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Of course you could also make plans to record an entire live lecture in class, but more on that later.
Get out a piece of paper and jot down topics relating to your idea. The planning stage is when you map out all the information that you have in your head that you want to share with the world, or maybe just your students.
Then next thing you have to decide is what kind of tone you want your podcast to have. Should it be entirely serious and to the point, or more laid back with anecdotes or related stories to connect your listener to the material? Do you want to be authoritative with your information or personal? Know what you are doing before you hit the record button.
Also, know how long you want your podcast to be. You don’t want to lose your listeners by going off on a 30 minute tangent about purple finches when you started out talking about the geographical significance of New Hampshire.
Let’s say that you pick a friendly conversational style and you have five main points to your topic that you want to cover. Allow yourself two to three minutes per topic. That is a good target time because you are dealing with a media that is competing with Facebook, Wikipedia and Pandora radio - and student’s short attention spans.
Get comfortable, stay away from noisy things like air conditioners, fans, ringing cell phones etc. and go to town. Take the time to practice your podcast and be sure to have fun with it - because if you’re not having fun then neither will your listeners.
Once you hit record, be sure that the recording device is close enough to pick you up clearly. Whether you are using the aforementioned iPod Nano or a more complex set up using an external microphone you will want it to pick up the best sound possible. Do a test recording, count to 20 or run through a sentence or two, play it back and listen to the results.
This is very important to keep in mind when recording a live class lecture. There will be a lot of outside noise that needs to be accounted for - students shuffling about, the A/C kicking on or even the hum of the lights in the room - so you need to be certain that you can be heard loud and clear.
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Here is the really good news: once you have your podcast recorded and it’s ready for your student’s consumption we will take the file and upload it to the College of the Mainland iTunes U.
If you are interested in checking out an iPod Nano, want to bounce some ideas around, or need pointers on how to drop the pre-recording jitters shoot me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at extension 8207.