Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Promoting Podcasts: Step Four

Online comment regarding podcasts reflects the ability to subscribe and share these free prerecorded (usually not professionally edited) audio files. Fryer (2010) posted on his wiki, Teach Digital: Curriculum: Introduction to Educational Podcasting, "Feeds let you pull information when you want it, rather than having it pushed to you like spam. Podcasts use feeds so people can SUBSCRIBE to them with podcatching software like iTunes or Juice."(para 5)
I like accessing podcasts on Google reader and will use iTunes to catch TED talks, Clever Sheep, TVO's Big Ideas and CBC's Writers and Company.
Subscriptions are an integral part of podcasting. The Wizzard Media podcasting network celebrated "15,000 shows (which) encompass approximately 1 million audio and video episodes, downloaded over 1.4 billion times in 2009."
This post will illustrate some of the podOmatic tools used to promote and share podcasts.

We're Going on a Bear Hunt
The above link was added to this blog using the podOmatic share link designated for Blogger. 

When users click on a podcast listed in their profile the following episode screen shows what other podOmatic users see. The site allows social networking and comments for each podcast as well as the ability to share, embed, email and link to Facebook.
PodOmatic includes other tools for promoting podcasts.
My podcast URL is:    http://holwerda.podomatic.com

The RSS feed is: http://holwerda.podomatic.com/rss2.xml

I was able to add a podOmatic badge similar to the one below at the bottom of this blog which links to my podcast library. 
I enjoyed working with podOmatic to create and publish podcasts. I like the multi-track player and the ease of recording and playing episodes. I look forward to podcasting with my students. I anticipate being able to use podcasts/screencasts for staff professional development when introducing new technology. It will be far easier to email a link for a screen capture or a podcast  than to encourage staff to attend an after school session.

1 comment:

  1. I am also enjoying podOmatic. Thanks for sharing your story. I have been using Audacity to record. http://audacity.sourceforge.net/