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Resources for ‘Creating a podcast’ workshop – 22nd November 2011


On this page you will find all the resources you’ll need when attending the “Creating a podcast” workshop on 22nd November 2011, organised by FILTA and MMU. For queries and registration, please email us.

Session objectives:

At the end of this session, you should be able to:

1. Understand the concepts of podcasting and screencasting and their applications to language teaching

2. Produce and publish a podcast

3. Produce and publish a screencast

A few examples of podcasts

Le français facile

English Language Teaching podcast

Rosbif Radio (Y7 to Y11 student and teacher recordings)

BMJ podcast (including some student broadcast)

Using an online prompter

Click to access CuePrompter.com, The Online Prompter. Paste your script in the text box and select your preferred font and speed. Practise reading your script.

Recording and editing your podcast

To record your podcast, open the following application on your computer: Audacity (PC) or GarageBand (Mac).

If Audacity is not installed in your machine, click here to install it.

GarageBand comes pre-installed on every Mac and is not available for public download.

Publishing your podcast

To publish your podcast on the MMU podcasting server, click here. You will need to enter your staff number and password.

For retrieving and tagging your podcast, access the MMU podcasting server.

Click to access MMU’s podcasting resources.

To create a free account with the podcast hosting service Beanpod, click here.

An example of screencast

Planning your screencast

In order to plan your screencast, download the template slides and add text  to create a lesson or activity relating to language learning. Prepare what you are going to say and practise talking over your slides.

Recording your screencast

To record your screencast, run the following software on your computer:

Blueberry Flashback (PC) or Camtasia (Mac).

If the software is not installed on your computer, click on of the links below to install it.

Blueberry Flashback (PC)

Camtasia (Mac)

Share your screencast on Youtube

In order to share your screencast on YouTube, create a free YouTube account. Note that if you have an existing Google account (e.g. Gmail), you can use the same credentials to create a Youtube account.

Sharing your screencast with Web 2.0

To share your screencast on MMU’s Languages Web PortalClick this link to create a new member account or to log on to your existing account.

Once a member, you may access the FILTA working space directly.

Further reading and weblinks:

Podcasting in the classroom by Joe Dale – A great guide to podcasting.

An MMU guide to podcasting

A list of podcasting software

Benoît Guilbaud’s podcast on iTunes

How to get your podcast on iTunes

FAQs for podcast makers

Create your own Web 2.0 online space using Ning.

Create a free  DropBox account

Dropbox help

Software download

Blueberry Flashback for Windows

Camtasia for Windows

 Camtasia for Mac

Audacity for Windows

Audacity quick start guide


Media skills for language tutors – A series of workshops

Hello everyone,

The Film in Language Teaching Association (FILTA) and Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) are organising a series of workshops entitled ‘Media skills for language tutors’. These are aimed at equipping tutors of modern languages with a set of digital skills they can apply and re-use in the classroom. Below is a description of the contents of each section:

1)    Working with video (Tutor: Benoît Guilbaud, MMU and FILTA) on  Tuesday 8th November from 5-8.

This session will look at how to digitise clips from DVDs, edit them and share them online with learners and colleagues.

Windows PCs will be provided. You may also bring your own laptop computer. Mac users welcome.

Software used include:

Xilisoft DVD to WMV converter (Windows) / Handbrake (OS X)

Windows Live Movie Maker (Windows) / iMovie (OS X)

Microsoft PowerPoint (Windows / OS X)

Dropbox (Windows / OS X)


2)    Creating a podcast (Tutor: Benoît Guilbaud, MMU and FILTA) on Tuesday 22nd November from 5-8.

This session will look at possible uses of podcasting and screencasting in education, with hands-on activities.

Desktop PCs will be provided. You may also bring your own laptop computers. Mac users welcome.

Software used include:

Audacity (Windows) / GaradeBand (OS X)

BlueBerry Flashback (Windows) / Quicktime X (OS X)


3)    Making subtitles (Tutor: Jessica Frye, MMU and FILTA) on Tuesday 6th  December from 5.30 to 7.30.

 Details to be communicated.


The fee is £30 per session or £80 for attending the 3 sessions.

The workshops will take place in the Geoffrey Manton building, at Manchester Metropolitan University on Oxford road, Manchester.

For further information or to book, send me a message, or email Susan Nolan.

Thanks for reading.


Looking for new ideas

Tomorrow is the first day of the Education in a Changing Environment (ECE) conference at Salford University, UK.

The programme is extremely exciting and promises to offer a number of different perspectives on Higher Education and creativity in teaching and learning.

Given my interest in digital literacy, I’m particularly looking forward to the paper Enhancing Information Systems Literacy Education via the Four Resources Model by Peter Clutterbuck, Owen Seamons and Terry Rowlands.

Also, PechaKuchas (I imagine this is how you spell the plural of PechaKucha) are an entirely new thing to me and I must say I’m quite intrigued by the idea. If you don’t know what a PechaKucha is, this might help.

More to come about the ECE conference over the next three days…