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Check out the following resources as you prepare to create your podcasts. We have gathered
a list of tools and best practices that might help you create the perfect Enhanced Podcast!


How to get started:

1. Check out the gallery360° Podcast Quick Start guide.

2. Review the ALEX Podcast Quality Scoring Guide.

**Click here to see sample topics and examples of high-quality podcasts that meet the ALEX Criteria.

3. Choose the appropriate tools for your operating system and your individual needs.

4. Use the "How to Create a Podcast Submission" guide to submit your podcast to ALEX.

5. Need help? Locate a Podcast Camp Graduate in your area.


Key- Blue = preinstalled. Green = Free Download.

Audio Tools

GarageBand Record and edit audio on a Mac.
Audacity Edit sound and music files.

Video Tools

    iMovie Easily create Videos on a Mac.
MovieMaker Create and edit video.
    PhotoStory Create PhotoStory collections using digital pictures.
    Photo Booth Use Photo Booth to take pictures with your Mac computer’s built-in iSight camera and add fun visual effects.
    FastStone Capture and annotate anything on the screen.
    Wink Create screencasts using a series of stills.
    Jing Create video screencasts. For Mac or PC.
    Any Video Converter Convert video from one format to another.
    Format Factory Media format conversion utility
    Screencasitfy Create video screencasts.


Sources for copyright-free music, video and sound

Here are some free resources for media to add to your podcast. Always remember, even if included here, it is the podcast creators' responsibility to ensure that all resources in your submitted podcasts are free of copyright.

  • Soundsnap- Podcast safe sound files
  • Podsafe Audio- Music you can freely use in your podcasts.
  • MusOpen- Musopen is an online music library of copyright free (public domain) music.
  • Moving Images Archive- Videos from the Internet archive, most are in the public domain.
  • Stock Footage for Free- Offers high-resolution versions of stock footage clips for free.
  • FedFlix- Public Domain Stock Footage Theater
  • WBGH Sandbox- Free video clips
  • Public Domain Torrents- Hundreds of videos that are in the public domain.
  • Public-Domain-Photos- Contains 1000's of Public Domain Photos.
  • Soungle- A royalty-free sound effect search engine.
  • Soundjay- Royalty-free sound effect downloads.
  • Pics4learning- Copyright free pictures for education.
  • Audio, Stills, and Video related to space and space exploration.
  • Media College- Free sound effects that are available for both commercal and non-commercial
  • Animal Photos- Free images of various animals.
  • Flash Kit- A site full of resources for Flash animation but check out the Free Sound FX and Sound Loop links in the top right corner!
  • TemplateWise- Free music loops!
  • Partners in Rhyme- Offers royalty free music for purchase, but the Sound Effects are FREE.


Podcast Planning Tools

Podcasting Best Practices

Check out these Best Practice Ideas.

Tony Vincent shares his Podcasting tools at Learning In Hand.

Storyboard Templates:

Enhanced Podcast Planning Worksheet (includes storyboard template)

Extra StoryBoard Sheets- Extra sheets to go with the Planning Worksheet (above)

Storyboard Planning Tool- A fillable Acrobat file that can be filled out and printed
(*Note- This form cannot be saved after filling in, it must be printed!)

Storyboard Creation Software by Atomic Learning- Link to free download.

Multimedia Tutorials:

ALEXAssist- A collection of tutorials for converting video. For the Web or as an iTunes Apps.

iMovie Overview - Courtesy of Vestavia Hills City Schools

iMovie Workshop- Courtesy of Vestavia Hills City Schools

iMovie Tutorials- From Apple Support

GarageBand Overview- Courtesy of Vestavia Hills City Schools

Audacity Tutorial- By AudacityDemo, released under Creative Commons License

MovieMaker Tutorial- by Elizabeth Sessions, Technology in Motion Trainer

MovieMaker Tutorials with Video- By Richard Murphy, ALEX Teachnology Trainer

ALEX Lesson Plans:

Translating Short Stories into Original Short Films- by Brandy Vermillion, Bob Jones High School
Provides several examples that are easily transferred to Podcasting.

Thinkfinity Lesson Plans:

Filmmaking: Creating and Organizing the Story- ArtsEdge


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