Podcasting 101 Good Free Software

Wow, what a crazy couple of weeks. School started and it has been a frenzy trying to get all the technology up in our building and get everything up and running. But, finally we have gained the upper hand and hope to keep it for the duration of the year.

So I am back and as the year has begun I have started to again use the podcast to prep students for class or cover material that I do not have time to cover in class. In this blog I wanted to discuss a great tool to create podcasts. That tool is Audacity.

This is a free program that is simple to use and more than powerful enough to create any type of podcast. You can download this program at http://audacity.sourceforge.net/download/ .

Windows users be sure to download the LAME MP3 encoder – this allows Audacity to export to an MP3 file. Follow the following link to locate the LAME MP3 encoder.

http://audacity.sourceforge.net/download/windows

This program has a low learning curve, and you can be making audio files fairly quickly. There is a great support section located at http://audacity.sourceforge.net/help/ . This site provides tutorials, frequently asked questions, tips to using the program and the original documentation for the software itself.

There are other programs out there that will allow you to make podcasts and some are even easier to use than Audacity, but hey, as a teacher it is always great to find programs that are FREE! In a time of decreasing budgets and lack of funds, free is sometimes the only option. So take a look and let me know what you think!

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