I've been kicking this idea around for a couple years: can the Music Tech class produce a WLA podcast? That's a "yes" or "no" question! I know the answer is "yes", but then there are all sorts of other questions.
First of all, what is a podcast? I asked my Music Tech class this question yesterday and was surprised that very few of them knew the answer or listened to podcasts regularly. I suppose the reason might be (a) not having iTunes or some other podcast source and (b) not having an iPod or some other listening device to take the podcast off the computer and listen at your own leisure. I suppose then you could think of a podcast like a radio show that you can time shift, kind of like having a DVR while watching a football game and rewinding the last couple of plays because you were out of the room when the big play happened. But a podcast can also be mobile. You don't have to be at your computer to listen to one if you have an mp3 player like an iPod.
We started brainstorming yesterday about the following questions: 1. What would the podcast be about? 2. What things happen regularly at WLA that could be reported on? 3. What kind of a podcast would the students want to listen to? 4. What kind of podcast would parents want to listen to? Some of the ideas of what could be podcast were chapel, WLA sports, and, the one I think could be absolutely hilarious, lunch! But it's hard to envision creating something new if you aren't sure what you are creating, so the first thing to do is listen to existing podcasts.
iTunes has thousands of podcasts: all for free! Some of the more popular ones are This American Life, NPR: Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me!, and Stuff You Should Know, but there are podcasts of all shapes and sizes. Just go check out the podcasts section of iTunes and listen for free! Still not sure about how to use, listen to, or find podcasts on iTunes? Read Tips for Podcast Fans. Want to know the clinical definition? Read Wikipedia's Podcast article. What if you don't have iTunes on your computer? Either download it and have access to not only podcasts but the every growing library of songs, movies, and TV shows, or visit sites like podcast.com or Podcast Alley.