Week 3: Planning Podcasting Projects

January 28th-February3rd

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 to become familiar with 2.1. preparing podcast for publishing and 2.2. editing tricks

These tutorials will help you when editing the conversation (or interview) you will record with



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

2.2  Editing tools, effects and adding music to podcasts

Now go to Activity 3 to apply what you have learned in these tutorials.

*Mac users: You may use Call Recorder as an alternative for the Skype MP3 recorder. It is a paid software, but you can use the free demo for this activity. You might be also interested in reading this as well. (Thanks to Yuly Asención for this note)

The Mp3 SKype Recorder (Updated link) is an automatic Skype call recording tool. You will use it to record an interview you will make to one of your colleagues. 

3.1. Watch this tutorial:

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

In case of having technical problems, once installed the recorder, trying to record or not finding the recorded file, this is what MP3 Skype recorder people recommend:

* Restart skype, MP3 Skype Recorder, & computer
* Reinstall skype (tried the latest version, v6 then tried older versions as well), reinstall skype recorder
* Replace lame_enc.dll with the latest copy from Audacity (this made the error happen less often but it still happens several times a day)

3.2. Interview recorded with Mp3 Skype Recorder.  

By this time you should have already downloaded and installed Skype on your computer (Week 1-Activity 1).  

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 DixCCMixter or Free Music Archive.          

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
c. Click on Week 3 

d. Click on the "Interview" folder.

e. Click on Add link: In Title, write "My Interview".  In Description, write 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:

This week you are going to think a bit about the podcast project you would like to showcase during Week 5. Before writing your draft, have a look at this video. It may spark  some inspiration to write your project.

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 2nd, 2013 
Time: 11:30 AM (Caracas time) 16:00 GMT
Check your time zone here
Length: 1 hour

Podcasting for the ESL/EFL Classroom 2013 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.

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