Welcome to iHCPL: The Next Generation. This site was created as the next step in Harris County Public Library's iHCPL Learning 2.0 Program; a discovery learning program designed to encourage staff to explore new technologies. The original iHCPL program was adapted from The Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County's Learning 2.0 Program.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Sound: #27: Creating Your Own Podcast

This post is a challenge exercise - it is not necessary for HCPL staff to complete it for training hours credit.

A brief review

Those of you who completed the first iHCPL program might recall learning about podcasts and adding a chosen podcast to your RSS feeds. For anyone new to the program, a podcast is a syndicated audio broadcast that can be played on any MP3 player (the word comes from combining "iPod" + "broadcast"). When you subscribe to the RSS feed for a podcast, you receive automatic downloads of new content as it is made available online. Podcasts are available on a wide range of topics, just like blogs in audio format. Use Yahoo! Podcasts or Podcast Alley to find podcasts of interest to you. Many libraries are taking advantage of this format to appeal to teens, to tell stories, to promote or archive programs or to give a human voice to book reviews.

Making your own podcast

Like most any other tools, online podcast tools range from the relatively simple to the more advanced, which often require downloading software. So that this exercise is accessible to everyone, whether or not you have a microphone for your computer, we are going to use a service that allows you to record your podcast through the telephone. Gabcast offers up to one hour of recording for each episode (up to 200 MB of space) with a free account. To get started:

  1. Create a new account. Enter your personal e-mail address and password and add your avatar, if you choose. You do not need to enter a web site address. You will receive a confirmation e-mail after registering. Just follow the link and begin.
  2. When you get to your account page, click on "create a channel," then click on "My Channels" to get the number assigned to your channel.
  3. Call the 800 number listed for the US at the right hand side of the page. You will be asked for you channel number and your password number.
  4. Record your podcast! You will have the option to listen to your recording or to publish. When you are ready, select publish.
  5. Return to your online account and select play to listen to your podcast. You can also edit the title and add tags for the episode.

For those of you who would like to explore other podcasting options, take a look at using the Odeo Studio for podcasts or use the podcasting tutorial at Feed for All.

Discovery Exercises

  1. Follow the steps above to create a Gabcast podcast on any topic of your choice.
  2. Write a blog post about the process of creating a podcast. You may choose to post your podcast in your blog.

For HCPL Staff

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This post was brought to you by Linda Stevens, Kathy Knox and Mark Haywood.

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