Hardware used
  • cheap headsets with microphone (approx $8)
  • desktop microphones (approx $32 but they blocked out a lot of background noise)
  • usb sound cards for stereo effect
  • web camera for use in video conferencing
Software used
See http://mashable.com/2007/07/04/podcasting-toolbox/ for lots of sites and tool boxes
Great handouts http://brianbridges.pbwiki.com/
Checkout podcastpeople

Interesting site to upload to and embeds own player in a blog etc
Steps in succcessful podcasting

Hints for good audio
  1. We have a very small and cheap (free) microphone and found that if students hold the microphone just below their chin and put their fist on their chest, the sound seems to work better for us. No air flow into the microphone and more even volume from person to person. (from JoNelle)
  2. Start with creating a voki. Students love to do this and they can practice their speaking into a microphone with no online audience to be used. If students are under the age of 13, I logon as me and limitless new vokis can be created under the one username. Playback of their voki should be evaluated personally by the student and any problems noted and then the script should be re-recorded.
  3. Students should always use written scripts to allow even flow of dialogue.
free music
Other great podcasting examples
http://www2.murrieta.k12.ca.us/tovashal/bcoley/studycast/index.htm
Podcast your blogs
http://franksblog.edublogs.org/2008/02/22/odiogo-translates-your-blog-posts-into-podcasts/
Resources
http://joedale.typepad.com/integrating_ict_into_the_/podcasting/index.html
http://del.icio.us/joedale/podsafe
Using gcastfor free podcasting from a cell phone
text to voice podcasting for blogs = OdioGo