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Using Podcasts in Your Teaching

Looking to add some variety to your teaching? Podcasts may be just the thing! In the Brainstorm podcast, Brian Martin from Boise State’s Center for Teaching and Learning shares some ideas on how to incorporate podcasting into your teaching, along with some quick tips if you want to try your hand at creating a podcast.

Listen to the Brainstorm podcast by clicking here.

Click here to read a transcript of the podcast.

Finding podcasts

If you’re needing to find some podcasts to include in your teaching, you can simply do a Google search, but you may get results that don’t exactly target what you’re looking for. A better option is to use podcasts directories or search engines that will only present you with podcasts related to the search term you’ve entered. Below are some suggested sites to check out:

Creating podcasts

If you want to try your hand at creating a podcast, here are some recording and editing apps to consider:

Anchor: This tool from Spotify not only makes recording and editing audio a snap with its drag and drop features, but it also hosts and distributes your podcast to all the major podcast directories on the Internet. Anchor is cross-platform and will work through the Anchor app on a mobile device, as well as through a web interface on your laptop. Watch this video to learn how to use Anchor to create a podcast.

Camtasia: Although this is primarily a video editing program, it can be used for recording and editing audio. Its interface is easy to navigate, and it’s a great place to start if you’re a beginner. Employees of Boise State have free access to Camtasia. Visit Learning Technology Solutions’ Camtasia webpage if you need help installing and using it. Watch this video to learn how to use Camtasia to create a podcast.

GarageBand: This tool is free to use if you’re on a macOS or iOS device. GarageBand contains multi-track editing that will allow you to create and add original music to your podcast, but you can also just use it for simple editing. Watch this video to learn how to use GarageBand to create a podcast.

Audacity: This audio recording and editing tool will work across all platforms (Windows, Linux, and macOS). Its interface may not be the most intuitive, but it does a sufficient job at recording and editing. Watch this video to learn how to use Audacity to create a podcast.