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Podcasting with Your Students

Podcasting with Your Students

The technology of MP3 audio and video files�the technology behind downloadable music and the new portable players�has made possible a new Internet medium, the podcast. A podcast is in some ways comparable to a blog. While blogging is a kind of online self-publication, podcasting is a kind of online self-broadcast. The creator of a podcast makes an audio or video recording and posts it at a web address. The audience for the podcast listens to or views this �show� by downloading it to a computer or, more commonly, to a portable MP3 player. The term podcasting derives from the Apple brand name iPod, but the technology is not exclusive to Apple products. A podcast can be recorded by many means and can be downloaded to any computer or MP3 player. Avid followers of a podcast series�a travel advisor�s weekly tips, for instance, or an art museum�s monthly gallery talk�can subscribe for free to the series and automatically receive each installment at a �podcatcher� such as iTunes.


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