Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Create your own NASA podcast

I'm always impressed by the creativity of NASA's outreach activities, and I just got an e-mail on their NASA Education EXPRESS mailing list about their latest education initiative... Dan Tani (who has Irish links) is one of the astronauts who has taken part by filming videos that anyone can use to create their own "mash up" videos...

NASA Education is excited to introduce the Do-It-Yourself Podcast activity in the For Educators section of NASA.gov. Students can preview and download audio and video clips of astronauts performing work in space and on the ground. They can then use these clips to build their own podcast or similar audio/video project.

Learning modules on the DIY Podcast page will be categorized by topic to assist students with creating projects about a subject of interest.

Each subject module includes video and audio clips, images, helpful information and links to related resources. A variety of audio and video clips will be provided to enhance flexibility and creativity. Students can create video or audio projects using free or inexpensive software on Windows or Macintosh computers.

Educators and their students are encouraged to distribute their NASA projects through podcasts, social networks, Web sites, CDs, DVDs or other channels that they may choose.

The Do-It-Yourself Podcast Blog will keep users posted on the latest updates. Tips and suggestions for incorporating the DIY Podcast into the classroom and updates on when new topic modules are available will be posted regularly. Use the Comments feature of the blog to share ideas and experiences with other teachers and students.

To learn more and to start making podcasts, visit http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/diypodcast/index.html .

For answers to questions about this activity, please contact Deana Nunley at Deana.Nunley@nasa.gov.

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