This afternoon, while the sleet and snow are competing for air time outside, I’m enjoying the luxury of exploring some podcast software in the warm indoors. With the rumbling thunder outside and the pinging of sleet against the windows, it’s looking more and more like a snow/sleet day tomorrow. I’m not thrilled about the prospect of classes spilling into June, but it is what it is. We hadn’t had a single snow day the previous two years.
Podcasting wasn’t even on my radar screen until a few weeks ago. The OKSci Leadership work group I’m on is designing a web site for Oklahoma science educators, and I’m part of the group coordinating blog and podcast posts. Never mind that I’ve never done a podcast. But there’s nothing like an impending assignment to motivate me toward developing a new skill.
Here’s what I’ve got so far: I downloaded Pamela, a free client that records audio from Skype calls. I also downloaded Audacity, a free application that edits audio files and converts them to a form that can be uploaded to iTunes. I already had the Skype account, but I purchased credit to be able to call mobile and landlines from it. The quality of Skype computer-to-computer calls has been undependable and noisy, in my experience. With my headset mike, however, I can use Skype to call a cell number and get a clear connection for recording.
What I have yet to figure out is the editing of the mp3 files, and I am scheduled for an Audacity class at the 8th floor technology consortium here tomorrow night. If they don’t cancel because of the weather, that is. Hopefully, I’ll be able to post some podcasts here in the near future, once I get it all figured out. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for improving weather conditions and successful tinkering with podcast software.