Posts Tagged ‘podcasting’

Become a Discovery Education STAR

March 2, 2010

Discovery Education (the Discovery Channel folks) offers an excellent program for educators looking for new technology resources called the Discovery Education Network.  Active members who contribute to the community can gain recognition as Discovery STARS and receive a number of extra benefits, too!

One of the great things about being a STAR Discovery Educator is having so many opportunities to meet like-minded educators and learn what technologies and strategies work for them.  Back in September I was asked to present a session on podcasting at the Western Tennessee Day of Discovery in Collierville, Tennessee.  In October I got to meet a great group of folks both in person and online through the Fall Virtual Conference.  This weekend the Arkansas Leadership Council in association with the North Little Rock Best Buy’s Geek Squad will be presenting We’ve Flipped, a workshop on integrating Flip Video, video editing, and Glogster.

Now is a perfect time to join the Discovery Education community or upgrade to STAR status.  Check ’em out at!

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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Podcasting Session at Henderson – Reflection

November 3, 2008

Dr. Patricia Weaver at Henderson State University had me do a 3 hour session on Podcasting and RSS tonight with one of her Ed Leadership classes.  This is the same class I talked to on October 20.  Having met with them once before made the session go smoother, but it was not without its bumps…

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