This presentation is an excellent first introduction to podcasting. And while the making of a podcast is shown at the end of the session, participants do not sit in front of a computer to actually make a podcast. Rather, this presentation provides a fairly comprehensive overview of what a podcast is, the types of podcasts, the tools that are available (for Windows, Macs, and online) to create podcasts, and the hardware that is typically used in the creation process. Dr. Tyson also presents information about syndicating the podcast series through RSS and how to leverage the iTunes Store (Windows and Macs) for your class or school's podcasts. (This portion of the presentation can be scaled to match the technical expertise of the attendees.) A generous number of short examples are shown to illustrate how effective this technology can be as a communication and a learning tool in the school environment. This is a must-see presentation for teachers and administrators.
The workshop, Making Your First Podcast, is an excellent follow-up session in which Dr. Tyson guides participants through the making of their first podcast in a hands-on class.