Okay, so if you were following directions yesterday, you should have an audio file converted to an iPod file (either m4a or m4v) and you are now ready to publish your exciting podcast. Know that you have several options.
First, if you don’t have the resources, you might want to simply upload it to a free video hosting service. Don’t let the video aspect of the hosting service confuse you . . . you can upload audio podcast files as well as video. Handy, isn’t it?
I really like blip.tv for uploading media files (although my 15-year-old son swears by YouTube.) So, go to blip.tv and create an account. Then upload your m4a file to your bliptv account. After uploading it, click it to view the link. Copy and paste the link to a blog you created. (I like this blog I’m using, wordpress.com, but blogger.com is very good too.) Paste your link to your blog, as I have done here: http://boisebarbara.blip.tv/file/372333
You will notice that when you click the above link, it opens in the blipTV interface. BlipTV also provides code that will include the player right in your blog posting window, like you see below:
However, if you want your podcast link to open up in iTunes, (which is awfully nice), you will need to put it on a server that does not provide an automatic link, such as your department’s web space. Just use any ftp client program (I like FileZilla), and transfer your m4a file. Then, use that link as the link to your podcast. If you click this link below, you’ll see what I mean:
(I put this in my podcast folder on my edtech2.boisestate.edu/bschroeder web folder.)
When the podcast opens in iTunes, then your students can simply subscribe to it that way. (There are multiple ways for users to subscribe to your podcast blog (or should I call it blogcast?), but experiment with it and see what works for you. Then, provide those instructions to your students.)
THE NEAT THING about using a blog in conjunction with your podcast is that others can respond to your podcast and you can write some content/summary about it. You can also include images to enhance your posting and add meaning. And, of course, blogs are FEED ENABLED, which means your users (students) can subscribe to the blog. If the theme you are using in your blog does not have that little orange feed icon on it, either try another theme or add it to your blog. I would highly advise watching the series of video tutorials that really explains how to use blogger.com to deliver your podcasts.
Try this out and let me know how I can improve/change these instructions. This is a work in progress.