Week 3: Planning Podcasting Projects

January 27th - February 2nd

This week, you will learn a bit more about podcasting and how to edit audio files in Audacity, record Skype conversations with "Mp3 Skype Recorder", embed your podcasts into your Podcast page (Blogger), and plan your podcast project.

1. Go to our Reading blog.
2. Read the articles recommended for Week 3.
3. Participate in the forum and post your comments at the bottom of the page.

Watch the following tutorials and learn some tips to edit recordings in Audacity. You must watch them before you do Activity 3.

2.1. Preparing Podcast for Publishing - exporting mp3 and adding id3 tags


 Editing tools, effects and adding music to podcasts
The Mp3 SKype Recorder is an automatic Skype call recording tool for Windows. You will use it to record an interview you will make to one of your colleagues. For Mac users, you can use Call recorder. It is paid, but you can use the trial version.  For Linux users, you can try Skype Call recorder.      

3.1. Watch this tutorial and learn how to use MP3 Skype Recorder:    

Download the MP3 Skype Recorder here and install it on your computer/laptop.  

3.2. Interview recorded with Mp3 Skype Recorder.  

By this time you should have already downloaded and installed Skype on your computer.    Follow these instructions to record the interview.  

1. Contact a colleague from this session or a friend and make a Skype Call.  
2. Record a 3-minute-interview/conversation on any topic related to English language teaching or learning using MP3 Skype Recorder. You can also choose any other topic to talk about.
3. Edit the recording: 
  a. Add an intro jingle at the beginning and at the end of your podcast. You can download       music from any of this website with Creative Commons licenses.          
  b. Give a name to your podcast.      Your podcast should have the following suggested   outline:
4. Export the mp3 file and host it on Podbean   3.3. Share your Interview.

a. Go to our Yahoo Group 

b. Click on Links  

d. Click on the "MP3 Skype Recorder" folder.

e. Click on Add link: In Title, write "My Interview + Your name". In URL, paste your Podbean URL of the interview.

This week you will add to your blog the podcasts you have recorded so far. To do this Go to your Podcast project  page and embed:    
1. The podcast you recorded in Audacity and uploaded to Podbean during Week 2.     
2. The podcast you recorded in Podomatic during Week 2 (Out My Window).      
3. The podcast you recorded using MP3 Skype Recorder and Audacity. (Interview).     To embed your podcast watch this tutorial:        

Now it is your turn to start brainstorming what you would like to do as a podcast project. To do that you will:
    1. Fill in the chart in My Podcast project Draft with the following information*:     a) your name; 
    b) podcast idea; 
    c) podcast length; 
    d) individual/ group work; 
    e) one-off/ series of podcast 
    2. Read some of your colleagues´ drafts and write comments about it.
      This tutorial shows you how to create your chart in this Google doc.      
      *(Dudeney & Hockly, 2007)

      Date: Sat, February 1st, 2014
      Time: 11:30 AM (Caracas time) 16:00 GMT      Check your local time here   
      Length: 1 hour
        Podcasting for the ESL/EFL Classroom 2014 Live Session - Week 3

      1. done the weekly required readings 
      2. edited audio files using Audacity  
      3. explored other audio recorders like MP3 Skype Recorder  
      4. recorded a Skype interview/conversation with Mp3 Skype Recorder
      5. embedded your podcasts into your blog 6. Planned your podcast project
      6. attended the live session on WiZiQ
      Note: You can write questions or comments about this week, below.


      1. During week 3I learned that I won´t recommed Audacity for students, it should be dealt by teachers with lots of patiece. Podbean and Podomatic seem to be more adequate for studens.

      2. On the contrary, I believe students will enjoy using Audacity. Teachers must be trained first before using it in the classroom, though.

      3. I agree with Julio at this point. Audacity would take a full course with my students. I'm very happy with the tips for my use, though. I'll definitely enhance my recordings with music from now on.

      4. Thanks for sharing information it is very useful for study

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      5. Very nice post! That's still one of the most useful things I've learned how to do.. Thanks a lot!!!!

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