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    Podcasts

    Just out of curiosity, has anyone played with podcasts as part of their VLE?

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    Re: Podcasts

    Just starting to ... we presently use FirstClass (used by the OU, UltraLabs / Ultraversity and many more) and the latest version (8.3) allows for blogging and podcasting.

    However, the settings file that you create to lock down the client can be a pig to rebuild for this version to allow users to do it so we haven't rolled it out to everyone yet ... but we now have a general school feed for news and one for geography revision materials.

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    Re: Podcasts

    Yes, we've been tinkering with the 3rd party podcast module for our Moodle VLE.

    http://docs.moodle.org/en/Ipodcast_module
    http://moodle.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=38496

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    Re: Podcasts

    If you want to run podcasts separately from the VLE you can do it with something like Flash MP3 Player or XSPF.

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    Re: Podcasts

    Also experimented with the 3rd part podcast module for moodle - excellent stuff if you have something you wish to integrate with your teaching.

    Going slightly off topic I use podpress with wordpress for (video) podcasting and this is also superb. May be worth a look if you want to give a small nice podcsating group (kids or teachers) admin rights to the site.

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    Re: Podcasts

    can I bump this? A member of SMT came in this afternoon saying he wanted to run "radio" broadcasts (recorded by management, I assume) over the network during morning and afternoon registration, and have pupils pre-record a cast for lunch sessions. He asked me to look into it, and my first thought was podcasting. Any other suggestions? I've searched the posts, and there's a reasonable amount of stuff to be getting on with, but was wondering if anyone had gone any farther than the previous post. Ta.

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    Re: Podcasts

    @beeswax: Another option might be to use Windows Media Encoder and Windows Media Server to broadcast live or pre-recorded content.

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    Re: Podcasts

    I’ve used WMEncoder to and Windows Media Server to push our radio (read winamp play list) out that students can listen too.. added to SharePoint Portal Server... but not tried to add content to VLE.. we have some training videos on demand streams too... my next project is to stream sky news or bbc news 24 if I cant get sky news... so people can keep up to date with what’s happening around the world hehe..

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    Re: Podcasts

    Just found:

    http://podcastgen.sourceforge.net/index.php?lang=en

    May be of use for people wanting to setup their own podcasting servers?

    Ben

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    Re: Podcasts

    I saw a little bit of software which is produced by the same company that makes Textease. It is called Podium and is a very simple piece of software that children and adults can use to create and publish on the web podcasts.

    You may even be able to use your eLC for this?

    Alex

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    Re: Podcasts

    I was thinking about posting about podium yesterday as I got a flyer from RM with it listed.

    600 to 999 pupil site licence is £699

    Ben

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    Re: Podcasts

    Hi Ben

    I was posted also by another company called radioanywhere, they told me they could set up the radio station for a primary school at £600 which will cover the same

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    Re: Podcasts

    My solution for podcasting was:

    Using our Moodle installation (Version 1.8.2)

    Turn RSS on, Enable RSS in Forums

    Ran the CRON job

    Then created a forum with RSS enabled, and told the RSS feed to pick up forum discussions

    Ran the Cron job again

    To generate the valid XML for the RSS Feed,

    Then added forum discussion to the forum, on a per podcast basis. Adding the quicktime movie files i wanted to display as an attachement.

    Then i turned the quicktime (.mov) media filter on

    I then added a remote RSS feed block to the front page of the site adding the RSS Feed as the link to the XML generated by the Moodle forum.

    Bobs your uncle,

    I also autmated then cron.php job every 15 minutes.

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    Re: Podcasts

    I also autmated then cron.php job every 15 minutes.
    Sort of off topic, but you should have your cron job running more often than that. Ours runs one a minute. The reason is that otherwise email notifications don't get sent out on a timely basis.

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