This past November I attended the CLMS/CLHS and CUE Technology Conference “Digital Immigrants, Digital Natives,” which featured keynote speakers Marc Prensky, Will Richardson, and Carole Anne McGuire. What a fabulous four days it turned out to be! It was those four days that led me to become so excited about all the possibilities for technology in education.
One of my favorite workshops that long weekend was Ted Lai's Podcasting Bootcamp. Not only is Ted a wonderful presenter, but he has an amazing wealth of technology information stored in that brain of his! It was also a lot of fun to be able to play on the Macbook Pros that the conference had set up for us, and record my very first podcast! I couldn't wait to get back to my students and tell them all about it.
Since then, both my sixth and seventh graders have made their own podcasts (sixth graders are actually just finishing up their book review podcasts and having a lot of fun with it, I might add!) We've been making our podcasts in our computer lab which is filled with these beautiful new iMacs. But when you have 36 students trying to record...well, I'm sure you get the picture. Or the soundbyte, as the case may be.
I just came across a new tool for podcasting on Vinnie Vrotny's blog called Gabcast and it allows you to make a recording from your phone and save it to their website for future use. Once you sign up you'll be given an 800-number that you will use to call and make your recording. I haven't had a chance to play around with it yet (I'm adding that to my summer to-do list), but if you check out Vinnie's blog it will take you to his sample recording where he explains how to use it.