Podcasting Quick Write:

Maize Podcasting Quick Write

Podtentials Handout:


Sample Podcasts:

- Griffin's:

- Rachel's:

- Steve's:

- Mike's:

- Cornhort's:

Helpful Tips for Making Podcasts in Garageband

  1. Open Garageband, and choose either the Voice or Podcast template as a new project.
  2. Record your voice in one of the tracks by clicking the red button at the bottom.
  3. In the lower right hand corner, click on the button to add media, linking directly to your iTunes.
  4. Layer tracks (sound effects, music, voice recording, etc.).
  5. Split tracks in the "Edit" menu, or with the keyboard shortcut, Command-T, to shorten and/or trim tracks.
  6. Control the volume of each individual track.
    1. On the left side of the screen, to the right of the volume dial, click on the drop-down arrow.
    2. Manipulate the graph to create fade-out effects.
  7. Export your completed podcast to iTunes in the "Share" menu.

Most of these tips can be seen in this tutorial:


  • Same content available for all students; no chance of leaving something out for one class
  • Always available to hear online
  • No chance of losing the sheet of directions
  • Limits direction-skimming; in other words, students must hear all instructions of assignments
  • Students listen


  • Need a quiet space for recording
  • Technological need may contradict school policy (cell phones in schools)
  • Some may bemoan the lack of written documentation; can’t skim a recording
    • Google Voice does offer transcripts of messages, although the technology does not work well yet.
  • Making podcasts requires additional training/instruction

Useful Websites/Podcasts:

Science-y podcasts; resource for English and Science classes
Science-y podcasts; resource for English and Science classes

Good for many disciplines
Good for many disciplines

Free sound effects
Free sound effects

- Stager - Lots of podcasting resources for teachers, how-to's, articles, and more- Audacity wikiHow - Useful how to for Audacity users

Cornhort's Podcasting Ideas from Google Voice:

- Record/listen to math songs to memorize concepts/equations
- Math news over Podcast
- Listen to math Podcasts: MathGrad.com and mathmutation.blogspot.com are good sources
- Create Podcasts answering story problems in words (include strategies for solving, tricky parts, etc)

- Enhance articles in a journalism class by adding a Podcasting component
- Listen to or create audio book reviews
- Meet Common Core speech requirement
- Distribute assignments in written and Podcast form and ask for homework response in both forms to see how the medium changes the content

World Languages:
- Listening activities (for instance, listen to radio/tv shows to get a sense of how fast native speakers speak and to try and pick out phrases)

- Recount process of investigation so that students have to explain how they got their results

General/Multiple disciplines:
- Record lectures/activities to post online for students/parents to access
- Record class debates for analysis afterward
- Conduct research and a make Podcast with findings
- Summarize a topic/concept on a Podcast which will become a student resource when studying for tests
- Students listen to themselves as if they are on the radio and evaluate their speaking skills
- Homework hints
- Way for home-bound students to participate in class presentations
- Record guest speakers for students who are absent
- Option for students who are too shy to speak in public but want to get speaking/presentation credit