How Can Podcasts
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Have you ever wanted to create amazing digital content with your students?
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In this session, we will discuss audio and video podcasting along with digital media creation from the inside out. Learn how to record, edit, publish, and implement audio and video podcasts in your classroom today!

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Today's Agenda

  • Introductions
  • Classroom vs “Real” Podcasting
  • Why Podcast with your students?
  • A Full Year Podcasting Curriculum
  • Templates + Examples = 😉
  • Curriculum, Apps, Equipment … oh my!
  • Audience Challenges
  • Podcasting Q&A

What do I hope you learn today?

Classroom Podcasters

  • What is Educational Podcasting and why is it important for our classrooms?
  • How to create a series of projects using audio & video podcasts.
  • How to use podcasting to help your students grow confidence outside of the classroom.

Studio Podcasters

  • How to plan, record, edit and publish your educational podcast.
  • How to choose the right equipment for your podcast without breaking your budget.
  • How to grow your audience and build your digital footprint through your podcast.

Integrating Podcasts Into The Curriculum

The Podcasting Curriculum Outline
The Podcasting Curriculum Outline

Why Podcast with Students?


  • Differentiated Instruction
  • Student-Centered Learning
  • Creativity/Collaboration
  • Critical Thinking/Communication
  • Podcasting is Fun!


Why Bring Podcasting Into the Classroom?

Podcasts can be used in the classroom to:

  • Engage Student Creativity
  • Encourage Critical Thinking Skills
  • Prepare Students for Presentations and Real World Job Interviews

Free vs Paid Apps

When should you spend money on podcasting applications?

  • Features are needed to complete the project
  • You wish to use an app over multiple years

Episode 1) Short Self-Interest Videos

Introducing Screencastify

Why Should Students use Screencastify?

Activity 1a: Create a Simple Screencast Sharing Your Hopes For The ISTE Conference

Click To Download This Template Into Your Google Drive

Recording Your First Passion Project

How to make your first project a success

  • Focus on something they are passionate about
  • Don't make it be curricular if possible
  • Get them excited about the topic
  • Do it on a Thursday/Friday so they can work on it during the weekend
  • Don't grade it ... celebrate it!

Activity 1b: Create A Personalized Video Trailer Promoting Student Accomplishments

Project Directions

Using the Templates provided, students will create a "video trailer" composed of short videos on a slide accompanied by an outline of their thoughts on a given topic.

Activity 1c: Group Videos

Multiple Students On Video

What is the importance of grouping students in video projects?

  • Teaches them to listen to each other
  • Emphasis on organization and note taking
  • Accountability to the project and each other
  • Students learn how to "move without the ball"

Episode 2) Replacing Tradition Activities with Podcasts

Breaking Down The Essay Format

Creating Podcasts From Traditional Written Projects

  • Introduction: Group
  • Body 1: Student 1
  • Body 2: Student 2
  • Body 3: Student 3
  • Closing: Group

Creating Episodic Podcasts using Synth

Introducing Synth

Why Should Students use Synth?

  • Episodic Podcast Recording
  • 256 Second Audio or Video Podcasts
  • Private or Public Sharing
  • Video Chat/Comment Features are GREAT for Digital Citizenship
  • Embeddable Audio/Video Player

How to use Synth

To complete your audio podcast, you will be using a FREE application called Synth.

  • Visit
  • On the homepage click: Get Started on Web (Big Red Button)
  • Log in with your Google account
  • Click on the PLUS BUTTON on the top right to start a new Synth
  • Record your audio podcast into Synth.
  • When finished, click on the button to complete your recording and listen back to it.
  • Turn Transcription to ON
  • Click DONE if you are happy with your recording and then click NEXT
  • Give your podcast a title. This should be the topic of your podcast and then the word Intro
    • Example: Feudalism Podcast - Introduction
  • On the "Share your Synth" screen, select Podcast to make your show private and click the Share button

Project Recommendations

  • Have all of your research completed before you hit the record button.
  • Write out exactly what you want to say and who in your group will be saying it.
  • Practice recording your podcast before you hit the record button.
  • If you are not happy with the podcast, delete it and record it again.
  • Use a microphone or have your headphones on to record into the headphones mic.

Activity: Create a series of podcasts using Synth around a common topic

Episode 3) Morning News Announcements

Morning Announcements Script Template

  • Step 1: Download the Google Slides template.
  • Step 2: Customize the template.
  • Step 3: Assign roles in the student groups so that everyone gets a turn researching and reporting.

Activity: Create a Morning Announcement Script For Your Students

Episode 4) Forecasting The Weather In Your Community

Create Your Own 7-Day Weather Forecast

Activity: Download The Weather Forecast Template And Customize It For Your School District

Episode 5) Create Your Own Student Podcasts

Student Podcasts using Soundtrap

  • How To Record Your Podcast
    • Open Soundtrap and create a new project
    • Record a 3-4 minute audio podcast
        • Introduction
        • Topic 1
        • Topic 2
        • Topic 3
        • Closing
    • Export their podcast and save it to their Chromebook
    • Submit the podcast using the Google Form
  • Create a Bumper Graphic
    • Download the Google Drawings Template from Google Drawings
    • Create a graphic to describe your podcast episode
    • Submit your Google Drawing along with your Audio Podcast using the Google Form
    • Hit the TURN IN BUTTON in Google Classroom to turn in the Google Drawing


Activity: Download The Podcast Bumper Template and Customize It | Then Record A Group Podcast

Episode 6) Create Videos Using Microsoft Video Editor

Podcasting Equipment Recommendations

BEST Classroom Podcasting Summer 2022

Best Classroom Podcasting Microphones: Summer 2022 Edition

By Jeffrey Bradbury | May 22, 2022

Check out my updated Summer of 2022 list of Mobile (and desktop) podcasting and broadcasting microphones to kick your podcast up a notch!

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A10 Webcam

Three Reasons You Need THIS Webcam in Your Classroom

By Jeffrey Bradbury | Apr 14, 2022

The A10 webcam is feature-packed and has everything you need for creating high-quality videos or for streaming live videos from your classroom.

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Educational Podcasting Microphone Review

6 Podcasting Microphones … But Which is Best For Your Podcast?

By Jeffrey Bradbury | Dec 15, 2019

Are you looking to bring audio and video podcasts into your classroom? Check out our review of our six favorite podcasting microphones today!

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Padcaster Review

Padcaster: Educational Podcasting Equipment Review

By Jeffrey Bradbury | May 28, 2019

The Padcaster is an all in one solution for anyone looking to turn their iOS (iPad/iPhone) devices into mobile professional video studios.

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Mobile Podcasting Equipment

The TeacherCast Mobile Podcasting Equipment Checklist for New and Experienced Podcasters

By Jeffrey Bradbury | May 28, 2019

If you are looking for a complete list of our mobile podcasting equipment, please check out this blog post featuring dozens of links and mobile podcasting equipment recommendations.

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2019 Microphone Buying Guide

USB vs XLR & Dynamic vs Condenser: Choosing the Microphone that is best for your podcast

By Jeffrey Bradbury | May 27, 2019

In this guide to podcasting microphones, we take a look at the most common questions to help you make the best decisions for your podcast.

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Microphones For Roadtrips

Podcasting Microphones For Mobile Recording

By Jeffrey Bradbury | May 27, 2019

In this post, we take a look at our favorite portable microphones that work great in classrooms or on the road when attending educational conferences.

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Lesson Plan Ideas

Downloadable Press Pass Template Pop-Up

Create A Custom Hall or Press Pass With Our Google Slides Template!

By Jeffrey Bradbury | Dec 8, 2019

Download our FREE Google Slides template to create customized Press Passes or Hallway Passes for your students or Broadcast Journalism program today!

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5 Paragraph Essay Podcasting Lesson Plan

Turn Your Traditional 5-Paragraph Essay Into An Interactive Podcast!

By Jeffrey Bradbury | Jun 6, 2019

Learn how to transform the traditional 5-paragraph essay into an educational podcast using Synth!

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Educational Podcasting Today

Educational Podcasting Today is an instructional podcast that helps teachers learn how to introduce audio and video into their classrooms. Hosted by Jeff Bradbury, a middle school Broadcast Journalism teacher if you are interested in creating audio or video podcasts in your classroom or home studio, THIS is the podcast for you!

Educational Podcasting Resources

SchoolTube: Video Tutorial

SchoolTube: A Complete Audio, Video, and Screencasting Tutorial for K12 Classrooms

By Jeffrey Bradbury | Jan 18, 2021

SchoolTube is an interactive and digital video solution for K-12 classrooms that provides teachers a safe and secure teaching environment for hybrid lessons.

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StreamYard: A Complete Tutorial for Teachers

StreamYard: A Teachers Guide to Live Broadcasting … The Easy Way

By Jeffrey Bradbury | Dec 15, 2020

In this episode of EdTech in the Classroom, we take a look at StreamYard, a live streaming application that is simple and FREE!

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Educational Podcasting Microphone Review

6 Podcasting Microphones … But Which is Best For Your Podcast?

By Jeffrey Bradbury | Dec 15, 2019

Are you looking to bring audio and video podcasts into your classroom? Check out our review of our six favorite podcasting microphones today!

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Spreaker Studio Now Fully Supports Chrome OS

By Jeffrey Bradbury | Sep 30, 2019

Students and Teachers can now take advantage of Spreaker Studio in the classroom as it recently announced the arrival of Chrome OS Support.

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Why Should Students Be Podcasting in the Classroom

What is the Educational Value of Podcasting with Students?

By Jeffrey Bradbury | Jun 1, 2019

With more teachers bringing educational podcasts in to their classrooms have you ever thought “What is the Educational Value of Podcasting with Students?”

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Podcasting | MacBook vs Chromebook

Recording and Editing a Podcast using Native MacOS Applications – vs – Recording on a Chromebook

By Jeffrey Bradbury | May 25, 2019

Have you ever wondered if a MacBook or Chromebook is better for recording and editing a podcast? The answer just may surprise you!

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