Simple Podcasting Steps

Adapted from Podcast for Free-CastWiki
The podcasting process is as simple as having a conversation about what you're passionate about:

1) Be passionate.
2) Blog some notes for listeners.
3) Perform your podcast.
4) Syndicate your blog.

Scaffolding the Steps:

1) Be passionate.

2) Blog some notes for listeners. Feel what you want to say, think about it, and jot down some notes for yourself and readers. Avoid lengthy notes and feel free to deviate from them. You can always improve them to match your talk.

3) Perform your podcast. Of course, you'll want to record it. Some suggestions:
  • Use your microphone or digital audio recorder (iAudio U2 is recommended) to record your conversation
  • Use the free audio editing software Audacity to add your beginning and end pieces, as well as your music.
  • Save the blended music file as MP3 or OGG to your computer's hard drive.
  • Upload your audio file to a server (e.g. school server or if that's unavailable, OurMedia or Internet Archive).
  • Create your show notes on your website. This includes links referred to during podcast or links to background information about concepts mentioned.
  • Include a link to the MP3 audio file and the show notes in your blog. This automatically creates an RSS feed for it. You can also use Del.icio.us, Blinklist, or Simpy (my preference) to get an RSS feed for your audio.
4) Syndicate your blog and/or podcast feed. Take the raw feed that you get from Simpy or your blogging tool and drop into Feedburner.com. Share the link they give you --looks like http://feeds.feedburner.com/mguhlin-podcasts--on your web site or people.

Free Tools:

  1. Set up a blog for yourself and/or your class(es). There are several free blog services you can use. You can set up a blog within your school setting, or use free education-centered services like EduBlogs, ClassBlogmeister, and/or non-education related WordPress.com to setup a blog at no cost whatsoever.
  2. Audacity with the Lame plug in (http://audacity.sourceforge.net) is free audio recording and editing software
  3. Social Bookmarking Tools: Del.icio.us, Blinklist, or Simpy (my preference).
  4. Feedburner (http://feedburner.com) is a free service for hosting your RSS feed.
  5. Places to Publish Podcasts

Other Podcasting Presentation and Introductions:

Dean Shareski's Materials on Podcasting

A Podcast is an audio or video file distributed over the internet. Think of it as the audio version of a blog.

The making of a class podcast

The easiest way to get started


Learn More About Podcasting

Best Podcasts