Podcasting is a capture of the audio output of a computer. These are typically used to inform others about a topic.
In order to capture a podcast, you will need a computer with audio capture software and a podcasting site to deliver the final product
The only equipment needed is a computer, headphones, and a microphone.
There are many different tools for capturing podcasts. These vary in capability and price. Our recommendation is Audacity.
- Audacity – A commonly used audio file recorder/editor software. It is cross-platform and free.
- GarageBand – Part of the iLife suite from Apple, GarageBand is a great podcast creation tool that is included with every mac
- FeedBurner – Tool to track your podcast and RSS subscriptions, including iTunes.
- Podomatic – A simple website that allows a user to easily (and inexpensively) upload and syndicate their podcasts
- Callburner – An effective tool for recording podcasts via Skype. This works well for geographically dispersed participants.
- Levelator – Tool that adjusts the audio levels within your podcast or another audio file for variations. Like a compressor, normalizer and limiter all in one!
- MP3 Skype Recorder v.3.1 – Tool that records your Skype calls. Great for recording online interviews.
Learning resources information
- Use of audio podcast in K-12 and higher education: A review of research topics and methodologies (PDF)
- 7 things you should know about… Podcasting
Guides and Beginner Instructions
Here are a number of great guides to help you better understand podcasting.
- The Complete Guide to Podcasting
- Audacity Tutorial
- Audacity Tutorial: How to Record and Edit Audio with Audacity (video)
- Tips for Podcast Fans
- Podcast101 – Creating and Hosting an Audio Podcast
- How to Start Your Own Podcast
- Learn to Podcast – A Mini-Guide
- Podcasting for Beginners: The Complete Guide to Getting Started
- How to Produce a Podcast
Here are a number of great ideas for using podcasting in an educational environment.
- Advancing Cooperative Extension with Podcast Technology
- How to Improve Your Thinking (and your Life) with a Podcatcher
- The Simple Guide to Academic Podcasting: Know Your Audience and Your Schedule
- 6 Tips For Adding Podcasts In eLearning
- Podcasting in the Modern Language Classroom
- Mobile Learning: Why Tech Savvy Educators Are Turning to Podcasts
Here is a list of different services for storing podcasts:
Sources for Music
Here are some places for background music for your podcasts.
Here are some technical tips for improving your podcasts
- Use Skype and GarageBand to make a podcast that sounds great (Can also use Audacity)
- Podcasting Guide: How to Do a Killer Podcast from Your Blog (Podcasting from WordPress)
- TAP056: 9 Things Audacity Doesn’t or Can’t Do
- TAP049: 9 Steps to Better Podcast Shownotes and 7 Benefits
- TAP041: WordPress Plugins for Podcasting (or Blogging)
- TAP030: How to Have an Effective Podcast Intro/Opening
- TAP023: How to Insert Background Music or Sound Effects in Audacity
- Publishing Podcasts from Your #iPad
- Podcasting with Your #iPad (Updated)
- Create a Multi-Track Radio Show (Podcast) with Audacity
- How to publish professional podcasts using WordPress (and a few other tools)
- How to Convert Video to MP3 Using Camtasia Studio (video)
Tips for Better Podcasts
It is one thing to make a podcast, it is another thing to do it well. These links provide tips for doing it well.
- 7 Tips for Launching a Successful Podcast
- The Human Factor: Five Tips for a Better Audio Podcast
- Kirk’s Eight Rules of Effective Podcasting
- 4 Steps to Podcasting Success
- How to Find Content for Your Blog or Podcast
Tools for Podcasting
Here is a list of other tools for podcasting.
Here is a collection of videos that will help you understand and use various podcasting applications.