CLEAR Broadcasts: Create a hosted podcast for free

Broadcasts

Over the last few weeks, I have reviewed a couple of webtools for creating videos for the classroom. These webtools are part of a group of online webtools from CLEAR that are fantastic for the language classroom. Today, I will look at a podcast recorder that you or your students can use to create and host a podcast without registration. All of this is for free and unlimited. Here is how it works:

Steps:

  1. If you haven’t done so already, go to the main CLEAR website to register. The teacher is the only person who needs to register.
  2. Once you have completed the registration process, go to the Broadcasts website and login.
  3. On the left side, click on “New Channel”. A new title will appear above it labeled ‘Your Podcast Channels’ with ‘new channel’ listed below it. Click on the title ‘new channel’ to type in a name for your podcast channel.
  4. Click on the pencil symbol next to the podcast channel you just created. A ‘New Episode’ will appear in the window to the right. Click on ‘New Episode’ and a ‘new episode’ will appear above it.
  5. Click on the pencil symbol next to the ‘new episode’ and a box will appear. Click on ‘RECORD’ to get a recorder to appear. Click on the circle with the red circle in the middle to start recording using the default microphone on your computer. Click on the circle with the blue square in the middle to stop recording. Click on ‘PLAY’ to listen to your recording.
  6. Give your recording a name in the ‘Episode Title’ section and a description in the ‘Episode Text’ box. Click on ‘SAVE’ when finished.
  7. Click on ‘CLOSE’ to close the box. Click on ‘Publish this channel’ to publish to the world.
  8. To get an RSS feed to share with others, click on the orange RSS symbol beside the channel name under ‘Your Podcast Channels’. This can be used with any browser or RSS reader such as Google Reader or iTunes.

This is a great way for students to create a class podcast that they can share with others such as other classes or parents and friends. The recording is hosted by CLEAR so you don’t need to download or upload any files.

How do you see it being used in the classroom? Share your ideas in the comment section below, send me a Tweet at @nathanghall, or email me using the contact for on this website. Thank you.

 

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