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How to: Create a Research Podcast



What's a Research Podcast?

Originally, a "mashup" of the words "i-pod" and "broadcast", the term "podcast" has come to mean a digital recording which can be downloaded as an MP3 file and played on a digital device such as a computer, tablet or MP-3 player.

In a research podcast, the audience learns about a topic the podcaster explored as a text connection to a specific literary work. 

Our podcasts will be available to anyone on our school-district's Google-Apps network.

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Follow these steps...

Step # 1: Research to explore a connection (ie.  "text to text" or "text to world") or answer a question you identified as you explored a literary work. Be sure to use only valid, reliable and accurate sources for your research.

Step # 2: Create a draft of a podcast script. This script should include the following: 

  • MLA Heading
  • Introduction- Welcome audience to podcast and introduce yourself.
  • Give a short explanation of the literary work (title and author) you read.
  • Share the connection or question you chose to research.
  • Share what you learned from your research. Be specific and let your audience know which research source(s) you used as a reference.
  • Share how your research has shaped (or is shaping) your understanding of a literary work or topic.
  • Closing - Thank audience for listening.

Step # 3: Edit and revise podcast script. Create two hard copies of the  "final" draft (one to hand in to Mrs. Juster and one to keep).

Step # 4: Select music to use as an introduction to your podcast. This music will also serve to signal the conclusion of the podcast. (NOTE: Sound files must MP3 files.)

Step # 5: With the "final draft" of your script in hand, find a quiet place to record your voice. (See Mrs. Juster for an MP3 recorder.)  

Step # 6: Use Audacity to combine voice/music recordings into one MP3 file which is your final product - your podcast. (If you don't have Audacity at home, click here for a free download.)

Step # 7: Open Photo-Story. (If you're doing this at home and don't have PhotoStory, click here for a free download.)

Step # 8: You'll create ONE slide in photo story. This slide should contain a photo that represents either the literary work you read or your research topic. It should also include the following text:

Research Topic

A Research Podcast by: Your Name

Step # 9: Follow the directions in PhotoStory (skipping over the "record your voice" step).When prompted to "customize motion" be sure to select 300 seconds (5 minutes) so your full podcast will be played.

Step # 10: Add your completed MP3 recording (voice & music combined) to Photo Story.

Step # 11: Edit, refine & "publish" your completed Podcast Book Review. Save a copy of your completed digital story (movie file) to our save folder.

 Step # 12: Upload your completed podcast to our Google-Apps (See Mrs. Juster for specific file location directions.)