How To Podcast?


You need somewhere to host your podcast, a Glow Blog.

You can find out how to set up a blog on the Glow Blog Help blog.

At a minimum you need to:

  1. Create a blog (or use an existing one)
  2. Add Users if you want anyone else to be able to upload audio.
  3. Make your blog public, so that people can listen to your podcast episodes.

You need a computer and software to record audio. A microphone will help. You need an internet connected computer to publish your episodes.

There are many applications that will allow to record and edit audio, one of the most popular is Audacity which will run on Windows, Mac and Linux computers.  Garageband is popular on Apple computers. There are also many mobile tools that will let you record on the move. The audio recorded can be transferred to a computer for further editing (if needed) and publishing.

Note: to export mp3 files from audacity you need to have the LAME MP3 Encode installed. If Audacity is already installed on your computer this should have already been done.

The getting started pages on the Audacity help site can help you get started.

Here is a document covering Audacity Basics PDF, Audacity Basics MS docx and Audacity Basics OpenOffice format.

Category:Tutorial – Audacity Wiki is a good guide starting with the basics and expanding.

There are three main aspects of podcasting and creating a podcast episode.

  1. Planning & Preparation
  2. Producing
  3. Publishing

Planning a Podcast Episode

Planning a podcast is similar to planning any presentation by an individual and group and presents the same sort of opportunities for learning.  Different teachers, classes and learners will approach this in different ways. It is a great opportunity for more or less formal co-operative learning. At the end of this phase you will want to have a script or scripts. This does not need to be read, often talking on a podcast sounds more natural than reading out a text.

Producing a Podcast

After you have ideas for you content you need to record and edit this content.

This can be a very simple process, one person records their voice, or it can be more complex. Podcasts can have a collection of segments, dialogs, news items etc. They can include sound effects and music.

Publishing a Podcast Episode

All you need to do is upload and embed your mp3 file to a blog post.

Adding Media Glow Blog Help
A short screencast: Embedding Audio and Video – Blogging Bootcamp

Listening to a podcast

You may want to help potential listeners to listen to your podcast.

You can copy the Podcast Feed and add it to any podcast listening apps. Look for Add Show by URL, in the app of your choice.

Here is a good article to help you subscribe to podcasts: How to manually add an RSS feed to your podcast app on desktop, iOS & Android | by Josh Muccio .

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