This week in my “Technologies in Educational Organizations” class, we’re discussing two not-very-related things: podcasts, and QR codes. If you’re not certain how I feel about QR codes…we could discuss it, or…
I dislike QR codes. There. I said it. Maybe if I had a smart something, I’d like them. But right now? Dislike. #ist611
— Marie(@intjME) March 18, 2013
So, while I read about QR codes and did try to think about them (see above result), I went with podcasting!
Here are the instructions, which I… somewhat followed. (Oops?)
Try creating your own 1 – 2 minute (approximately) podcast. You can make it a news podcast, a booktalk podcast, or anything that you think could be one in a series of regularly distributed podcasts. This could be something you would use on your own (as in a personal web site or a blog) or something that could be a regular feature on your school’s library web site.
Okay, I said. I can do that. So I downloaded Audacity for free, because I don’t think I have sound recording capable software on my computer [note: I most likely do, but I figured why not get the most out of this task and learn something new to boot?]. And then I realized Audacity has a bit of a steep learning curve — while it doesn’t seem hard to use, I think it has approximately a bajillion functions which I ignored for the time being. I learned:
- how to add a time track
- how to add a blank audio track onto which to record
- how to figure out the whole moving-the-time-forward-and-backward thing
- how to add an audio track to play in the background
- how to open the sound mixer for the two tracks
And then I went to town, as I am wont to do. Now, in the context of the assignment, I will explain: my theme, if you will, is a regularly occurring podcast in the vein of “Learn Something New”. The facts are thus:
- I am a librarian.
- I like learning new things.
- I like talking about the things I have learned.
So this seems like a grand opportunity! Admittedly the audio isn’t that great — I’m going to try to figure out more of the “clean up” tricks in Audacity soon, but having an embedded webcam in a laptop that you use many hours of the day means it picks up sounds you don’t want. ALAS. Additional note: I had to search for web-based storage space for a .wav/.mp3 file. WordPress requires you to upgrade in order to upload those sorts of files. I used mediashare.com’s free account this time…but I don’t know what I’d do if this was a regular sort of thing. Any suggestions?
Enjoy the Americana! 😉
Note: Click the link. Download the file, and open it in Windows Media Player or whatever it is you use for audio files. And please let me know if you have trouble with this. I didn’t realize that hosting/embedding/etc., would be such an issue!