This week in my graduate course, I was given an assignment to create a podcast. I was given the following guidance:
"Topic: "A Color" - Record a 5-10 minute audio podcast about a color. This topic is vague on purpose. Think about your content delivery since you are going to talk about something that is typically visual. A technique, popular during the golden age of radio, called "theatre of the mind" uses audio to paint a picture in the listeners head. Ultimately be creative and have fun."
Inspired by my love of podcasts with an NPR style, I decided to create something more than a reading of poetry into a microphone. This is my This American Life inspired podcast titled, Nobody Likes the Color Brown. I tried to put on my best Ira Glass for my narration.
I created the episode using Audacity on my Mac with music I downloaded from the Free Music Archive. Any time I got stuck, I went to YouTube to look for tutorials. For the phone-call interviews, I used an app called Call Recorder (I had to pay for some recording time). After creating the episode, I normalized the audio file using a program called Levelator and then posted to Sound Cloud. While it took me some work lining up the audio tracks, the entire process was relatively easy and I am very happy with the results.
The next question becomes - When I make my own podcast, do I stick with a similar style? Let me know your thoughts below on how your think I should use my creativity toward a more informative podcast.
Mattea Garcia is a passionate educator dedicated to improving instruction by utilizing technology. This blog is dedicated to reflections on educational technology tools, instructional coaching, and educational equity.