Assistant professor, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities,
faculty advisor for outreach,
Recommended Podcast Articles, Books, PowerPoint Presentations, and Web Sites
I have published several articles in this newsletter about my use of podcasting as an academic support and enrichment activity within my world history course. The following groups of publications and Web sites provide a great introduction to the field of interactive Internet learning technologies:
Books related to the general field of podcasting and blogging:
Geoghegan, M. W., & Klass, D. (2005). Podcast solutions: The complete guide to podcasting. Berkeley, CA: Apress. www.friendsofed.com
This book provides an excellent overview of podcasting and provides technical suggestions for making the podcast better. A CD accompanies the book with more resources.
Hill, B. (2006). Blogging for dummies. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.
Based on the award-winning series for making any task understandable, this book explains how to create and use a blog. A blog may often be necessary to post a podcast on the Internet.
Max, H., & Ray, T. (2006). Skype: The definitive guide. Indianapolis, IN: Que.
This book provides an overview of Skype, which is an Internet-based telephone service. Skype is popular among some podcasters because it is inexpensive (or sometimes free) to “call” people via their computer. The big advantage is that, assuming all the technical issues are addressed; the sound quality is far superior to recording conversations over the telephone.
Morris, T., & Terra, E. (2006). Podcasting for dummies. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.
This book focuses on the practical steps for listening to and recording podcasts. In addition to the helpful information inside, an audio podcast accompanies the book to provide examples of the topics discussed.
Plummer, M. (2006). Garage Band 3: Create and record music on a Mac. Berkeley, CA: Peachpit Press.
Another book from the Apple Training Series, this is probably the most comprehensive book and training guide for all aspects of using Apple’s Garage Band software. It comes with a DVD-ROM disk with lessons and media files to complete the tutorial lessons provided in the book. This is a “must read” to understand all the features available through this software.
Walch, R., & Lafferty, M. (2006). Tricks of the podcasting masters. Indianapolis, IN: Que.
This book is an excellent guide for either the beginner or advanced podcast producer or listener. About half of the book provides short profiles of the leading podcasts in a wide variety of fields. The other half of the book provides practical suggestions for beginning a podcast.
Williams, R., & Tollett, J. (2006). Podcasting and blogging with GarageBand and iWeb. Berkeley, CA: Peachpit Press.
This is a short book with plenty of photographs and screen shots that show the process of creating podcasts and using a blog to distribute them. Although some other books have more complete descriptions, I found the simple and direct approach of this book useful, especially with the many photographs.
Web sites related to the general field of podcasting:
Podcast411 Web Site (http://www.podcast411.com)
Maintained by Rob Walch, this Web site provides loads of practical tutorials on navigating the practical aspects of creating a podcast. Its “Directory of Directories” provides the most comprehensive list of all existing podcasts.
Web sites related to use of educational technology:
Duke Digital Initiative (http://www.duke.edu/ddi/)
The Duke Digital Initiative (DDI) is a multi-year program of experimentation, development, and implementation of new and emerging technologies to explore their effective use in support of the university’s mission. Duke University is recognized as the leader in the use of podcasting at the college level. Several years ago Duke gained considerable attention when they distributed an Apple iPod to all students in the entering class with an expectation that the course instructors would integrate use of the technology into all their courses. A growing number of faculty from a variety of departments, programs, and schools has explored new technology-assisted approaches to instruction. Faculty and students use portable, personal multimedia technologies and digital course materials contribute to the course experience and to students’ learning. The goals for this year’s Duke Digital Initiative were to promote innovative and effective teaching, to use technology in support of curriculum enhancement, to develop the technology infrastructure, and to share knowledge about effective instructional technology strategies.
This organization investigates a wide variety of educational technologies. Use the search engine within the Web site to identify a variety of articles and PowerPoint presentations that are available about podcasting.
Podcast for Teachers (http://www.podcastforteachers.org/)
This web site, maintained by Fordham University, explores the uses of instructional and learning technologies.
Speaking of History (http://www.speakingofhistory.blogspot.com)
This Web site has several handouts and PowerPoint presentations related to podcasting and it sponsors an audio podcast.
TechTeacher Podcast (also called What’s
on the Web podcast,
This site delivers podcasts that describe educator resources.