Hunter’s Bar Junior School now has the opportunity to join the very few schools experimenting with podcasting, bringing yet another dimension to communication with home, other schools and the wider world.
While we were already able to present audio and video files on the weblog, new services provided by our hosting service mean any such files loaded here are automatically presented to Apple’s iTunes podcasting directory.
Read on for more details:
As well as buying music through the iTunes service, people can subscribe to podcasts. These are like radio programmes, recorded by huge media outlets like the BBC, enthusiasts working on their own, or anything in between. Unlike radio programmes, podcasts aren’t scheduled for broadcast at a particular time. And they’re not restricted to sound.
If you have version 4.9 of iTunes, search for Hunter’s Bar Junior in the Podcast section of the iTunes Music Store. Click on the Subscribe button to add it to a list of podcasts that will be checked periodically (if iTunes is running). You can set your preferences to download the latest, or all episodes available, and even download them automatically to an iPod (if you have one) next time it’s synchronised (hence ‘pod-cast’).
You can also listen to, or watch, HBJ podcasts within iTunes, just as you can directly from the HBJ blog in your browser. The advantage with iTunes is that it checks for new podcasts for you, and can automate the process of loading them onto an iPod, so that podcasts just turn up without you having to intervene.
A list of more podcast software is available here.
And here's the link to a video file that should turn up in the Hunter's Bar Junior podcast as podcast number 2! (Not playable on iPod. Yet!)