound effects to use in a podcast or vodcast.

Sound Effects Online - A web portal for many sites hosting free sound effects.

SoundCloud- Capture a voice, moment or music in seconds or upload audio you’ve already created.

Would you prefer another piece of software to Audacity? MakeUseOf.com offers the article "6 Awesome Alternatives To Audacity For Recording & Editing Audio", chock full of alternatives.

Screencasting Resources:

Kathy Schrock's Screencasting in the Classroom is a resource page devoted entirely to screencasting. The site features implementation tools, tutorials, and rubrics among several other resources.

Adobe Captivate – A very expensive (around $700) screencasting tool.

AviScreen – This screen capture program records videos into AVI files. Windows only and no audio.

CamStudio.org – A free open source program for capturing on-screen video and audio as AVI files. Windows only.

Camtasia - Commercial software. A basic package begins at $50. Create simple screen recordings or professionally edited screencast videos. Available for Windows and Macs (although Mac users have experienced issues with the software).

Copernicus – A free program for Macs that focuses heavily on making quick and speedy films by recording the video to your RAM for quicker access. Does not include any support for audio.

JingProject.com – Beyond recording video, Jing allows you to take a picture of any part of the desktop, illustrate it or add text, and upload your media to a free hosting account. For Macs and Windows.

Screenr - A web-based screen recorder for creating and sharing your screencasts around the web.

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