Radio Show

DEFINITION

An Internet-based radio show is a pre-recorded audio file available for on-demand listening, featuring different segments (or spots) combined into a single program. *

WORKFLOW

Initial Setup

  1. Teacher obtains microphone and software for recording.
  2. Teacher creates website for hosting/sharing audio files.

Ongoing Use

  1. Students prepare a “storyboard” for the show.
  2. Students write essays / scripts for each “corner” or spot in the show.
  3. Students record each show spot, saving each as an audio file.
  4. Student editor combines audio spots into a single program.
  5. Teacher publishes final audio file.

The following graphic, from the July 2015 “Podcasting Options with WordPress” by Wesley Fryer, highlights the five production and post-production steps of a radio show or podcast: Record, Edit, Export, Upload, and Link.

The 5.5 minute video, “How We Make a Podcast” by 3rd and 4th graders in Bob Sprankle’s 2006 elementary classroom provides an excellent summary of their radio show production cycle. Note the availability of apps with free hosting can significantly simply and streamline this process, however. If you are interested in creating conference/event podcasts, see the post, “Conference Podcast Recipe and Workflow.”

TOOLS

for laptop / desktop computers:

  1. Spreaker (free 10 hours of radio shows, browser-based)
  2. Audacity (free, computer-based, Win/Mac/Linux)
  3. GarageBand for Mac
  4. Hipcast (commercial only / monthly subscription required)
  5. Podbean (commercial only / monthly subscription required)

for iOS:

  1. Voice Record Pro (free, unlimited recording length, multiple import/export options)
  2. Opinion – Podcast Recorder & Editor (free, iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch)
  3. AudioBoo (free, limited to 3 min unless you upgrade, great for individual podcast segments/spots)
  4. iPadio (free, runs on iPhone,  iPod Touch & iPad)
  5. Spreaker DJ (free, for iPad, free Spreaker.com accounts can include 10 hours of audio)
  6. Spreaker Radio and podcast recorder (free, for all iOS devices, same free hosting limits as above)
  7. Bossjock Studio ($10, 35 audio “carts” of clips to include, multiple import/export options, imports from GoodReader)
  8. GarageBand for iOS ($5, multi-track podcast editing “up to 320 bars,” imports from GoodReader)
  9. DropVox ($2, records directly to DropBox)
  10. Rec Pad ($1)
  11. Mobile Podcaster (free, for WordPress sites)
  12. Hindenburg Field Recorder ($30, too expensive!)
  13. Hipster (app is free, but service requires monthly subscription)
  14. More recommendations in this Appolicious list

For Android :

  1. Spreaker Radio (free, Spreaker.com accounts can include 10 hours of audio)

For Windows Tablets:

  1. Spreaker (free 10 hours of radio shows, browser-based)

iOS Utility Apps for Podcasting:

  1. GoodReader ($5, allows downloading of audio from the web & subsequent “open in app..” to Bossjock and Garageband)
  2. DropBox (free, 3 GB free hosting)
  3. SoundCloud (free, but monthly allowed uploads are limited unless you pay $)

VIDEO TUTORIALS

Basic

  1. What is a Podcast? (8 min, 35 sec)
  2. Get on Air in 60 seconds | Spreaker Intro Tutorial (2 min, 20 sec)
  3. Include Audio in KidBlog Post (2 min, 13 sec)

Intermediate / Advanced

  1. Create a Multi-Track Radio Show (Podcast) with Audacity (20 min, 27 sec)
  2. All-iPad Class Radio Show with AudioBoo, Bossjock, GoodReader, & SoundCloud  (14 min, 38 sec)
  3. How to copy & paste podcast audio from BossJack on iOS into GarageBand for iOS (3 min, 8 sec) – from “How to Create a Course Podcast with Dropbox in 5 Easy Steps” by Jason Rhode
  4. Audio Technica ATR 2100 USB mic into Bossjock podcast app for iOS (3 min, 49 sec) by Ray Ortega
  5. Music Radio Creative Podcast about Adobe Audition by Mike Russell
  6. Auphonic Introduction Video (2 min)

Mission ‘Pod’sible by Rachelle Wooten (free iBooks eBook for iPad)

EXAMPLES

  1. Evan, Madison & Andrew on the String Phone (Yukon, Oklahoma)
  2. Student Radio Show with VoiceThread (Cactus Canyon JHS, Apache Junction, AZ by @onedavis22)
  3. Portable Radio: Mr. Toft’s Grade 4/5 class at Berrigan Elementary School in Ottawa, Canada (more info)
  4. Berwick Lodge Primary School Podcasts (Warragul, Australia)
  5. Podcasting Library of the Allen Brook School, a K-2 school in Williston, Vermont
  6. History Now on Cub Radio: Podcasts by elementary students taught by Linda Yolis in California
  7. Write Out Loud: 4 audio podcasts by Canadian students (2008)
  8. Math Out Loud: 10 math definition podcasts by Julie McLeod‘s students (2011)
  9. Radio WillowWeb: Elementary students at Willowdale Elementary in Omaha, Nebraska, USA
  10. Room 208 Podcast: 3rd Graders in Bob Sprankle’s 2006 class in Wells, Maine, USA
  11. Oak Lawn Hometown School Podcasts (Illinois, USA)
  12. How and Why to Pray Radio Show (5th graders at FPCE in Edmond, Oklahoma, USA  in Nov 2011 – podcast no longer available because cinch.fm is offline)

MICROPHONE OPTIONS

  1. iRig Microphone ($60 – works with iOS and Android, also Apple laptops)
  2. iRig Mic Cast ($40 – works with iOS and Android, also Apple laptops)
  3. Plantronics 655 Audio Headset ($30)
  4. Audio Technica ATR 2100 USB mic ($44)
  5. Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit ($30 – for supported USB mics)

Mobile Digital Recorders

  1. Sony ICD PX312 – digital voice recorder ($50)
  2. RCA VR5330 2GB Digital Voice Recorder ($35)

* Internet-based radio shows CAN be “live” but classroom teachers are encouraged to help students create pre-recorded programs instead. These audio programs are sometimes called “podcasts” or “netcasts” when they allow others to “subscribe” to them using a web feed. The following online services support “live” radio shows:

  1. Spreaker
  2. iPadio
  3. BlogTalkRadio

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

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  1. Shirley R.

    My students would like to try the Radio Show. They would like to change appearances but then add voice.

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