Your students can interview George Washington, share a book talk, or recite poetry for their parents and share them via a podcast, and you don't even need an iPod. Podcasting taps into your students' interest in technology while keeping them focused on their studies.
Tim Cooper

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What you need to do a podcast in your class

A computer with Audacity software installed
A microphone or a audio recorder (we are using the SanDisk Sansa Clip MP3 player with built-in microphone

Online Resources referenced during the session
Atomic Learning is a wonderful resource that we have available for all of the Elementary and Middle School teachers in CMS. There are great tutorials available on lots of software we use in CMS as well as software you may use at home. Audacity tutorials are available.
As you begin creating podcasts, you also need to be aware of copyright issues and teach your students about them as well. A great starting point for discussions with your students about copyright.
Wes Fryer is a well-known educator in Oklahoma who make amazing use of technology and teaches teachers who to do the same. Many of the resources I've linked below come from Mr. Fryer's website.
Wes Fryer put together a very basic, but thorough, 4-page handout on using Audacity. Not only will it help you in the classroom, but it is likely the only training that your students need to be able to use Audacity.
Another good handout on Audacity. This one is 2-pages in length, and probably a Step-2 sheet to use after Wes Fryer's document above.
An electronic book that you can referrence online. You can purchase a PDFcopy of the book for $17.95 (educator discount), or just quickly look up what you need online.
An awesome step-by-step tutorial to use Audacity, complete with files to download and edit so you can follow along with the project.
Another collection of links and bookmarks on Audacity, using a bookmark sharing service called Delicious is a great way to find web links on various topics, by taking advantage of millions of users of the Internet.

Podcast Examples (from Wes Fryer's webpage, linked above)

  1. General podcast examples
    1. NPR Podcasts
    2. Talking History
    3. Science Friday - 2006 Nobel Prize Winners
    4. Science at NASA Podcast
    5. Podguides - audio tours of locations
  2. Professional development podcast examples
    1. EdTech Talk (International webcasts / podcasts)
    2. Bit by Bit (Bob Sprankle)
    3. Connect Learning (David Warlick)
    4. Speaking of History (Eric Langhorst)
  3. Elementary Classroom/School podcast examples
    1. Tracy B's 1st Grade wiki and podcast
    2. Mrs. Berthiume's 1st Grade Podcast
    3. Mrs. Wieland's Class podcast (New Jersey - uses Podomatic)
    4. Mustang News Radio: The official radio broadcast created by the students of Monroe Road Elementary School
    5. Room208
    6. Radio WillowWeb - Radio WillowWeb Planning Guide (pdf)
    7. Year 6/7 Blog
    8. More classroom podcast examples
    9. Langwitches (ESL podcasting)
    10. TechTime with Mr. S (Computer lab podcast: Bob Sprankle)
    11. Mother's Day Podcasts from Carol Ann McGuire's students
    12. Rock Our World (an international project using podcasting and videoconferencing)
    13. Sherry Hatcher's 4th Grade Podcasts from Del City, Oklahoma
  4. Secondary Teacher and Classroom Podcasts
    1. Mr Hardy's French Class podcast (Carrollton-Farmers Branch, Texas) - L’histoire de Bob et de Marie
  5. University Student and organization podcast examples
    1. Course-Casting: Course Content Delivery, Empowering Students with asynchronous/non-interactive content, aka podcast lectures (Physics 415: Thermal and Statistical Physics by Dr Carlson at Purdue, Faculty lectures in Stanford on iTunes)
    2. Interactive and Reflective Q&A: Dr David B. Miller’s iCube podcasts (undergrad General Psychology at The University of Connecticut)
    3. Storytelling and Public Relations: College Public Relations (Research at Chicago, Texas Tech College of Education Podcasts)
    4. Virtual Conference/Symposium Resources: Extending a Conference or Symposium Dialog/Conversations (Duke Podcasting Symposium, UBC Podcasts, UNL Podcasts, Washington College of Law Podcasts, University of Virginia Podcasts, Podcastercon2006)
    5. Student Projects: Permiting students to demonstrate their understanding, knowledge and skills through an original podcast (iGeneration from the Univ of Western Australia - Example: Christianity, The Teacher as Leader: An Interview with John Dewey)
  6. Collaborative/Team Podcasting
    1. Talking Science