Welcome to the second thing in 12 Things SWKLS 2019 This month we’re going to be learning about podcasts. Podcasts are basically digital audio files that can be downloaded and listening to on a smartphone, tablet, or computer. The word podcast comes from the words iPod (a personal music player manufactured by Apple) and broadcast. In most cases, podcasts are part of a series with new episodes being released daily, weekly, monthly, or whenever the podcaster makes new episodes available. These can be subscribed to so you can an alert when a new one is available. Some of them need to be listened to in order (like Serial), but a lot of them can be listened to out of order and you can pick and choose which ones you want to listen to. People listen to podcasts when they’re traveling, cleaning, working, working out, etc.
The activities for this lesson are due March 31, 2019 at 11:59 pm central time and are worth 2 credit hours. Estimated work time: 1-2 hours.
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Exercises: (Due March 31, 2019 at 11:59 pm CDT)
Tools you will need:
- A computer with a browser.
- A tablet or other internet enabled device will also work for most of these activities.
- A valid personal email address (optional)
- Depending on which app or program you’re using to subscribe to podcasts, you may need to sign up for an account with an email address.
- Since more than likely you will be subscribing to personal podcasts on a personal device, we recommend using a personal email address.
- If you’re doing most of these activities on a work device then you can use your work email address.
- An Internet connection.
Activity 1: (10-15 min)
- Read The Beginner’s Guide to Podcasts from Wired.
- Read How to Get Started Listening to Podcasts from How-To Geek.
Activity 2: (10-15 min)
- Just like reading, your favorite podcasts are going to depend on your personal tastes. Some of the ones below may interest you and some may not. There’s a lot out there, so try not to get too overwhelmed.
- If you’d like to find podcasts for specific interests you can always do an online search for something like “best library related podcasts” or “best parenting podcasts”.
- Podcasts may also be something you don’t like at all. They’re not for everyone, and that’s ok.
- Here are a few to check out.
- Library and Book Related:
- Dewey Decibel Podcast from American Libraries Magazine.
- ComicPop Library podcast from our very own Richard Brookman where he and his crew review comic books, graphic novels, etc.
- All Booked Up a library podcast from Buffalo & Erie County Public Library. They talk about books, movies, pop culture, and oftentimes are pretty funny.
- The Librarian is In from New York Public Library. This podcast focuses on books, culture, and what to read next.
- Adventures in YA . Librarians who talk about YA books.
- Book Riot a variety of podcasts about different types of books and book topics.
- More can be found on 18 Excellent Podcasts for Librarians
- Personal Growth Podcasts:
- Just for fun/entertainment:
- Library and Book Related:
Activity 3: (15-60 min)
- Subscribe to at least one podcast and listen to at least one podcast. Directions and options are below.
- For beginners or those without devices: You can just pull up the podcasts up above on a computer by going to each podcast’s website. Listening directly to them on their websites is fine, but you can also subscribe to them which will alert you when a new podcast is posted. Subscribing is optional.
- If you’re more of an advanced user, but new to podcasts follow the directions below.
- If you’re new to Podcasts and have a smartphone or tablet available, use your phone or tablet’s built-in podcast manager to find and subscribe to at least one podcast that interests you. Then listen to one. This will help you decide if this is something you can want to do regularly. If you end up being a regular Podcast listener, I would recommend upgrading to Pocket Casts ($4), Spotify (Free), or Overcast (Apple only. Free or premium for $10).
- For Android devices use Play Music. You can find this under Google Play or as an app on it’s own called Play Music. You’ll see a podcasts button under menu. (Note: if you get a popup asking if you want to subscribe to a streaming music subscription, click on No Thanks)
- Inside of the Podcasts section in Play Music you can search for and subscribe to Podcasts. Play Music seems to have a limited amount of podcasts available, so if you’re trying to find one and can’t it’s probably them and not you.
- Note: Google also has a service called Google Podcasts which is a bit better than Play Music. You can add this through Android’s Play Store.
- For Apple devices (iPads and iPhones), use Apple’s built-in app called Podcast.
- To subscribe to a podcast, tap Subscribe on the page for that podcast.
- To play a podcast, tap on any episode.
- To download an episode, tap the iCloud icon in the episode list.
- You can manage your subscriptions and play podcast episodes in My Podcasts.
- If you’ve listened to podcasts before, try an app such as
Pocket Casts ($4), Spotify (Free), or Overcast (Apple only. Free or premium for $10).
- Subscribe to a new podcast.
- Listen to a podcast
- Manage your podcasts inside of the app.
- A lot of these apps, also have in-browser options so you can listen and manage your podcasts on your device as well as on your computer.
Activity 4: (5-10 min)
- Post a comment below answering the following:
- What you learned.
- What you like or maybe don’t like about podcasts.
- Do you see yourself listening to podcasts in the future?
- Have a favorite podcast(s)? Share it below!
- Reply to at least one other person’s comment below.
- Register for 12/2 Thing 2.