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Reflections on Podcasting Workshop

February 1, 2009

I apologize ahead of time for this 1000 word monster post.  I’m still trying to figure out how to be a better presenter of this material.  If you have some insight, please share it.

Podcasting PlateauIt’s reflection time again. This weekend was the regional Teachers Teaching with Technology Conference, and I signed up to present a session on wikis and a session on podcasting.  I have taught several podcasting workshops since 2006, and none of them have been as good as I wanted them to be.  The question I’m pondering is, “Can teachers learn to podcast from a workshop?  What am I doing wrong?

My first exposure to podcasting was at a preconference session led by Karen Fasimpaur at the Hot Springs Technology Institute.  In that workshop, Karen explained what a podcast was, we discussed the educational applications, we learned basic Audacity techniques, there was time to record and produce our MP3 file, and then some samples were played for the group.  Little emphasis was given to RSS feeds or how to publish the content.  Karen’s workshop was a great intro to voice recording and audio editing, but it wasn’t podcasting by the current definition.

The following semester, I was asked to provide a podcasting workshop for the Arkansas Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.  Because I hadn’t worked much with podcasting over the summer, the empahsis of that workshop was on audio recording and editing as well.  The participants seemed satisfied.  They all left with their very own MP3 recording and the ability to repeat the steps, but I felt that something was still missing.

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