PODCASTING MADE EASY with GARAGEBAND
Build writing and media literacy skills by creating a podcast with Garageband. In this session, you’ll follow a simple process for planning, recording, mixing, and exporting a short podcast. You can use the resources provided to design a podcasting project for your class and let your students’ voices be heard! It will be helpful if you bring headphones.
Note: Download and install Garageband AND open it one time BEFORE coming to this session.
App needed: Garageband for Mac or iPad
AGENDA AND RESOURCES
Objective: Create a news package in the form of a podcast. Include an introduction, sound bites, a conclusion, and music jingles.
CHOOSE A TOPIC AND CONDUCT INTERVIEWS
When we did this project with students, they chose a topic and angle, did research, and then interviewed people first. Students can record the interviews first in a GarageBand project then edit sound bites to include in the final podcast. If you’re using a MacBook, you could also record interviews in QuickTime and later import the clips into GarageBand.
COMPLETE THE PODCAST PLANNER
LISTEN TO EXEMPLARS
Listen to how these examples introduce the podcast with a jingle and words.
The most important thing about your podcast is the story/news/writing. This is much more important than fancy tech things in GarageBand. So…
* This planner can be modified based on the kind of podcast/project you are doing with students. We had our students plan out their podcast using this planner before creating their podcasts in Garageband. We approved their planners before they were allowed to use the iPad.
RECORD IN GARAGEBAND
EXPLORE! This is a strategy I use often with my students when we are use a new tech tool. Before I show them how to use it, I give them exploration time. Sometimes just 5 minutes. After the exploration time, we share as a class what we learned how to do.
Now let’s start recording our podcast! Using a Mac? Follow the steps below. Watch this video to see how it’s done.
- Open GarageBand and create an empty project.
- Add an audio track by clicking the microphone.
- Notice the difference between regions and tracks.
- Save your project in a place you’ll remember. (I usually save to the desktop.)
- Optional: Copy and paste your script into the Note Pad section of Garageband. (Icon in upper right corner.)
- Rename the first track.
- Record your intro, soundbite/interview, bridges, and sign off as separate tracks.
- Rename the tracks so you remember what each one is.
ADD A PODCAST JINGLE
Podcasts usually include short music jingles at the beginning and end, and sometimes in the middle. GarageBand has music loops built in that you can use for this purpose. OR, you can record your own sounds or music that add meaning to your news package!
Follow the steps below. Watch this video to see how it’s done.
- Find a jingle or song for your podcast.
- Add the jingle to a new track. (Drag Apple loop into the track area to create a new track.)
- Rename the track.
- Use the Track Automation button to control the volume of the jingle so it fades out as you start talking and fades back in when you’re done.
When you are finished with your podcast, there are numerous ways you can share it with the world. Options include:
- SoundCloud (YouTube for audio)
- YouTube (Export audio to iMovie and add an image to create a video file.)
- AirDrop to a teacher’s computer
- Other ideas?