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Setting up the Behringer Podcastudio April 16, 2008

Posted by Podcast Lane in Instructions, Podcastudio, Stu Hasic, Vodcast.
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Since we presented the Behringer Podcastudio at ther Term 1 ICT Coordinator Days last month, there’s been quite some interest in the product from schools, with several schools now buying one from Computers Now. One thing missing from the bright yellow box it comes in is a clear step-by-step guide on how to put it all together so it works.

We’ve decided the quickest way to explain it to you is via a vodcast!  Yes, this is our first ever vodcast here at Podcast Lane and we hope to make many more in the future. Just click the Play button below and wait a little while it buffers. (Duration: 3:13)

If you have any technical questions about Podcastudio, try the Behringer support website here: http://www.behringer.com/EN/Support/index.aspx


Podcasting? Get a Good Mic! April 14, 2008

Posted by Podcast Lane in Podcast, Podcasting, Stu Hasic.
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Many podcast sites on the internet provide some great content, but unfortunately, the sound quality is often unbearable. Combine bad quality sound with a 20 minute diatribe and you’ll quickLogitech ClearChat Pro USBly be turned off podcasting yourself.  Here at Podcast Lane, we’re taking it a little more seriously.  For a start, each podcast is no more than 4 minutes long and sound quality is very important to us – as it should be to you!

If you’re interested in starting podcasting yourself, you really should invest in a good microphone. Gone are the days of the analogue mic with the little round plug. As an absolute minimum, you should look at the Logitech ClearChat Pro USB Headset, or if you really want your podcasts to sound Behringer Podcastudio USBgreat, the Behringer Podcastudio USB is an excellent option.  Both are pictured here. 

The podcast below discusses all of these options and includes sound tests so you can hear the differences.  The analogue microphone you’ll hear had the audio properties significantly tweaked in order to get a passable recording. Click the Play button below to hear the podcast.

(Duration 2:49)

Download this podcast to your PC or MP3 player.  Any feedback or questions on this podcast? Just add them to the comments section.


Why Teachers and Schools Should be Blogging April 14, 2008

Posted by Podcast Lane in Blogging, Changing Education, Podcast, Stu Hasic, Web 2.0.
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The Internet is not what it used to be. Web 2.0 – or the Read/Write Web has changed everything – and your students love it! The social aspects of Web 2.0 with sitesI Love Blogging! like Facebook, MySpace and Bebo are so engaging to students that they are attracted to them like magnets. But they are so foreign to schools, teachers and education authorities, that we choose to BLOCK them at school.

This podcast focusses on the benefits of using such sites and as an introduction to the subject, also provides an insight into the ramifications that our students are often oblivious to. In under three minutes, you’ll understand why teachers and schools should be blogging. Just click the Play button below.

(Duration: 2:55)

Download this podcast to your PC or MP3 player.  Any feedback or questions on this podcast? Just add them to the comments section.