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Podcasting
Tools and Tips

 

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

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

Video Tools

Mac
PC
Tool
Description
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

 

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.

 

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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