Week 2:What is podcasting?

(January 16th -22nd)

During this week will define what podcasting and podcasts are, set up Audacity, record our voice, export file as mp3 and publish as podcast. We will also explore web-based recorders, hosting sites and other voice tools. 

Please, follow the instructions to complete each task.

Defining Podcasting and Podcasts

1. Go to our weekly reading blog and read the articles recommended for Week 2.
2. After reading the articles, make reflections and answer the quiz. 
3. Participate in the forum. Post your reflections at the bottom of the week 2 page, on the same  reading blog.

Creating your own podcast

Preparing yourself to record your voice with Audacity

Audacity is a popular free software used for recording and editing audio files (podcasts). Here`s the first tutorial showing you where to download Audacity and the LAME MP3 encoder.

1. Watch this tutorial:

Set up Audacity, record and export

2. Have a look at the following tutorial showing the basics for recording an audio file using Audacity.

3. Make sure you know where you saved the LAME MP3 encoder. You will need it ONLY when exporting as MP3 your first podcast. Here´s a tutorial showing you in detail how to use this encoder:

4. Now it is time for you to record your first podcast. 

a. Go to Audacity and record an audio file about yourself. Similar to the one recorded in the video tutorial for the Lame MP3 encoder. It shouldn’t last more than 2 minutes. 
b. Once it is recorded, save it. If it is your first time recording in Audacity remember you have to choose “Export as MP3” and find the LAME MP3 encoder
c. When your podcast is ready, upload it to your glog. Watch this tutorial to do so.

5. Now go to Your Glog.
6. Choose at least two of your colleagues' glogs and click on their URLs. 
7. Listen to their Audacity recording and write where they work in Your Glog. You can only choose those where they have no answer yet. If the glogs you choose have no audio file yet, you can contact your colleagues by mail and let them know you would like to listen to their podcast in their glogs.

Using Web-based recorders
Recording and publishing a podcast in Podomatic

A. Recording and Publishing

1. Listen to the following tutorial. We will show you how to record and publish a podcast using Podomatic.

2.   Now record your own podcast. Your podcast will be similar to the one shown in the video tutorial. You will call it “Out my Window” (Adapted from Valentina Dodge's activity: My Window my World).
3.   Take a snap picture from the place where you live. Similar to the one shown in the video. Save it to your computer.
4.   Sign up to Podomatic and follow the steps shown in the video:
a.   Write title and description
b.   Record description
c.   Upload picture taken from your place
d.   Tag as Podcasting2012
e.   Review and publish
5.   Go to the Links area in our Yahoo Group and click on the folder My Podcast on Podomatic.
6. Click on "Add a link"
a.  In Title type “Out my Window
b.  In Description, write your name
c.  In URL, paste your Podcast URL for the recording you made in Podomatic.

B. Commenting on your colleagues' podcasts

1.  Go to the Links area in our Yahoo Group and click on the folder My Podcast in Podomatic.
2.  Choose at least to colleagues and listen to their recordings.
3.  Write a comment in their podcast page.

Publishing your mp3 file to create a podcast

Once you have recorded your voice and exported the file with Audacity as an mp3 file, you need to publish it to make it a podcast. 
1. Go to Podbean and sign up.
2. Follow the instructions given in this tutorial to upload your mp3 file recorded with Audacity and publish it on Podbean.

3. Once your mp3 file has been uploaded and published, share your Podcast URL on our Yahoo Group in the Podbean folder.
a. Go to the Links Area and click on My Podbean folder
b. Click on Add link c. In Title, write "My first Podbean"
c. In Description, write your name
d. In URL, your Podbean URL.

Blogging: Getting ready for Week 3
You are going to need a blog that allows you to add pages in a horizontal fashion. You can do that in Blogger and Wordpress. You will use this blog for showcasing your podcasts and project during the Podcasting Fair at the end of this session. It should have the following pages: (1) About me, (2) My Podcasts and (3) My Podcast project. You will only do this for this week: add pages to your blog. Do NOT add any content yet.
1. Watch the following tutorial showing you how to add these pages to your blog in Blogger.
2. Start thinking about the content you would like to add to the About me page. It should have a brief description about you and your teaching context. Don´t write this on your blog yet. You can write it down in Word or any other text editor. Save it for Week 3.
3. Once your blog is ready, go to or Yahoo group.
4. Go to the Links area and click on My Blogger folder.
5. Click on Add link
a. In Title, write the name of your blog
b. In Description, write your name
c. In URL, Your Blog URL. To wrap up this week watch this video on Podcasting.


  • watched "Podcasting in Plain English" video
  • read the required readings and taken a  quiz
  • recorded an audio file in Audacity and used the LAME MP3 encoder
  • uploaded the Audacity audio to Glogster and Podbean
  • recorded and published an audio file on Podomatic
  • started setting up your blog for week 3
  • attended the second live session on WiZiQ

Date: Sat, January 21st, 2012 
Time: 11:30 AM (Caracas time) 
Check your time zone here
Length: 1 hour

Podcasting for the ESL/EFL Classroom Live Session - Week 2 
by Evelyn Izquierdo

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Note: You can write questions or comments about this week below.


  1. Podcasting is a way to record your voice or video, upload it and share it with students.

  2. Great, I was testing my gmail, it finally worked.

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    1. EDIT....

      I'm trying to do steps 5/6/7 in activity 2, but I can't find Miguel's and Teadira's uploaded recordings using Audacity on their Glogs. Where should I be looking/What am I doing wrong?


  4. OK, never mind. I figured out that they haven't been uploaded. Sorry. I'm now going to find the recordings on the Glogs of other colleagues. Thanks.

  5. Hi Jhon. We though it was better if you listen this time to your colleagues' Audacity files in their glogs than the moderators. Sorry about that:(

  6. Dear moderators
    i have read the "Podcasting,Academic Tip Sheets and find t very useful,specially the tip about creating effective podacasts,and i will definitely try it with my students.However, regarding act 2(Audacity download) I get the message telling me it can't be downloaded(forbidden client).Is there any other alternative.Awaiting your feedback a.s.a.p,as I really don't want to miss this great opportunity.

  7. Hi, Hind...Let's see... from this page ( http://audacity.sourceforge.net/download/ ) which series did you download? Make sure you have chosen one that matches your PC/laptop operating system.