A podcast is an audio file recorded and saved so that it can be enjoyed later. Examples of podcasts include audiobooks and recordings of radio shows. All you need to record a podcast and save it on your computer is audio editing software and a microphone. Video podcasts include video as well as sound, and are sometimes called "Vodcasts." Microsoft Movie Maker or iMovie are examples of software that could be used, along with a microphone (and a digital video camera or flip camera) to create a vodcast.

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Here's a sample podcast recorded using Audacity software (free download):

If you download Audacity, be sure to also download the LAME MP3 Encoder (listed under optional downloads) so you can save your files as mp3s.
Here's a video tutorial that gives a quick overview of how to use Audacity:
Mac users can use the GarageBand application to record and edit podcasts.

Here's a video that will show you how to create an account on Podbean and a quick review of how you can create your podcast in audacity. Finally, it shows you how to post your audio podcast to your podbean account.



Another great audio editor that you don't have to download is Aviary's Myna http://advanced.aviary.com/tools/audio-editor

Levelator is a really simple way to improve your audio narration. Drag and drop you audio files onto the desktop shortcut and the application does the rest. Levelator provides edited copies of your narration right inside the same folder.

  • Sound effects: Make sure you use free (labeled for reuse) music and sounds. Try Incompetech for high quality royalty-free music.
  • TV Sound tracks: Need George of the Jungle? Man from U.N.C.L.E? Gilligan's Isle? Go to the Classic TV site where you'll find tons of resources. Be sure to scroll down to be able to click on the alphabetical listing. These are also royalty-free.
  • Here are a few more sites that offer sound effects and free music. Be sure to check out their Creative Commons License agreements before using them.

MORE Free Sound Effects Downloadable Files:
**http://www.grsites.com/sounds**
**http://www.a1freesoundeffects.com/button.html**
**http://www.prankcallsunlimited.com/freesoundeffects.htm**
http://www.mediacollege.com/downloads/sound-effects/
http://sounddogs.com/
http://www.soundjay.com/

Sources of Existing Podcasts:
The Education Podcast Network: http://www.epnweb.org
Radio Willoweb: http://www.mpsomaha.org/willow/radio
National Public Radio: http://www.npr.org/rss/podcast/podcast_directory.php
PBS: http://www.pbs.org/podcasts
The Podcasting News: http://www.podcastingnews.com/forum/link_6.htm

Science podcasts:
//Bytesize Science// (podcast) An educational and entertaining podcast for young listeners, this site translates cutting-edge scientific discoveries into stories about science, health, medicine, energy, food, and other topics. New installments are posted every Monday and are available free of charge. The archive includes items such as environmental threats to orcas, a scientific explanation for why some people love chocolate, unlikely new uses for compact discs, and more! No iPod? Listen on your computer, using your web browser.