Creating a Podcast Using GarageBand

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In this workshop, you will discover excellent audio (& video) resources for teaching and learning. 
Create a podcast and learn how podcasting can work for 
you AND your students. In other words...
  • Discover existing podcasts you may find useful
  • Discuss ‘why use podcasts in school?’
  • Plan a basic podcast, record sounds, lay down tracks
  • Save and export your podcast as an MP3 or MP4 file
  • Upload your podcast to a blog or wiki
  • Play it on an iPod, CD or MP3 player
  • Let others know you’re podcasting by creating a feed

top.pngWhat is a Podcast?

Podcasting is, at its most basic, creating digital audio (and/or video) to share. It goes from there to creating a regular series of recordings or ‘episodes,’ and then publishing and promoting your series, or ‘podcast’ so others can easily access it. Here are two videos to introduce the workshop a little better:

TRY IT: Watch Podcasting in Plain English, from CommonCraft:

Watch Apple’s Podcasting video to learn the basics of creating a podcast with Garage Band.

top.pngWhy use Podcasts in Education?

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  • Tap into auditory (and sometimes visual) learning modes
  • Listen (on an iPod or MP3 player) any time, any place, in or out of school
  • Listen and replay sections or entire episodes as many times as needed
  • Read and follow along without looking ‘dumb’
  • Differentiate instruction by providing missing background material, more basic explanations, or more advanced material or extensions.
  • Give English language learners
  • Turn bus rides and commute time into active listening opportunities
  • Students will work hard creating their own podcasts to share their knowledge, insights and views with diverse audiences, potentially around the world.

top.pngFind Podcasts

The range of podcasts available is incredible:
  • Audio versions of class topics, novels, folktales, stories, music, more
  • Foreign language lessons, stories, tutorials, technical explanations & more
  • Popular radio shows and news providers offer audio and video to download
  • Student- and teacher-made productions from around the world

Find podcasts at the iTunes store, or in podcast directories on the web, like these:
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top.pngListen to Podcasts

  • Listen ‘live’ from a web site – look for a button to click and maybe volume controls
  • Play in iTunes – You can play entire episodes of free podcasts in iTunes without downloading them. Choose the episode you want and click iTune’s large play button in the upper left.

TRY IT: Explore the sites above. Find and listen to a few podcast episodes of interest. 
Reconsider your thoughts about podcasting in education and discuss them with your group.

top.pngSubscribe in iTunes

When you find a podcast you like, you can subscribe to it, telling iTunes (or other software) to automatically find and download all the episodes in the podcast series to your iTunes Library.

  1. Find a podcast in the iTunes Store
  2. Click the Subscribe button. You may need to click Subscribe again to confirm.
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  3. Click Podcasts in your iTunes Library.
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  4. You’ll see a list of your subscriptions. Click the subscription you want to play or customize.
  5. You’ll see a list of episodes available. Click GET to download individual episodes.
 Click GET ALL if you want all the episodes downloaded to your iTunes Library.
  6. At the bottom of the screen, click Settings, then choose the settings you’d like for that podcast.

top.pngSubscribe with an “RSS" or "XML" Feed

  1. You can use iTunes to subscribe to a podcast, even if you find the podcast in another directory or on a website. Websites may simply list the podcastʼs feed URL or may link to the URL using a small image like one of these:

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  2. Copy the RSS feedʼs URL: If the feed is shown as an image, hold down the control key and click the image, then choose to copy the link.
  3. In iTunes, go to the Advanced menu and choose Subscribe to Podcast...
  4. Paste the URL into the field and click OK. The latest episode of the podcast will be downloaded and stored in the Podcasts section of your iTunes Library.

top.pngSync a Podcast to your iPod

You can copy a full podcast or individual episode(s) from your iTunes Library to an MP3 player, iPod or even some cell phones.
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  1. Plug your iPod into your computer. 
It appears iTunes as one of your Devices
  2. Click the Podcast tab near the top. 
Choose podcasts to sync to your iPod.
  3. Click Apply, in the lower right

top.pngMake Podcasts FOR Your Students

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  • Find or create audio versions of classroom books and stories; 
Optional: add discussion questions and assignment instructions
  • Record classroom lectures or discussions so students can listen again if needed
  • Record instructions to use at home or school - assignments, tasks, experiments, etc.
  • Reinforce difficult concepts with extra lectures, explanations or background information
  • Walk students through an assignment; teach them to pause and replay the segments of your podcast
  • Provide class news to students and their families

top.pngCreate Podcasts WITH Your Students

  • Book reports, field trip reports, science reports, interviews
  • Record a lecture, class discussion, or notes for studying
  • Readers’ Theater – aaronshep.com
  • Reading fluency – readingrockets.org/teaching/reading101/fluency or 

  • History – historyzine.com or historypodcast.blogspot.com
  • Music, poetry or speech performances – poetryfoundation.org
  • Alternatives to written reports or tests –
  • Social stories – thegraycenter.org

top.pngPlan Your Podcast

  • Hardware: a computer with a microphone and a quiet place to work. You can also use a portable digital recorder, or add a mic to your iPod!
  • Software: Garage Band, to create your podcast; iTunes to play it;
  • Materials: Choose a topic, set time limits, draft an outline or script, and practice.
  • For more details on planning a podcast, visit LearningInHand.com or How-to-Podcast-tutorial.com

TRY IT: Plan your Podcast, with a topic, rough script, timeline, etc. Work with a team, partner or alone.

top.pngGet Ready

  1. Open Garage Band – Choose ‘Create new Podcast Episode.’
  2. Save – For practice, save this podcast as: YourName.band (no punctuation or spaces). Later, you may wish to save podcasts by name and episode number, such as “sciencelabs001.band”
  3. Choose where to save your project, either the Garage Band folder or the Desktop... 
Click Create.

    Note: you may need to go to the File menu and choose New first!


Use the diagram as a guide:
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  1. Choose a voice track – they are set up to optimize a typical male or female voice.
  2. Click the red circle to record, and start speaking
  3. Click the red circle again to stop recording. Click the play button to stop the playhead from moving.


Use the diagram as a guide:
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  1. Drag the marker back to the beginning
  2. Click Play to listen.

top.pngEdit and Repeat...

  1. Click a segment and type the delete key to erase it
  2. Drag a segment to align it with other segments as needed
  3. To split a segment into two, move the marker to where you want it split, then choose Edit > Split. You can then delete, adjust or move the two segments separately.
  4. Re-record or add more segments as needed; always add recorded segments to a voice track

TRY IT: Open Garage Band, SAVE, then record your first audio segment and listen to it. SAVE again 
Add some more audio tracks to your podcast. SAVE again!

top.pngAdd Music

  1. Add music to the separate track called ‘Jingles.’ It can play in the background or in between tracks. You can import music from your iTunes Library or use Garage Band sound effects and loops.
  2. Turn on Ducking (right) to automatically lower the volume on a music track when a voice track is playing.
  3. You can also add sound effects, such as a bell or chime to indicate it’s time to turn the page in an accompanying book. These should go in a Voice track.

top.pngAdd Artwork & Chapters

Use the diagram as a guide:
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  1. Click the Podcast Track
  2. Click ‘Photos’
  3. Choose an album and find the photo you want.
  4. Drag the photo to the point when you want it to appear in your podcast. It will also become a chapter marker, for easy navigation.
  5. Drag the photos as needed to line them up with your sound segments
  6. Drag ‘cover art’ to the artwork window in the lower left.
  7. Add specific chapter titles if you want.
  8. SAVE!

TRY IT: Add music, images, etc., to your podcast. SAVE again!

top.pngExport Your Podcast

  1. From the Share menu, choose Export Podcast to Disk…
Compress using: MP3 Encoder
Audio Settings: Spoken Podcast
  2. Click Export, Name & Save…
  3. Export your podcast now. Note where you export it to.

  4. Drag your podcast file into your iTunes Library, and then move it to your iPod using the directions above.

top.pngShare Your Podcast

You can copy your podcast file onto a USB drive, burn it to a CD, attach it to an email, or publish it to a blog or other web site. Remember to only use materials that you have created or that are in the public domain if you wish to share your podcast.
If you manage your web site with iWeb, you can quickly post your podcast to your iWeb site. From the Share menu, choose Send Podcast to iWeb… This will open iWeb for you and create a blog entry page you can edit. iWeb takes care of creating a feed for others to subscribe to your podcast. Tip: It’s a good idea to create a unique blog for your podcast.

top.pngPost Your Podcast on a Blog or Web Site

To post a single episode, you can simply upload the file and create a link. If you intend to create several episodes for a podcast, you’ll need to create a feed. Check out these free online tools for creating a feed:
  • Poderator.com – You post your podcast on your own site; Poderator helps you create the feed you need so others can susbscribe to your podcast.
  • Feedburner.com – set up a feed with Feedburner
  • www.google.com/support/feedburner/ - tips on how to publish a podcast using Feedburner

top.pngSubmit Your Podcast to the iTunes Store

In order to publish your podcast on the iTunes Store, you must first publish it elsewhere, then submit the feed address to iTunes for approval. To learn more, visit apple.com/itunes/whatson/podcasts/specs.html

TRY IT: Post your podcast to your blog, wiki or web site, if you have one.

top.pngBonus: Create a Video with Photobooth

Photobooth comes free on the Mac and lets you create video with the built-in iSight camera – this is a quick and easy way to add a talking head video to your podcast!

top.pngLearn More about Podcasting

top.pngYour Input

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