Podcasting is delivering audio content to iPods and other portable media players on demand, so that it can be listened to at the user's convenience. The main benefit of podcasting is that listeners can sync content to their media player and take it with them to listen whenever they want to. Because podcasts are typically saved in MP3 format, they can also be listened to on nearly any computer.
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Podcasting in Plain English

How is Podcasting Relevant to Education?

  • A teacher uses her cell phone to create a podcast with daily homework assignments and other classroom information. Parents download the podcasts to stay up-to-date on their children's school activities.
  • The district technology staff podcasts quick tech support tips for teachers to access as they need them.
  • Kids create a podcast about the Civil War to show what they've learned and share it with other classrooms.
  • A school board podcasts their meetings and special events as a way to increase community involvement in the school system.
  • A teacher records her class for students to download as a podcast. These podcasts are used by students who are absent as well as by those who need extra reinforcement or want to review.
  • Students on a field trip record audio to use in projects when they return to school.
  • Podcasting opens up a global audience


Sea Turtles
Jen Dorman's Social Studies Class
Radio Willow Web

Where to Find Podcasts

The Quick and Dirty Podcast

Teachers can quickly use GABCAST to create a quick and dirty podcast from their phones.
  • Free
  • No computer or software required -- just a cell phone or landline
  • Subscribable -- you create a channel and others can subscribe to it.
  • Embeddable -- put the podcast right into your wikispace or other website.
  • Check out this example! --
Gabcast! Tapp's Tips #2 - YS Podcasting Example

An example of using Gabcast to create a podcast

Gabcast! Tapp's Tips #3

Steps for Creating a Podcast

  1. Plan: Storyboard and write a script
  2. Produce: Record the pieces of your podcast
  3. Edit: Put the pieces together, add music
  4. Publish: Share your creation

Tools and Materials

Planning a Podcast

Storyboard Templates


Telephone Podcasts - (Again)

Gabcast is a podcasting and audioblogging platform that offers an easy way to create and distribute audio content.
Gcast is your own audio broadcast, where you can easily record voice messages, mix in your favorite music, and share it all for the world to hear.

Audio Editing Tool

Audacity Free audio editing tool. Need to also download the Lame dll file in order to create the mp3 file.

Audacity FAQ


Soundsnap is the best platform to find and share free sound effects and loops- legally. It is a collection of original sounds made or recorded by its users, and not songs or sound FX found on commercial libraries or sample CD's.
PodSafe Audio promotes music that is licensed under Creative Commons. Musicians can upload their music to the Podsafe Audio website. Podcasters can use the music files in their podcasts, they just need to credit the musician in the podcast, for the musical clip.
Flash Kit Loop is a huge archive of royalty free music loops for you to download and use in your projects!
Jamendo, artists allow everyone to legally download and share their music for free. If you like some artists you can freely decide to pay them directly or just spread the word about them. Users can choose among different categories and genres and there’s no limit to the number of songs they can download.
Opsound is a community of musicians who decided to make their music available for free. Musicians and sound artists are invited to add their work to the Opsound pool using a copyleft license developed by Creative Commons. Listeners are invited to download, share, remix, and redistribute it.
ccMixter, launched by Creative Commons, is a community music site featuring remixes licensed under Creative Commons, where you can listen to, sample, mash-up, or interact with music in whatever way you want. If you're into music, browse this site to hear some of the remixes people have built from sampling music..


  • Podbean -- Supports audio and video podcasting (AKA - "enhanced podcasts" or "vodcasts")
  • Podomatic
  • GCast-- call in your podcast (similar to gabcast) or create on your computer and upload.

Copyright Fairy(tale)

Our First Podcasts!!!

Check out our first efforts!
Gabcast! YS Podcasting #8 - Leigh Foy interviews Stacy Houck