The intermingling of digital spaces and academic curriculum has the potential to profoundly affect the way students engage with learning materials. Digital storytelling and podcasting use audio only or audio, graphics and video to create educaitonal content. It can enable students the opportunity to critically engage with media tools in order to preserve and organize learning, engage with audience, reflect on course content and even entertain their audience. If you’re looking to get started with integrating digital production assignments into the curriculum but need a few starting points, below are 13 resources that our team finds useful and inspiring.
Not all tools listed below are FERPA compliant. Please refer to this post for more information on FERPA and technology for teaching and learning.
Production tips and tools
Tools, advice, and community in support of public radio and public media. A great go-to for hands-on learning, tools recommendations and best practices. Be sure to check out the “craft” page.
A little dated but still offering a powerful collection for referencing information ranging from podcast history through hardware, to publication. An oldie but goodie.
Free audio editing software.
Explainer video creation app…explained by David Pogue. Free app for ipad!
Apple’s guide to making a podcast
How to submit your podcast to the itunes store.
Find great podcast examples
A great way to access podcasts using your Apple or Android device.
Third Coast Festival
The Third Coast curates sound-rich audio stories from around the world. A great site to visit to get examples of any-length audio stories.
Resources for open content and information, understanding copyright
Free Music Archive
Need to create an engaging soundtrack?
Search the Creative Commons Database for audio or visual resources.
A very handy visual guide for understanding copyright.
31 references for free music
A current list of free audio resources.
Use cases and advice from educators
Writing, Speaking and Digital Technologies: Multimodality in the Classroom by Laura J Gurack
One instructor’s experience including digital technologies into her writing curriculum. Includes insight on introducing podcasts.
Four Mistakes I Made When Assigning Podcasts
Advice from the Chronicle of Higher Education.
And keep your eye on the workshop schedule of our friends at Mann Library, who frequently host sessions related to digital media.
As always, for more information, advice or friendly assistance, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org