I just finished my latest review podcast for my students and I thought I would share the recipe. :) First, I start with a powerpoint- I use the one I use in my class when I teach the topic. I copy it and cut it down to some basic ideas I want to cover so it isn't more than around 5-8 minutes long. I make the font bigger so it is more easily read on an iPod. I then don my inexpensive Logitech headset and record a short narrative as I run the powerpoint by using Camtasia Studio. I save it, and take a listen to see what needs fixing. I am not too concerned about it being perfect! After I am happy with the audio, I add some music, fade it in and fade it out using the program, click publish, and we are finished! Camtasia lets me make them in many file formats but I use flash and mp4 on my site
. You can have a sample of the most recent on the home page of my site MasteryMaze.com. The full batch is in the Subjects section or in iTunes as MasteryCast . I create them in US History and Ancient World History at this point.
Like any recipe, you get better after you make it a couple of times, but it is not difficult......Honest!
They are educationally nutritious for my students and they love them! Not the whole meal, remember, just a snack!
Enjoy! :) Please share your ideas as well!
Sue P aka the Maze