Independent Reading Assignment - PODCAST


Pick a novel to read in your spare time and create a podcast (audio only) of 2.00 to 2.30 minutes in length, which will include background music/noises and your own voice. Introduce the book in a way that inspires others to read it.

DO NOT REVEAL THE ENDING!!!!


Check out this website for examples of “book club” podcasts
http://www.runkle.org/Podcasts/G8-reviews-fall-06/TomSawyer-MS.mp3
http://www.runkle.org/Podcasts/G8-reviews-fall-06/tom-sawyer-EF.mp3

Helpful sites
What is Podcasting?
http://www.learnoutloud.com/Content/Topic-Pages/Introduction-To-Podcasting/17

How to create a podcast?
Download AUDACITY at http://audacity.sourceforge.net/download/ and the mp3 encoder

Watch these instruction videos
http://www.videojug.com/film/how-to-make-a-podcast-part-1-planning-and-preparation how to plan & prepare
(remember, you already HAVE your TOPIC, your Independent Reading Book)
http://www.videojug.com/film/how-to-make-a-podcast-part-2-recording-and-editing how to record and edit – VERY GOOD INSTRUCTIONS
http://www.videojug.com/film/how-to-make-a-podcast-part-3-publishing how to export & publish


Please update your page with INDEPENDENT READING information:
  • your chosen book title,
  • author,
  • a two-sentence blurb about the author (maybe s/he's written other books you've read and you'd like to recommend them )
  • a two-three sentence blurb about the main idea of your book, the main characters or main events of the plot


Meanwhile, it is a good idea to download a recording program, AUDACITY to your MAC if you don't want to use the complex program GarageBand.
It is a FREE program that allows you to RECORD your voice and add background music/noises.
You can of course also use the Mac program GarageBand (and teach ME how to use it, too :)

EXPORT YOUR AUDIO FILE

IN AUDACITY AND GARAGE BAND -- YOU MUST EXPORT THE FILE!!!

DO NOT "SAVE AS" and also DO NOT "SLIDE/DRAG" THE FILES OVER TO YOUR USB


UPLOAD the podcast ON THE WIKI directly (definitely the way to try FIRST!)

--> go to our wiki http://english-9-bmj.wikispaces.com/
--> go to your page,
--> click on EDIT
--> place cursor at the bottom of the text (that's where the file will be embedded)
--> click on FILE icon on the edit bar
--> click on +UPLOAD FILE - a new window will open
--> find your file - attach - upload
--> CLICK ON THE UPLOADED FILE --- it needs to turn yellow - to insert it into your wiki page
--> now you're then BACK on your page - the file looks weird, but that's ok - SAVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HIT THE SAVE BUTTON AT THE TOP!!!!!!!!
--> NOW it looks like a little strip of embedded file :))) so check if the file actually PLAYS :)
--> done :)

ALTERNATIVE INSTRUCTIONS:
PLEASE EXPORT your recording as .mp3 file or CONVERT into .mp3 file
  1. Go to MANAGE WIKI at the top of the page
  2. Click on the FILES image
  3. UPLOAD your file with file name QT WHICHEVER NUMBER IT IS -IR-your-name
  4. ON YOUR PAGE click EDIT, type up your text, then upload a WIDGET (click on the FILE icon - window will open with list of files in our wiki file folder - FIND YOUR FILE - and click to link& find your uploaded file).
  5. Close window, SAVE PAGE - check if the visible audio link actually plays YOUR file :)