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    Advice, pointers on Blogs and blog casts.

    Our head of Dept wants to start using blogs for the kids but especially blog cast. I know what they are are but have never created one. I have set up several blogs so I am ok with that but not blog casts.

    Is any one already doing this with their kids? Could you advise me on best practices or point me to several web sites that will help me on my way to trying to bring this in to our school.

    Many thanks.

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    Re: Advice, pointers on Blogs and blog casts.

    You mean podcasts? I'm sure you do. Podcasting is a way of attaching a file, be it mpg, mp3, an excel file—anything. Though predominantly it is an mp3.

    It's attached to a blog posting, usually shows in the meta data below the post (who posted it, when, what department/category). So casual web surfers can download it too.

    The main benefit and feature, is that it is also attached to the RSS feed of the blog. The RSS feed is the nasty looking XML that mirrors a site's postings. Some times called a web feed, or really simple syndication.

    When people subscribe to your blog's feed they can read your updates without going to the site. This has several advantages, mainly there's no need for the to physically visit your site to see if it's updated, new updates stream to them. This way people can subscribe to literally 1,000s of feeds and such news junkies merely visit their aggregated 'river of news' and see all the updates. Where as visiting 1,000s of website merely to see if they've updated is a huge waste of resources.

    Podcasting in this context means that your mp3 file is also downloaded to their aggregator. And if they've set things up properly, this mp3 (along with others) is placed directly in their iTunes application, or even directly on their iPod.

    This, then, is a user-friendly way of creating your own radio station. People subscribe to your feed, download (perhaps daily) doses of your mutterings directly on to their iPod for listening to on the bus.

    I don't know what blog platform you've tried, but mine (based on Manila) does this automatically. Merely create to post, add the mp3 file and you're done.

    The easiest, free-est and perhaps most powerful software for creating the mp3 is Audacity
    http://audacity.sourceforge.net/

    There is a list of podcatchers which download and save the podcasts for you, their specialist aggregators, I guess.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Podcatchers

    HTH

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    Re: Advice, pointers on Blogs and blog casts.

    @Kyle: Funny you should mention this... two of the talks at the upcoming conference in Rochdale will involve blogs (courtesy of Josie) and podcasts (courtesy of the Apple Centre Manchester). Come along and learn - ask them loads of awkward questions too

    If you can't make it to the conference on April 19, there should be notes available after the event and we intend to run an audiocast of the event. Check out www.edugeekconference.net for more info.

    In the meantime, you might want to find out what the aim of the blogs, etc. is. Rather than this technology driving the learning, the learning should be driving the technology - this is something Becta want to push!

    Maybe podcasts could be used as a faux radio station or as a way to involve the kids in the informing of parents as to what's going on via the school website. Blogs could maybe be used in a long-term research project, as a diary of what's been going on. Only once you can see what the need is can you work in the infrastructure.

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    Re: Advice, pointers on Blogs and blog casts.

    One thing I'm working on is my beloved Nokia N70 mobile phone. It can create sound recordings, though they're in a strange format .amr - sound and .3gp - video and limited to one minute length.

    Nokia does provide a batch converter though. It would be kind-a cool to be able to podcast directly from my mobile phone.

    Record a muttering or two, and email it directly to my blog for others to sub to my feed.

    Not all kids have such a wonderful mobile. Maybe a teacher has.

    Once the pain is out of the way for creating these podcasts, I'm sure the teachers here would be able to think of plenty of ways such technology could be used to learn.

    English as a foreign language is a perfect area IMHO.

    But better IMHO again, is the option to podcast remotely. moPodcasting or moVidBlogging :-)
    http://www.blogfootball.com/service/...ian-60-to-blog

    Imagine the reportage and buzz covering a football match, or sending sounds of animals from a school trip... 10 minutes later it's on the school blog, and parents are listening to it on their iPods... Well, one day soon, huh!

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    Re: Advice, pointers on Blogs and blog casts.

    have you thought about podcasting from phone by using one of many phone to blog solutions i.e phone a number record message it appears on blog...

    you would need to setup a dmclub number (they provide free 07 numbers that can be redirected to international number provided by the above services)...

    I have used this methord before...

    Russ

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    Re: Advice, pointers on Blogs and blog casts.

    Blog solutions? Do they use an API? Blogger or metaWeblog? I presume they post to blogger.

    I haven't thought of doing this way before... Know any links to mobile-to-blog services?

    It's only a cursory interest, don't thinkk I want to do it myself, I'll ask some of my bloggers...

    Why did you do it? Know a business case, rather a learning ROI :-0 What possible use is phone-to-blog+podcast-to-iPod?

    What's the kid to teacher benefit?

    Off doing a bit of Googling ;-)

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    Re: Advice, pointers on Blogs and blog casts.

    @SteveHooker: The kids where I work often have founds as good if not better than yours... rich little...!

    The thing you need to look out for with the whole blog thing is that it does not get abused. Vetting the posts doesn't help much cos it will lead to increased workload (of course TLR means that this WON'T fall on the teachers - muggins here springs to mind).

    As I mentioned earlier, let the teachers decide what they want rather than letting them know what is possible - "learning driven technology!"

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    Re: Advice, pointers on Blogs and blog casts.

    Ric, I ain't sure your meaning re "The kids where I work..."

    Let the teachers decide what? Got to tell them what is possible.

    Been thinking about this. Don't know about etiquette here, about posting self links, but I just blogged about it.
    http://www.walsallschools.org/2006/0...gpodcasttoiPod

    Essentially, the good example uses I can think about are:
    Mp3 for The Great Fire of London. A well thought out lesson.
    Mp3 live football match report. Yelling crowds and all.
    Video of KS2 'Number Lines.' For parents.

    As I ain't a teacher, these may seem twee. But I believe I've seen some stuff, Mp3 of the main, from US university lecturers.

    I'm just wondering out loud if this is a great way to get masses of primary (and secondary) school learning objects out there in the wild. By which I mean enclosures in RSS feeds, podcasts and vPodcasts.

    What a great way to get [micro] famous ;-)

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    Re: Advice, pointers on Blogs and blog casts.

    There's a moodle module for podcasting. We have set it up on our site though I think staff have yet to get to grips with it. We need a bit of time to play with it and see just what it can do. Could certainly be interesting for the languages department though.

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    Re: Advice, pointers on Blogs and blog casts.

    Quote Originally Posted by SteveHooker
    Blog solutions? Do they use an API? Blogger or metaWeblog? I presume they post to blogger.

    I haven't thought of doing this way before... Know any links to mobile-to-blog services?
    I will dig some stuff out

    most end up combo of serivces to get it to work but will dig info out later today

    russ

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    Re: Advice, pointers on Blogs and blog casts.

    Quote Originally Posted by SteveHooker
    Ric, I ain't sure your meaning re "The kids where I work..."
    Don't know what I wrote that for - I meant to say that the little darlings have ridiculously expensive phones (plus iPods, PSPs, wads of cash...)

    Quote Originally Posted by SteveHooker
    Let the teachers decide what? Got to tell them what is possible.
    I understand that you need to let the teachers know something about the technologies but if you start telling that you can do X, Y and Z you generally find that they will demand that they can do it all by yesturday and in before long the whole idea will have been forgotten about.

    It's better to let the teachers decide what they want to do - e.g. Write a diary for a coursework project - and then implement the solution necessary for that. Too many bells and whistles just over complicate things.

    Quote Originally Posted by SteveHooker
    Been thinking about this. Don't know about etiquette here, about posting self links, but I just blogged about it.
    http://www.walsallschools.org/2006/0...gpodcasttoiPod
    Why not use your EduGeek blog pages to provide the EduGeek community with a running commentary of what is happening in the world of blogs? You seem to be quite an expert after all

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    Re: Advice, pointers on Blogs and blog casts.

    yep and let me know and will create link to your edugeek blog posts like have done for some on left hand side..

    russ

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    Re: Advice, pointers on Blogs and blog casts.

    I'm honoured. I'll be cross posting there from my other blogs. I got too many blogs.

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    Re: Advice, pointers on Blogs and blog casts.

    by way as promised and ok it is late here is service to do blogging/podcasting by phone..

    not used them but have uk numbers as well as voip numbers as well...

    http://www.gabcast.com/index.php?a=faq#HowCanICall

    russ

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