How to: Record a podcast & post it online

AudacityOne of our school librarians asked me how to create a podcast of a student reading a book review, which she then wanted to post online and create a QR code to.  I will cover creating and posting the podcast in this post, then write a separate post about the QR code.

How to: Record a podcast

First, download your software and create your online account.

One more “ahead of time” touch:

  • Personalize your podcast – It is very easy to add a podcast opening and closing to your file.  Create a new file and record a podcast opening that announces your school or podcast (for example, students saying “Bulldogs Podcast!”) and save it as “podcast_open”.  Then create a podcast closing that thanks the listener and tells them where to get more information (for example, “Thank you for listening to the Bulldogs Podcast.  For more information about our school, visit our website at ___________,”) as save this file as “podcast_close.”  I also add soft, copyright-free music behind the voices on my open and close to give it a nice touch.

Now you are ready to create your podcast!  I always recommend doing a test project first (from beginning to end) before you use it in a class time to make sure everything goes smoothly.  (Or if you have a tech-savvy student, left them try it to work out the kinks.)

  • Record a podcast – Open Audacity and “record” a podcast. I call Audacity the “Microsoft Word” of audio.  There are TONS of features you can use, but I mostly just record audio, do quick edits, and save the files.  There are lots of nice tutorials on YouTube, but here is one called “Using Audacity” by Tony Vincent.  When done, save the file.
  • Edit & add your open & close – just “open” and add the open and close to your podcast, “drag” them where you want them, and save the file.
  • Export as an MP3 – In Audacity, go to “File -> Export” then make sure to change the file type to MP3.  If you don’t have that option, then reinstall the LAME Encoder (step 2).
  • Upload your podcast – login to your Podbean account, and “Publish a new podcast”.  Make sure to give your podcast a brief (but good title) – ex. “Book Review: Charlotte’s Web” – and a brief description.

Once you have uploaded your podcast, you’ll now have a URL (website address) for the podcast episode that you can share with others, post to a website, or link to a QR code.  You will also have an RSS feed for people to subscribe to, if they are into that type of thing.  (But more on that later!)  In the meantime, happy podcasting!

If you want to hear an example of how all these steps come together in a podcast, you can listen to the podcast I do on Podbean for our school district at KCSDpodcast.

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Like many folks who work with instructional technology, I often get asked, “can you remind me how to do X?” X, in this case, represents a wide variety of simple to complex tasks. I often find myself digging back through my external hard drive or my Google Drive to find step sheets, and always thinking to myself, “I should share these. Maybe one day I will put them on a blog.” So…today is the day. My goal is to share these with anyone who needs them. My philosophy is that all my resources are open for anyone to use – that’s why I created them. If you find these helpful, terrific! If you find an issue or have a better way, please let me know! I’ll update my information and thank you.

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