Podcast for an Elementary School Library Program

Large letter "C" in the school colors of red, silver, and white, with the caption "comets" written across it

Comets in the Spotlight

This is my first attempt at creating a podcast–and it was fun! I created this for my Information Technology in Educational Organization class, where we were asked to investigate the technical aspects of creating a podcast and then to reflect on that and think further about opportunities for utilizing podcasting in our (future) library. Much of the reading I did this week emphasized the need for librarians and teachers to not just use tools like podcasts, but to use these types of tools to engage with the content of their learning and to create their own expression of understanding and to share new ideas.

With all this in mind, I decided to create a podcast that would be the first in a series that will feature students, teachers, and administrators by putting two people a week in a podcast “Spotlight” on the library webpage.

The mechanics of creating a podcast were easy. I used GarageBand, which came bundled with my MAC. I used my computer’s built-in microphone (I am impatiently waiting for a backordered headset to arrive), and “shared” my audio file to iTunes in both AAC and MP3 formats to see the difference. I’m glad I did because that allowed me to upload the MP3 version directly to WordPress without the help of a plug-in. It was as simple as that!