The concept of podcating has been attributed to Adam Curry, a former MTV host and video jockey who used the term to describe the process of creating and publishing an audio broadcast on the Internet and then downloading the file to an MP3 or other digital audio player. Podcasts can easily be produced by anyone on just about any topic they are usually free to access and use from anywhere after they have been downloaded to a computer or player.

Wikipedia defines podcasting (also known as vodcasting) as a type of digital media consisting of an episodic series of audio radio, video, PDF, or ePub files subscribed to and downloaded through web syndication or streamed online to a computer or mobile device. The word is a neologism derived from “broadcast” and “pod” from the success of the iPod, as podcasts are often listened to on portable media players. In the context of Apple devices, the term “Podcasts” refers to the audio and video version of podcast.

Online Learning college offers a new online course -called Podcasting Basics – a good place to start if you are new to the world of educational podcasting!

FAQs for Apple podcasting fans

Open Podcasts- Free University and college podcasts  on multiple topics

Podcast 411 podcast directory

Free audio production and recording software from Audacity

Tegrity- fully automated lecture capture




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