A podcast is media file which is distributed over the Internet for playback on .mp3 players or computers.
View this slideshow for an overview of podcasting and how it can be used in education.

Recording and Publishing a Podcast

A podcast should be a .mp3 file type (or .mp4 file for video) to enable downloading of the podcast to a mp3 player such as an iPod.

1. Use Audacity (free recording software download)
  • Audacity download file and tutorials for using Audacity can be found here.
  • Record your podcast using the Audacity software
  • Export your audio podcast recording as a .mp3 file from Audacity
  • Upload your .mp3 file to a web server (Edublogs is one example that is free for educators.)

2. Use iPod with attached microphone (Check the Apple iPod web site for compatible iPod models.)
  • Attach the microphone to the iPod. (The voice memo screen should automatically open. If not, on your iPod, go to Extras > Voice Memos)
  • Press center button area of iPod to begin recording; Press again to Pause
  • Press to Save the Voice Memo when recording is complete
  • Connect iPod to computer/laptop
  • When iTunes opens, choose "Yes" to transfer Voice Memos to the iTunes Library
  • Right click on the Voice Memo in the iTunes Library > Choose convert to .mp3 file (* set iTunes preferences)
  • Upload your .mp3 podcast file to a web server

  • iTune Preferences to convert Voice Memos to .mp3 file:
Open iTunes > Go to Edit > Preferences > Click the Advanced Tab > Click the Importing Tab > Change "Import using:" from AAC Encoder to MP3 Encoder

Podcast Resources:
Podcasting Tutorial - Specific steps and instructions for creating podcasts
Podcasting in Education - What is a podcast? Resources for podcasting & examples - incredible site!
Education Podcast Network - Podcasts organized by subject area, professional, and by school level
Podcasting 101 for K-12 Librarians - scroll to the bottom for more directories and resources
SC Edtech Podcasting in Education (Oct. 06)

Radio Willow Web - Awesome elementary podcasts
ACE Kids Podcasting with Class
Education Podcast Directory
Podomatic Podcast Directory

Podcasting in Lexington 1:
Lake Murray Elementary (old html site)
Lake Murray Elementary (edublogs site)
Gilbert Middle School
Red Bank Elementary
Lexington Intermediate
OGES Patriot Podcast
White Knoll Middle
PHMS French podcasts
PHMS Humanities
Lexington High School

Podsafe music
Podsafe music network
Podcasting Music Resources
Find Sounds
Royalty Free Music
Instant Music