For our final project in Kent State’s Teaching Multimedia course, we were asked to create a unit lesson plan which would introduce one of the multimedia pieces that we worked with this semester to our students. I am planning to teach podcasting in my Intro to Journalism class next year, so I really wanted to make a lesson that I can use in the class (especially because it is new for me, so I anything I have prepared now will be great for later!). I enjoyed the podcasting unit in this class, especially the way the skills were scaffolded for us. Podcasting is a pretty accessible skill, so that is the focus of my lesson and Camtasia tutorial, all provided below.
Lindbergh High School
St. Louis, MO
Title: Introduction to Podcasting
In this lesson, students will learn about available recording and editing software and apps. Students will record an interview and edit it to create and publish a podcast.
- Students will experiment with audio recording software.
- Students will conduct a recorded interview.
- Students will use audio editing software to produce a podcast.
- Students will publish a completed podcast.
Overviews and Timeline:
Day 1 (50-minute class)
Teacher will introduce students to podcasts. As a class, listen to the following three podcasts:
Day 1 Homework
Students should find one additional podcast, which includes an interview, to share with the rest of the class.
Day 2 (50-minute class)
Teacher will introduce the applications and software that students will be using to create their podcasts. Share the camtasia tutorial with students. Pass out the assignment and planning sheets. Students should spend the remainder of the time working on their planning sheet and setting up their interview.
Day 2 Homework
Students will interview one person on the topic of their choice. Students should record their interview using AudioBoom. Then, they should upload their audio file to their AudioBoom.com profile.
Day 3 (50-minute class)
Teacher will introduce resources to find copyright free music by sharing the article “Avoid copyright and use royalty-free music for video production” (link below). Students will begin editing their podcast using Audacity in class, asking the teacher for assistance if needed.
Day 3 Homework
Students will finish editing their podcast using Audacity. When complete, either upload the podcast to AudioBoom or Soundcloud and share the link with the teacher.
Students will record an interview with one person on the topic of their choice. Students will edit that file into a podcast with an introduction, conclusion and music. Grading will be based on the attached rubric.
Goble, Don (2012). “Avoid copyright and use royalty-free music for video production.” Retrieved from: http://www.jeadigitalmedia.org/2012/07/06/royalty-free-music-for-video-production/
JEA Curriculum, “Lesson: Audio for Multimedia Broadcast.” Retrieved from: http://curriculum.jea.org/lesson-audio-for-multimedia-broadcast/
Phillips, Kyle (2014). “Podcasting Basics for Beginners.” Retrieved from: http://www.jeadigitalmedia.org/2014/03/28/podcasting-basics-for-beginners/
Rogers, Jonathan (2016). “Podcasts on Podcasting.” Retrieved from: http://www.jeadigitalmedia.org/2016/10/14/podcasts-on-podcasting/
Podcast Homework Sheet
Using the Audioboom app, conduct a field interview outside of the classroom. Find a subject that has something interesting to talk about. When you are conducting your interview, be sure to ask questions that can not be answered in one word.
Record more than you might actually need so you have material you can cut down later. When conducting your interview, try to be conversational. Your final project should be about 2-3 minutes long. Be sure to replay your audio before you leave the interview scene to make sure your sound has turned out well, or reshoot if necessary. Try to eliminate background noise from the interview.
After recording the interview, upload the audio to AudioBoom. You will also want to record your introduction and conclusion using the app. Find copyright free music and download the file. Then, import these files into Audacity and edit these pieces together to create your podcast. You will need to include the introduction and conclusion as well as copyright free background music. Trim down unnecessary content or long pauses and make sure your cuts are unnoticeable. You should be able to hear the voices easily over the music. You may need to use fades to transition between pieces. Use headphones when editing to clearly hear all sound. Use the Camtasia tutorial to troubleshoot at home.
When finished editing, all voices should be clearly heard and the transition and edits should be smooth, not clipped and not noticeable. Export the final product and upload to either AudioBoom.com or SoundCloud and email the link to your teacher.
For this unit, you will be expected to do the following:
|Find one podcast to share with the class||5||Tues. 10/10|
|Complete Interview Planning Sheet||20||Wed. 10/11|
|Record interview with one person using AudioBoom app||30||Thurs. 10/12|
|Edit podcast using Audacity||40||Fri. 10/13|
|Upload final project to AudioBoom or SoundCloud and email link to teacher
Interview Planning Sheet
Directions: Complete the Interview planning sheet before conducting the interview for your podcast.
List 3 potential topics you could interview about:
What’s new or relevant about this story? (Ask: why should the reader care?)
What do you already know?
What do you need to know before going on your interview?
List 3 potential individuals to interview for this story.
_______________________ ________________________ _________________________
Brainstorm important interview questions:
Deadline: Friday, 10/13
Total: ______________ / 100
Podcast to share with the class:
____ / 5:
____ Includes an interview
____ Is school appropriate
____ Shared with teacher by 10/10
Interview Planning Sheet:
____ / 20
____ Planning: topics
____ Planning: new or relevant
____ Interviewing: what you know
____ Interviewing: what you need to know
____ Interviewing: questions
____ / 30
____ Interview includes both voice of interviewer and interviewee
____ Little background noise in interview, introduction and conclusion
____ Questions were planned in advance
____ Interviewed one person; topic was interesting – no one word answers
____ The introduction clearly introduces the topic and interviewee
____ The conclusion wraps up the topic, thanks the guest and gives credit to the music
____ / 40
____ Podcast was 2-3 minutes long
____ Cuts were unnoticeable; transitions were smooth
____ In and out fading used appropriately
____ All voices could be heard clearly; music does not interfere
____ Music matches the tone of the show; creator gives credit to the music
____ Long pauses, dead air and unnecessary content was edited out
Uploaded Final Project:
____ / 5
____ Used either SoundCloud or AudioBoom
____ Emailed working link to teacher by 10/13