I’ve been working with a number of faculty on considering the potential of archived audio interviews and interactions. As a result, I’ve been sharing with them the phenomenon knowns as podcasting. We have a number of programs on campus that could benefit from this type of recorded experience. Over the winterim, a few of our faculty led a service-learning trip to Tanzania. Over Spring Break one of our faculty, Dr. MaryAnn McGarry is in the four-corners region of the United States on the Colorado plateau exploring environmental science and policy. This summer Dr. McGarry is leading a travel study to the Galapagos Islands, a trip that my wife will be participating in. It is an experience that I would love to record for our children.
So I’ve spent the last few weeks researching what it would take to build a field-ready podcasting kit for our educators. This kit would include a field digital media recorder with external microphones and removable media. It needs to be lightweight and durable, but mostly it needs to be easy to use. The links below are the result of my research. They include specific products, reviews of those products where I could find them and some information on the practice of interviewing and screencasting. I also have to recommend the O’Reilly Press book, Podcasting Hacks by Jack D. Herrington. This book has some great tips and helped my research immensely. I really like the idea of “soundseeing” tours, a 3-dimensional (ok, stereo but work with me here) experience that places the user inside the audio.
[tags]podcast, podcasting, podcasting, podcast [/tags]