Showing posts with label podcast creation. Show all posts
Showing posts with label podcast creation. Show all posts

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Some Relatively Easy Ways for Students to Create Podcasts

Last night I received the following questions in an email from a reader named Pat. I'm sure that Pat is not the only teacher to wonder about these questions so I've turned my answers into a blog post.

I would like to make a podcast where two students are debating a topic. Is this outdated? Is there another platform where we can put audio, possibly some pictures to go with a presentation? A place where students can access it without a log in or having to have an itunes account. Of course, no money and lots of things are blocked by big brother (district). I have some old PCs, one ipad, an iphone 5 and a MacBook Pro.

Podcasting is not outdated at all. In fact, it seems to be making a resurgence after a lull a couple of years ago. If you want to publish your podcasts on iTunes you will have to follow all of the steps that Apple has outlined here. If you simply want to create audio recordings and post them online (on your blog, website, or a service outside of iTunes) then the process is rather straight-forward.

Podcast creation with a MacBook Pro:
The obvious choice here is to use GarageBand if you have it installed. GarageBand costs $4.99 in the Mac Apps Store. Obviously, it's not free but I'm mentioning it because I know of a lot of schools that install GarageBand as part of an image they install before distributing MacBooks to teachers and students.

Podcast creation on MacBook or Windows PC:
If GarageBand is not available to you, try Ocenaudio. Ocenaudio is a free audio editing tool available to use on Windows, Mac, and Linux computers. The free software enables you to create audio recordings from scratch and or edit existing audio files. Once the Ocenaudio software is installed on your computer (no registration is needed to download or install the software) you can start recording spoken tracks by pressing the red record button. After making your recording you can click and highlight any section of it to delete it or adjust its sound qualities. If you're looking to adjust the sound qualities and effects of an audio file, you will like the option to preview adjustments before applying them to a file. All files created and edited in Ocenaudio are saved to your computer.

Audacity is probably the best-known open-source audio editing tool available today. There is very little that Audacity cannot do in audio editing. The learning curve is a bit steeper than that of some other tools in this post, but with that steeper learning curve comes development of editing skills that you won't get from simpler tools. A complete set of Audacity tutorials can be found here.

Podcast creation with browser-based tools and mobile apps:
AudioBoom offers an easy way for teachers and students to create short audio recordings that are matched to images. In the video below I demonstrate how to use the web version of AudioBoom to create a short audio recording. AudioBoom also offers free iPad, iPhone, and Android apps.

AudioBoom's education section is full of great examples of using the service in classrooms. is one of easiest-to-use audio recording tools that I've tried. To record on you simply go to the website and click the big record button (you may have to allow pop-ups in your browser in order for to access your microphone). When you're done recording click the share button and you'll be taken to a page on which you can download your recording or grab an embed code to post the recording on a blog. In the video embedded below I provide a demonstration of how to use in your web browser. is also available to use as a free iOS app or as a free Android app.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Aviary Online Image & Audio Editing Ends Tomorrow

As was announced in July, Aviary is shutting down their online advanced suite of image and audio editing tools. September 15, tomorrow, the advanced suite will be closed. If you have image or audio files stored in Aviary that you don't want to lose, download those files today. If you're interested you can read Aviary's closure announcement here.

Click here for five alternatives to Aviary for online audio recording and editing.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

This Source of Free Sounds is a Real Jewel

Last month I posted a list of 7 Sources of Free Sounds for Multimedia Projects. Today, through Vicki Davis I learned about another good source of free sounds and music for multimedia projects. Jewel Beat hosts hundreds of sounds and music that you can download, reuse, and remix for free. Below is a sample from Jewel Beat.

BTW, that blog post title might win the prize for cheesiest of the year, but I just had to mix it up.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
11 Techy Things for Teachers to Try This Year
47 Alternatives to Using YouTube in the Classroom
How to Use YouTube's Video Editor

Friday, August 20, 2010

7 Sources of Free Sounds for Multimedia Projects

In my posts 11 Techy Things for Teachers to Try This Year and How To Do 11 Techy Things In the New School Year I mentioned podcasting and video creation. When creating podcasts and videos adding music and other sounds can enhance your students' presentations. Here are seven tools that your students can use find and or create sounds for their multimedia presentations.

The Free Music Archive provides free, high-quality, music in a wide range of genres. The content on Free Music Archive is used under various creative commons licenses. The New York State Music Fund provided initial funding for FMA. FMA seeks to maintain a high-quality resource through the use of selected curators who approve or deny all submissions to the collection. Anyone can download music from FMA for use in podcasts, videos, and other digital presentation formats. The music collections can be searched by genre or by curator.

PodSafe Audio, is a resource that I discovered last summer and had some of my students use last year. PodSafe Audio is good place to locate and download free music for multimedia presentations. PodSafe Audio is a community of musicians who create music and share it for the purpose of fair-use in podcasts.

Sound Bible is a resource for finding and downloading free sound clips, sound effects, and sound bites. All of the sounds on Sound Bible are either public domain or labeled with a Creative Commons license. You can find sounds for use in podcasts, videos, slideshows, or other multimedia creations.

Royalty Free Music hosts music tracks that can be reused in numerous ways. Royalty Free Music charges the general public for their downloads, but students and teachers can download quite a bit of the music for free. To access the free music tracks students and teachers should visit the education page on Royalty Free Music.

Jamendo is a source of free and legal music downloads. The music on Jamendo comes from the artists who upload it themselves. While not all of the music is licensed for re-use, there is a substantial collection of music labeled with a Creative Commons license. As always, before re-using any of the music you download make sure it is labeled for re-use.

From the same people that brought us the great computational search engine Wolfram Alpha comes Wolfram Tones. Wolfram Tones uses algorithms, music theory, and sound samples to generate new collections of sounds. Visitors to Wolfram Tones can experiment with sounds and rhythms to make their own sounds. Wolfram Tones allows visitors to choose samples from fifteen different genres of music on which to build their own sounds. Once a genre is selected visitors can then alter the rhythms, instrumentation, and pitch mapping of their sounds. When satisfied with their creations, users can download their sounds or have them sent directly to their cell phones.

Monkey Machine is a free web-based program that allows students to experiment with drum set sounds and rhythms. Using Monkey Machine students can customize the selection of drums and cymbals in their virtual drum set. Monkey Machine also allows students to customize the tempo in their drum tracks and the frequency with which each drum or cymbal is played. All tracks created using Monkey Machine can be downloaded as MIDI files.

Image credit: Flickr user Dyanna.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Radio Diaries - Teen Reporter Handbook

Radio Diaries is a non-profit organization that records interviews with people from all walks of life for radio documentaries on National Public Radio. In addition to the broadcasts on NPR, Radio Diaries makes many of their projects available on the web. The stories on Radio Diaries cover political and cultural topics and range from light-hearted feel-good stories to powerful, gripping, emotional stories. See a list of stories here.

Watch a video overview of Radio Diaries and some stories below.

Applications for Education
Radio Diaries offers a free guide (available as a PDF or web version) for students interested in recording their own interviews. The guide covers interview principles and techniques as well as technical tips for students. Creating audio documentaries could be a great activity for history students and journalism students. After conducting interviews, students could turn their recordings into podcasts. Learn how to make a podcast in my new guide How To Do 11 Techy Things In the New School Year.

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