podcasts, video and audio

Create a simple podcast with Audacity step by step

Audacity is a free sound recording software that is really easy to use. Works in both Mac and PC and can be utilized to create simple audio podcasts.

To download the free version of Audacity you can click here.

Make sure you have a script or a series of dot points to focus on what you need to say in your podcast (preparation will allow for a much more professional sounding podcast)

Open the Audacity program and click on the recording button to start recording. This initial testing allows you to test the microphone and check for sound quality (too loud, too low, etc) adjust the appropriate levels in the microphone settings (see on the Audacity window the microphone symbol). Now you are ready for your podcast (create a new file or delete the sound check before starting your podcast)

Click on the recording button to start recording. If you need to pause for any reason (turning pages,etc) use the pause button (don’t stop) again this will ensure a better quality. Click on the stop recording button when the podcast is completed.

Edit to eliminate unwanted sounds or empty gaps at the end or beginning if necessary (you can highlight and remove anything superfluous in your podcast).

If you have downloaded and installed Lame you can export in mp3 format directly, otherwise export in wav and then use Zamzar to convert to mp3.

Done! Your very first audio podcast is now ready to be added to webpages, blogs, LMS, etc.
Youtube and TeacherTube (just to start off) but then you have TeachersTv and Snagfilms and Futures Channel ......

Free audio materials to use or create your own:
Project Gutenberg - Online book in text or audio format
Travlang - Sound files in many languages, although pop up adds are a bit annoying.
Book2 - Good choice of common expressions in many languages

Podcasts for Language Learning:
The best and easiest way is to access the list via iTunes see here for more info or once again you can use Audacity to create your own audio files. See also the Language learning page for tips and ideas in using podcasting with your students.