Introduction to podcasting and vblogging (Vodcasting) using wordpress

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This workshop introduces participants to podcasting & vblogging and looks at the tools and techniques used in their production and delivery. It also explores their use in an educational context.
This session provides an overview of Podcasting & Vbloging using the Wordpress platform.

Session Resources


Lesson Plan

Session Plan - Introduction to Podcasting & Vblogging

Session Outcomes


This workshop introduces participants to podcasting & vblogging (vodcasting)and looks at the tools and techniques used in their production and delivery. It also explores their use in an educational context.
Participants will Learn:
  • how to record, edit and broadcast a podcast and vodcast using the equipment supplied and a Wordpress blog.
  • the basics of vblogging and gain hands on experience in creating a short video using a simple web cam, editing in moviemaker and posting it to the web for syndication


  • Overview of podcasting, & videoblogging.
  • Overview of RSS distribution/Subscription model
  • Overview of podcasting & demo of publishing a podcast using Wordpress

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course participants will:'
  • Know what podcasts are
  • To subscribe to them using an aggregator
  • Find podcasts of interest on the internet
  • Record/edit audio and post an episode to a podcast on your wiki or blog

Time Frame
3 hrs
5 min
15 min
History of Podcasting/Vblogging & it's roots in blogging & RSS distribution/Subscription model
15 min
Demonstration of subscribing to a blog using google reader
google reader,
15 min
Demonstraton of subscribing to a podcast using itunes and syncing ipod
30 min
Demonstration of podcasting using Ipod, Belkin recorder, Audition and syndication to a podcasting platform
Sandpit podcast, ipod, belkin, Adobe Audition
10 min
Searching for podcasts/vodcasts

15 min

1 hr
Depending on preference group activity 1 or 2

10 min
Summary & wrap up

Presentation Creating Podcast for teaching & learning
Group Activity 1
  1. Record a quick audio using ipod & Belkin
  2. Edit using Adobe Audition or Audacity and export to mp3 format
  3. Add mp3 Tags
  4. Upload to ‘sandpit blog’ using ‘word press’ plug-in capability
  5. Subscribe to podcast using iTunes
  6. Syncronise to audio iPod
Group Activity 2
  1. Search for a podcast
  2. Subscribe using itunes
  3. Connect ipod and sync to iTunes library

Session Activities

Introduction to Podcasting & Vblogging workshop activity

Activity 1

iTunes can be utilised as a stand alone aggregator subscribe and listen to podcasts/vblogs on your pc/mac. The downloaded files, including any music you may have purchased from the iTunes store or ripped from cd’s are stored in the iTunes library on your computer.

The first time an iPod is connected to a computer via a usb port iTunes will detect it and attempt to synchronise the iTunes library in order that the content be copied to the iPod memory for portable usage. In the future, iTunes will recognise the specific iPod and synchronise the computer iTunes library with the iPod library automatically.

This activity will take you through the steps of connecting an iPod to iTunes for the first time, subscribing to a podcast, synchronising with an iPod and listening to the content.

The first time you open iTunes under your profile you will see the following dialog box
The podcast will be added to the library and the latest episode will be begin downloading.
Probably best to uncheck these two as iTunes will search the computer for audio content and add it to you library.
You will be prompted to choose if you would like iTunes to manage file names for you, probably best to choose the default no.
Finally choose iTunes library as an entry point to begin.

Select Edit> Preferences from the iTunes menu

You can choose how you would like to manage your subscriptions

Part 1 – Subscribing to a podcast using iTunes

  1. Click on the podcasts icon in the left hand menu
  2. Click on the podcast directory icon

3.Search for a podcast and click the subscribe button


The podcast will be added to the library and the latest episode will be begin downloading.

Subscribing to a podcast using the “one click subscription” method

Navigate to the NSW LearnScope podcast
scroll down and click “subscribe with iTunes” button, click launch application

iTunes will scan & subscribe to the rss feed and begin downloading the latest episode.

Part 2 – Connecting, configuring and synchronising an Apple ipod with iTunes
  • Connect the iPod to the computer via the usb port
  • You will be asked to name the iPod, and follow the wizard to the end and click finish

However if your iPod has been synced with iTunes previously you will receive the following dialog box.
iPods can only sync with 1 iTunes library at a time, so if someone else has previously paired their library iTunes will prompt you to erase the content currently on the iPod.

The content will be someone from a previous workshop, feel free to erase.
It will prompt for confirmation once more.

  1. Once the iPod is paired to iTunes it will appear in the left hand menu
  1. Click on the iPod name
  2. Click on the podcasts tab
  3. Ensure the sync option is checked and all podcasts are enabled to be synced to the ipod or they will not be transferred when you sync/update your iTunes library.
  1. Select and right click on its icon and select update, this synchronises the computers iTunes library with the iPod and transfers the files.
  2. One the transfer is complete, disconnect/eject the iPod by clicking on the eject icon
  3. Remove the usb cable and browse to the podcast and listen to it using earphones

Activity 2 – Recording and posting a podcast

Option 1 – Record using Audacity
Plug your microphone headset into the computer and open audacity
Click on Edit>Preferences

On the Audio I/O Tab ensure the correct microphone is selected for playback & recording
Choose 1 (Mono) in the channels drop down

Select the Quality Tab
Set the following preferences
Default Sample Rate: 22050 Hz
Default Sample Format: 16 Bit
Real-time sample rate converter: Fast Sinc Interpolation
High quality sample rate converter: High quality Sinc Interpolation
Real-time dither: None
High quality dither: Triangle

Click the stop button to cease recording

Select File>Export As Mp3
Enter a Title, Artist & Date for the id3 tag metadata

Give you mp3 file a meaningful file name and save the file to a location you can retrieve it from later for uploading.

Option 2 – Record using an Iriver mp3 recorder

Using a portable mp3 recorder, record a short a short podcast

Connect the recorder to the computer via the usb port and move the file to the computer.

Use audacity to add mp3 tag metadata and resave using an appropriate file name.

Option 3 – Recording audio with a 5G ipod video, 2G Nano & a Belkin TuneTalk Recorder

To record your audio

· Ensure the AUTOGAIN switch is set to the ON position

· Plug the Belkin recorder into the Nano or ipod video.

· Click the centre button to begin recording, the counter will begin to increment.

· Select the Stop & Save option to save the recording

· Click the date of the recording and Play option to review sound file

· Click the Delete option to delete the recording

Accessing the recorded files (using windows)

There are 2 ways to access the recorded files on the Nano or ipod

Access the files directly from the Nano/ipod

The Nano/ipod will work as a memory stick so all you need to do navigate to a directory titled “Recordings” and copy the files to a convenient location for post production editing.
Once you have a copy you can then delete the files, this way once iTunes loads it will not copy the files off the Nano/ipod into the iTunes library.

Using iTunes to access the files

If iTunes opens while recordings are present on the Nano you will be prompted to move them to the iTunes library. This moves the recorded files to the root of the music section of your library and will be synchronised to the Nano in the normal fashion.
You can physically find the files on your computer under in the root of the mymusic>iTunes>iTunes music directory.

You can copy them to another location for post production editing and then delete them from the library using iTunes.

Creating and publishing a podcast

Podomatic is a web based podcasting service.

Go to and complete the registration process.

Note that the site where you post podcasts [] and the site where your audience accesses your podcasts (www.[] differs.

Once you have registered go to and log in

Click on the POST AN EPISODE link at the top of the screen
Give your podcast a title, tags and comments. You can also select an image to accompany your podcast.
Click on the use import button at the bottom of the screen to upload an MP3 file that you have recorded in audacity etc. Browse your hard drive for the file and select by double clicking.
Click Post episode to publish.
It will offer you a range of options to publicise your episode using email or in a range of popular web services ie myspace
You can choose skip to bypass this promotion process.

To view your podcast as your audience will click the My podcast page button

Subscribe to your podcast using iTunes, sync to the iPod and listen to the episode.

For more information visit PWilliams' Wiki on Podcasting in 6 easy steps

pedagogy examples
ANT Quick e reference guide
PowerPoint Presentation:
FeLC HS Calendar



Time to Learn: Podcasting Accross WSI
BBC Podcast Directory
ABC Podcasts
Poducate Me


ABC Videocasts
Time to Learn: Vodcasting
Windows XP Moviemaker

Audio Editing

Using Adobe Audition 3