Podcasting in schools can be great fun and can be a great way of promoting creativity, sharing learning, and motivating (script) writing – not to mention the confidence it can give pupils in being able to articulate themselves prudently.
One of the main problems with podcasting, to us, has been the time it can take to edit and finalise the project ready for ‘broadcast’. This is where BossJock Studio for iPad comes into its own as the app allows to recording the voice while triggering intros/outros, bumpers and background music using a ‘cart’ system where audio files are stored ready for use. Adding carts is simple, and can be filled via the Music Library or Dropbox. Advanced use also allows receiving live audio from other Audiobus-compatible apps for even greater integration (articles continues below image).
Saving the final project is simple enough with the option of encoding to main formats – Mp3, m4a, Wav, Aiff with image and description metadata. Once saved, projects can be exported to FTP for Podcasters, Email for Audioboo via BooMail, Dropbox, Soundcloud, Wifi, iTunes Share, and AudioCopy to other apps.
The app has a certain ‘radio station’ feel about it and the simplicity of Bossjock Studio is key. If you are wanting to enhance the sound quality of your podcasting, see this article written by Leon Cych in the February 2014 edition of UKEdMagazine.
Sometimes you have to pay for quality apps, with the £6.99* price tag of Bossjock for iPad sounding steep, however we think it is worthy of serious consideration to those who want to incorporate podcasting into their teaching and learning. Find out more by clicking the Apple App Store below:
*Price correct at time of publication.