Podcasting

A podcast is any digital medium that consists of audio, video, text, PDF, or ePub files that people can subscribe to for playback on portable media players and personal computers. There are various tools used to podcast.

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Podcasting can be extremely beneficial for the field of education. Listening to podcasts is another way of learning. Professors and teachers can use podcasting for additional information or reviews of previously covered information. Podcasts are a very powerful learning tool for students who are auditory learners and can learn best by listening. There are various free tools that can help teachers create and distribute podcasts. Some of which include:

Audacity: This is a free software that is used for recording and editing sound by using keyboard shortcuts. It is available for certain operating systems like Windows, Mac, GNU/LINUX and a few others.

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MP3myMP3 Sound Recorder: This is an audio recording software that is created by Digital Liquid. It is a great tool for recording something quickly and efficiently. You are able to record a sample sound from streaming audio or video on the Internet, record Skype calls for business, or create MP3s from Vinyl. For teaching purposes, professors can record tutorials and later listen to them through a computer.

 

Podbean: This tool is easy and powerful. It allows users to create professional podcasts in just a few minutes without having any prior knowledge on programming. Anyone is able to upload and publish their work. Work can be shared with students, colleagues, friends, family and anyone else worth sharing.

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PodOmatic: This is the largest independent podcaster in the world. You are able to search any area that you are interested in to find work. This tool also allows users to easily make minicasts, which is a combination of audio and images.

 

VozMe: This is an effective tool that converts a text into an audio file. By doing this you have to follow two steps. This process is copy and paste the text you want in the box provided on the website and click “create mp3.” This generates a podcast for you to download that is completely instant.

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Odiogo: This tool is similar to VozMe but has a few more benefits to it. This specific tool lets you turn blog posts into high quality and ad-supporting broadcasts, which can be an advantage for bloggers.

 

There are very many other tools that are also great for podcasts. Ways in which you can integrate podcasts in the classroom are:

 

1. Students can interview professions of their potential career path and use audio for their questionnaire part.

2. Students can research about different countries by asking recent travelers about their experiences. This could lead into a digital travel album that could almost be like a small itinerary.

3. Teachers or professors can record their lectures or tutorials that students can listen to later on their own time or at home.

4. Students can write and record stories and add background music or sound effects.

5. Students can create advertising campaigns.

6. Students can use audio recording to interview different people for a school newspaper or magazine and later refer to it for quotes or other sources of information.

These are just some of the many ways that podcasting can be beneficial to learning. It is a field that continues to show growth among academia and other forms of teaching and learning.

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Digital Tools for Journalists

One remarkable invention, Jelly, was created in April 2013 and was founded by Biz Stone and Ben Finkel. It is an app that is available for purchase on the Apple app store. Jelly allows you to ask questions about anything to anyone of your friends that you are connected with you from other social media sites. This mobile application uses photos, interactive maps, locational settings, and communication tactics. It has a camera feature where you are able to just point and shoot and snap a photo to then share with people and ask questions like, “What is this building?” Within a matter of minutes, someone’s answer will appear.

Screen Shot 2015-02-19 at 11.04.40 AMThe creators chose the jellyfish to represent their product because the application uses a loose network of nerves that act as the “brain.” The idea of jelly was to be able to help people no matter where you are or what you’re doing. It is an amazing tool to use that I recently just learned about. It is also a fantastic device for Journalists because they are constantly on the move and need to be able to collect as much information as possible at the fastest rate that they can find it.

Another great tool is Storify. This media was launched in September 2010. This social media tool is very similar to a blog, however, it is much simplier and allows you to tell a story while incorporating other forms of social media into your story. You are able to search through various networks and then choose whichever article, picture or quote you would like to add into your story to make it stronger. It connects to numerous media handles like: Instagram, Twitter, Flickr, Youtube, Google, Facebook etc.

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Many organizations and news businesses use Storify to write about events going on. It is highly recommended to be used to cover social events, breaking news, humor, conversations, weather forcasts and more. It was created to allow users to create stories from collecting various forms of media into a timeline theme. It is great for journalists because they can enter their thoughts and opinions and receive feedback from fans who want to pull information from them and vise versa.

A third great digital tool that is used by Journalists is called Instapaper. I recently just heard about this helpful innovation. It was founded in 2008 by Marco Arment and already reached over 2 million users in 2011. It is a device that allows you to save web pages to read later on a user’s Android, iOS device, smartphone, computer or ereader.

Screen Shot 2015-02-19 at 11.06.01 AMThe greatest convience about this tool is that all your articles that you want to save are all combined into a nice, organized file where you can create different tabs. A new feature that is now available is the highlighter. You can highlight anything as you go along which is easy to store, retrieve, quote and share later on.

This tool is extremely practical for a Journalist because it helps keep them organized when they are searching for all of their information before writing an article.