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January 12, 2013

Presentation: Enhancing a Course with Audio Podcasts

On Thursday I did a face to face workshop in the CTLE at GCC on audio tools. This was a short 50 minute presentation with about 10 people in attendance. All the content is posted on my wiki, but I posted the main page below. Links should take you back to my wiki where you can learn all kinds of great stuff about teaching with technology.

Workshop Wiki:


  • Introduction – What is Podcasting? (5 min)
  • Examples of Courses Enhanced with Audio (20 min)
  • Demonstration of a few Tools (20 min)

 Google Voice

  • Use a Google Voice number with your students and you won’t have to worry about students having your phone number. They can call and text you during the times you want to permit that, and when you don’t, you have all the calls go straight to voicemail where you can read or listen to them later.
  • Google keeps a record of every call and text conversation you have with your students, and you can even record calls that you feel need to be recorded.

Tips to Help you Manage Your Teaching Environment Using Google Voice

  • One number: a single phone number that rings all your phones
  • Free SMS: send, receive & store text messages online
  • Block calls: send unwanted callers straight to voicemail
  • Record calls: record phone calls and store them online
  • Conference calls: join several people into a single call
  • Screen callers: hear who is calling before you pick up
  • Watch videos of these features in action »

Audio Podcasting Tools

  • VoiceThread is a collaborative, multimedia slide show that holds images, documents, and videos and allows people to navigate slides and leave comments in 5 ways – using voice (with a mic or telephone), text, audio file, or video (via a webcam).
  • AudioPal is an online service to allow individuals an easy and effective way to add audio to their online message. Easily record and embed the audio just about anywhere on the web.
  • ipadio allows you to broadcast from any phone to the Internet live.  Phone blog, collect audio data, record and update the world, or simply let your mates know what you’re doing – ipadio is integrated with Social Media & Blogging platforms.
  • AudioBoo is a mobile & web platform that effortlessly allows you to record and upload audio for your students or the rest of the world to hear.
  • SoundCloud is an online audio distribution platform that allows collaboration, promotion and distribution of audio recordings.
  • Canvas Podcasts facilitate learning-on-the-go and can be used to disseminate language lessons, recorded lectures, and video and audio supplemental course material. Podcast episodes can be posted by both instructors and students, and threaded commenting allows participants to discuss the works within the same podcast site.


Intro to Audioboo from Mark Rock on Vimeo.

Tips to Help you Manage Your Teaching Environment Using Audio Podcasting Tools

  • Mobile posting from your cell phone or iPod Touch
  • Quick updates for students or reminders for you
  • Quick check-ins for students – Gabcast

Let’s Practice 

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