“Can’t you smother it with tomato ketchup or something?”
John Lennon asking George Martin to cover up his horrible voice.
Today we will:
- introduce you to the possibility of using your phone and MyPlayer for podcasting
- introduce you to the private ‘personal’ category all staff have on MyPlayer
- introduce you to free academic content in iTunes, including our University’s channel
- give you an opportunity to have a hunt for interesting podcasts
- discuss some reasons why you might consider podcasting
What if I don’t have a smart phone or don’t wish to make a video?
It’s absolutely fine if you don’t have a smart phone and/or do not wish to record anything, the activity below caters for you.
What we mean by Podcasting
The word ‘podcast’ is used generically to describe any video or audio file uploaded to the web. We will continue to use that generic term here, though the original term related specifically to a series of audio files released in sequence and downloaded by subscribers (I’ll collect my anorak at the door).
What software do we have to deliver podcasts?
iTunes has a section called iTunesU. Hundreds of universities upload free-to-use content on to it. If you have access to iTunes then go and have a look, there’s some incredible resources up there. I’d like to think our teachers might encourage our students to find information on there too. Anglia Ruskin University has a channel on iTunes that we use for podcasting – enter Anglia Ruskin in the search engine of iTunes, and see what we’ve produced. Have a search for Open University too if you get chance.
Staff can’t post things directly to our iTunesU channel (speak to me, Jason Williams, if you’d like to). However, I believe it’s good to know that ARU are representation on there of high quality materials, which have received tens of thousands of views and downloads from all over the world. The image below shows our latest collection:
All members of staff have access to upload to the University media library, MyPlayer. Everyone now has a personal category which is a private area they can upload to, and then share only to people who they give the web address to.
Why would I create podcasts?
- It’s incredibly simple to do these days – and the quality of the image and audio is amazing on phones.
- You can connect with students and let them know what’s coming up in the week/semester/course.
- You can make very usable videos of activities to give feedback.
- You can create short videos and answer frequently asked questions.
- Set tasks or deliver content before class, to discuss in class.
- Videos can help create a personal touch.
Why would I watch/listen/subscribe to Podcasts?
There’s a world of incredible content out there being delivered in this way. Whether work related or not, I hope you find something you like when you attempt the task.
How to create podcasts with your mobile phone:
It’s very easy. Here are the instructions in short:
- Go to myplayer.anglia.ac.uk on your phone
- Log in using your staff user name and password
- Click ‘upload’
- and either shoot or upload a video you’ve made
View a short video tutorial on how to upload from your phone if you need more help.
Tips on how to make a podcast:
- Don’t worry too much about the odd extraneous noise – life is noisy and you’ll never find anywhere completely quiet.
- If you mess up a bit, cough or whatever, that’s fine, and is quite natural. However, if you get something factually incorrect, that would be problematic and you will need to either correct yourself, or start again.
- Keep it short and to the point – think about how long you’d watch a video for.
- Nobody is going to be in the slightest bit put off if you have a piece of paper with you that you refer to.
- I’ve found that balancing my phone on the lip of the screen-surround is a good place to shoot from:
You have a choice today:
1. Find me an interesting educational podcast, and post a description/url to it in the comments section (use Google to find them)
2. Use your phone to record a quick message, go to myplayer.anglia.ac.uk on your phone, and upload the video into your Private Category on MyPlayer via your phone. You will receive a link to that video in your email once the system has finished compressing it. (it usually takes about 20 mins) Copy that link from the email and paste it into the comments section. Here’s one I made earlier.
P.S. That quote at the top of the page? Even John Lennon hated his voice – people are already used to yours, be brave.