My major project continues to evolve and morph as I try new things and make adjustments based on feedback and my own reflections. I’ve also done a screencast to show others what is involved in the editing for the podcasts that I am doing.
My new microphone has arrived and I’m looking forward to trying it out on my next podcast. I’ve made contact with a number of different people and am looking forward to this next step where I incorporate an interview into the podcast.
Each podcast is only 8 to 12 minutes in length. It doesn’t seem very long and when I listen to the final products, they aren’t really the “high caliber” podcasts like the Read to Lead or TeacherCast podcasts although I’m hoping adding a different microphone might improve the sound quality. I’m also hoping that adding interviews and doing some different things will improve the overall presentation quality. Having said that, time is a factor. Although I am getting better at the presentation of the podcast, adding a few other items to the mix will add more time to the editing portion. I’m trying to find a workflow that will help me manage the different projects that I am working on at the moment. I’m really working at trying to create a manageable workflow and planning for each of the projects so that when the unexpected life things happen, I can still manage what needs to be done.
Another challenge is the learning how to use the different technical aspects of GarageBand. I’ve just started to scratch the surface of what the software is capable of doing. Although some of the other educational podcasters are using Audacity, I’m finding GB to be a bit easier to manage. The big thing will be looking for supports to do things like importing interviews and adding different portions like sounds and breaks and filtering out various noise.
For me, this cannot be just a “project” but needs to expand and become an integral part of my learning and sharing. I believe that by reaching out to Saskatchewan teachers, incorporating their ideas, thoughts, concerns, and dreams, the podcast will be more than just a project. Right now, I’m focusing on our topics from #saskedchat as a beginning point. I believe that this will expand and grow as the podcast develops. For now, it provides a topic that, for some, is on their minds because they’ve taken part of a discussion.
As always, I am looking for feedback and ideas. Sometimes it is hard to know how things sound or come across because I’ve listened to the audio a number of times. Please don’t hesitate to let me know what needs to get better and where I need to improve.