Week 3

January 24th-January 28th

Reading 1                                                                                                             
"Creating and listening to podcasts offers many learning opportunities for pupils both in and out of the classroom...." (Teachers TV). Read more

Reading 2                                                                                                             
How to Plan Your Podcast                                                                                       
"Get the best possible sound quality possible.
• Get a good microphone.
• Record in a quiet place."...."
(Kelly, 2005). Read more                                      

Reading 3                                                                                                             
10 Great Ways to use Audacity with Your Students                                           
"Audacity is a great audio editor for use in the classroom. It can be used on Windows, Mac and Linux operating systems, and the best part about it is that it is free!...." (Tips of the Iceberg). Read more

Podcasts for Education Made Easier
30 Ways to Use Audio in the ClassrromThe Educational Value of Podcasts
10 Ways to use iTunes/Podcast in the Classroom Ther´s Something in teh AirPodcast Script Writing

Answer the following Quiz on Readings 1 and 2.

 Match up the Podcast Show parts with their respective duration:

We want to know which activities mentioned in the article  10 Great Ways to Use Audacity with Your Students are more appropriate for your teaching context and a potential activity for your Podcast project. Click on “Yes” to show you like the activity and you think you can use it with your students at school/university. Click on “No” to show you don’t like the activity and you think  it is not really appropriate for your teaching context.

Reading 3


Write comments on the readings below.


  1. I thought the reading gave some useful tips regarding podcasts. With regards to Audacity, with lower ability students, I have used it to record oral tests, giving students a chance to improve their grade by editting their recording the following day.

  2. Hi!!!!

    Thanks so much for these awesome readings!!! :)
    I've just completed all the tasks and read everything except for : "30 ways tio use audio in the classroom", which I could not access.
    Could anyone send me the file in a word doc if you can acess it, please?

    I have recorded students only with "vacs", which is a player I have inb the computer lab.
    I have never published students' work as I was worried about rights.
    But I do feel like doing it now, thanks to you:!
    I'll just ask for parents' permissions first as suggested in one of the articles.
    I LOVE all the TIPS as I'm a beginner & am deeply interested in the ideas & different ways of using these fantastic tools.

    I'm looking forward to introducing Glogster to my pupils.
    I plan to do it soon with 1 of my classes and will go from there!

    THANKS a bunch!!!!:)
    Have a great day!

  3. There were several great ideas in "30 Interesting Ways to Use Audio...." Students can practice becoming more concise by recording "Nanostories" - 1 to 3 sentences on a topic that can be part of an individual blog or joined to those of other students. Period or traditional music or clips of famous speeches linked to topics, personalities, or events can introduce recorded reflections or class discussions.(Marcia)

  4. Lots of useful tips and ideas for the classroom. I can wait to try some of them or share them with my colleagues.

  5. Hi to our dear avid readers!!!! Love so much how you start doing your activities right away. Marie, I have just uploaded as a PDF document "30 Interesting Ways to Use Audio" to our Yahoo Group. Go to Files / Readings.

  6. These readings really get the ideas rolling. I had a group in one of my classes last year actually returned a homework in the form of a podcast...it was a radio interview where they were impersonating an American filmstar who was talking about his film. I was amazed by their skills.

  7. This is a nicely balanced collection of texts. Thanks for the pdf file Miguel, nanostories look good to me too.

    The "There's something in the air" pdf has a nice idea of getting groups of students to make a podcast preview of a text and posting that for others in the class to use as lesson preparation.

  8. Yes! Maybe you can use the Nanostories as your podcast project. "There is something in the air" is a bit long, but it has also got some interesting tips to think about podcast projects in class.

  9. Yes Trevor I think it is great if we can understand how our students use all these web resources. You can be as skillful as your students when it comes to using web tools (or podcast for that matter) in class by exploring (even if we are a bit afraid or scared)each one of them or attending sessions like this one.

  10. Joe Dale, Podcasting in the Classroom: Short, simple, good tips.
    Charles Kelly, Guidelines....: What does he mean by "clipping" and "normalize the show"? Good tips re: avoid hard walls; keep it short and on topic; listen to podcasts and avoid doing what you dislike; Useful sample podcast outline.
    10 Great Ways to Use Audacity: Lots of ideas here (targeting elementary native speakers): poetry readings sounds interesting, less intimidating than free speech at first, easier to practice; comments include links to free music & sound effects.

  11. Hey Nina. Let´s see...

    Clipping: "Clipping occurs when the volume of the audio being recorded or played frequently goes beyond the capacity of Audacity as measured by the Vertical Ruler and Meter toolbar. The audio that goes beyond the capacity will be missing from the track. Depending on the file, the result can distort the audio output by leaving small gaps in the playback."

    "Normalize" (Effect): "increases the tracks to a working level..." Some people recommend to add this effect before you start editing your audio file.

  12. 10 great ways to use Audacity...ten great ideas! I will use some of them with my students though they're mainly adults and young adults. Thank for the explanation of "clipping" and "normalize" I had doubts too.

  13. Hi dear session mates,

    I wonder what is the use of a jingle in a EFL podcast?
    And how can jingles be added to the podcast content?

    Thanls in advance ( Loubna FLAH)

  14. Hey Flah. A jingle is a short tune that you can use in podcasts. Check tutorial 2. We show you there how to add music (jungle) at the beginning and end of a podcast (2. Editing tools, effects and adding music to podcasts), Activity 2.

  15. I thought these readings had some really useful tips about making our own Podcasts. Especially the idea of advertising your Podcasts with twitter or something, and also I enjoyed the idea of getting family or friends involved in a project with students.

  16. This is one of the best courses that I have taken in EVO and they are all usually top-notch. The step-by-step approach that you have used to prepare us for creating a project is very well done. Kudos!

  17. I'm not sure that I understand #8 in the 10 Great ways to use Audacity. The suggestion is to record comments/opinions to add to a VoiceThread, especially if there are multiple users.

    Perhaps it is the use of the word "comment" that is confusing me. From my use of VT I have only seen that you can "comment" by clicking the mic or webcam icons. You can't upload a comment. You could, however, upload a video to the main screen area, but I don't see how Audacity would be of help here.

    Could you help me understand what the author is referring to.

    Thanks a bunch!

  18. Hi Maryanne...I have never uploaded files to Voicethread. However, it seems to be you can do that. Check out this info:

  19. Thanks Maryanne for your comments about this session!=)

  20. It seems to be you need an Educator or Pro account to upload MP3´s.

  21. Here's one more question. In the Podcast Script Writing article sample, they suggest and doing and intro of who you are and what you're going to talk about ( 30-60 seconds)and a jingle (30-60 seconds). I'm assuming these are simultaneous with the jingle on a second track. Is that correct?

  22. I've read most of the aritcles and I've found excellent ideas to be implemented very soon. Thanks a lot for this great course!

  23. I really appreciate the tips from the readings. I usually use any kind of recording with my students and the hardest part for me is assessing them. Here is another tip :
    If you or your students can´t have access to recording on the computers a good alternative is a digital recorder. You can turn the file into wav and then upload them into your blog or any other place.

  24. Hi all,
    The readings this week give good background as we begin to develop our podcasting projects. I love the ideas in using audacity in the classroom and the tecnical tips to consider when I am ready to record my podcast.

  25. I love the quizzes to test our recall of the articles. Another great resource that sparks my thinking on how i can make my blog interactive to make learning fun for my students.

    great job again guys

  26. Great readings, to the point as usual.
    Can u give me more details about mono and stereo format and their direct impact on the audio podcast sound quality( it was not clear to me in the reading) . Thanks in advance :)

  27. I love the readings. I echo the other comments. The readings provide wonderful ideas that can be implemented and I plan to use a lot of them in my listening/speaking classes. Thanks to the mods again for excellent selections to get us thinking. When I started this session, I was stumped for ideas on how to use podcasts in the classroom...now I can't wait to try many of them.
    I appreciate the explanation of "clipped" because I didn't understand that either.

  28. I enjoyed the readings which give practical tips for classroom use. I will definitely use some of them.

  29. I enjoyed the readings a lot, and found them very helpful, moreover, I think they encourage unexperienced teachers to give podcasting a try. This week I'll do my best to get my interview recorded.
    Great job our Moderators have done!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!