As the weeks go on we are discovering how many of the technologies featured in the programme can be integrated and enhanced by being used together. So in this activity you’ll be having a go at utilising the technologies from previous weeks (blogs, wikis and RSS) with podcasts and online video.
Activity #1 – Pick your podcatcher and subscribe to some podcasts
In Week 3 you will have created an account with Bloglines or Google Reader and both of these readers can be used to subscribe to podcasts using RSS.
Or try something new and download iTunes and use that as your podcatcher.
There are podcasts on just about every subject under the sun so try and find ones which are of personal or professional interest to you – that way you’ll enjoy listening to them!
Step 1 – search for a podcast
Try using a couple of different podcast search engines such as iTunes, Podcastalley, Podcastdirectory, Everyzing and Podomatic and compare the results. Remember you can also use Google or Yahoo; just add ‘podcast’ as a keyword in your search.
Step 2 – subscribe
When you’ve found your podcast you need to subscribe to it. Look for the familiar orange RSS logo, or you may even see a handy button saying ‘Subscribe using iTunes, GoogleReader, Bloglines etc. Alternatively look for the RSS feed URL and copy and paste that into your chosen podcatcher.
If you need a refresher on RSS then head back to the Week 3 post and activities on RSS, or contact the Learning 2.0 team.
Subscribe to at least 3 podcasts and then get your headphones on and have a listen to a couple.
Activity #2 – Create an account with YouTube or Google Video
Step 1 – register
If you’ve previously created an account with Google Reader then Google Video should recognise and you’re good to go. Registering with YouTube just takes a few seconds.
Step 2 – search for some videos
Both Google Video and YouTube allow you to search for videos using keywords. Have a go and see if you can find anything of interest. Try searching for ‘libraries’ and see what happens!
Step 3 – add some favourites and RSS feeds
Once you’ve found some videos you like try and make them a favourite, or set up an RSS feed so you’ll know when videos featuring similar content is added.
To find out more about these features go to the YouTube or Google Video help pages.
Activity #3 – Add media to your blog and wiki page
Step 1 – add audio to your blog
Follow these instructions to add audio files to your blog. Think about copyright though! You can find ‘podsafe’ music on Podsafe Audio, Jamendo and opsound.
Step 2 – add video to your blog and wiki page
If you haven’t done this already try adding a video to your blog and your wiki page.
Activity #4 – Become a podcaster! (Entirely optional)
If you think this podcasting lark sound easy then why not try it for yourself!
Step 1 – find out what you need to do
Try these quick tutorials which provide a good overview of the equipment and software you need to podcast, as well as tips on how to make your podcast great!
Step 2 – get some software
Audacity is free audio software for recording and editing your podcast. It’s easy to use but these tutorials will help get you started.
Step 3 – podcast!
If you do podcast please let your fellow participants know and let them listen to your masterpiece.