My First Podcast

For our blog assignment this week we were required to create a podcast.  This was my first so I’ll just explain how I recorded, edited, and published my podcast.

To record my voice I used the default voice recorder on my Galaxy S3 phone which I then uploaded to my brand new Evernote account. I also added the music file to Evernote by simple grabbing and dragging of the file from iTunes and dropping it on my open Evernote tab. Then I came to the school to do my podcast editing in the Mac Lab as the software is already on those computers. I used Garage Band to edit the audio tracks together, and also to edit out a few ums and ahhs, but mostly to get rid of long awkward pauses where I though about what to say next. This shortened the clip by about four minutes! One problem I encountered was that the downloaded audio track of my voice saved as a quicktime player that was only offering me to save it as a movie file. I eventually, after a brief Google session, tried importing the file into iTunes, which worked and I was from there able to import it into Garage Band. Finally, I uploaded my finished product to SoundCloud and pasted the widget code from SoundCloud into my post during HTML view (after a receiving a very timely email which helped me out!).

My podcast is on the topic of early literacy, specifically phonemic awareness in young children.

Music I used: E.T. The Bicycle Chase – of which I own the good old fashioned hard CD copy – and because I love it so much, here’s a link to the full CD by the Moscow Festival Orchestra. 


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5 Responses to My First Podcast

  1. John Lintott

    My fiancee is a early childhood educator, and she is paranoid that her pre-school children won’t receive the speech and language support the need once they enter elementary school. What you mentioned in your podcast about phonemic awareness really resonates with everything she tells me about her children. I’ll forward her to your blog to assuage her nervousness for her children leaving for kindergarten. She’d love to hear some one else “get it”. Thanks for the podcast.

    • Allison de Hoop

      I’m very glad that this podcast reached someone and meant something… especially as I was unsure of how many of our classmates were primary teachers. Thanks for sharing that with me.

  2. Greg

    My focus is secondary, but I think it would be great if this skill could be carried throughout the years. We would have a generation of natural poets, understanding the importance of sound and rhyme in language.
    In some ways, learning poetry in secondary and university is relearning these skills; your description of phonemic and phonological awareness in the early years sounds like my second year poetry class with Professor Ron Marken.

    • Allison de Hoop

      Thanks for the comment. It’s great to hear that my podcast resonated with more than just primary instructors. Very interesting that you say it was even relevant to a post-secondary course. Another plug for the benefits of poetry!

  3. Julie

    Thanks for the information – I think this was great! We need early intervention and I loved the background music! Bev is an amazing professor!