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Mrs. B's Week of BookTalking Podcasting with PowerPoint and Garage Band

(A continual revision)

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  • Read Book
  • Create script
  • Recommendation1: As an alternative to book covers take apicture of each student holding his or her book. (I researched the legality of using book cover images that are found in our OPACs and Amazon and found out there is a debate over the copyrights of such book cover images.) These student images could then be placed on a wiki page or in a shared Google Docs file for easy "click&drag" student retrieval. Students who do not have signed RUPs for photos could take a photo of the book lying on a table or other such placement.
  • Recommendation2: Encourage students to create their own images. This cuts down on lengthy bibliographic citation time.
  • But if students still want to use pictures found on the Internet....Introduce students to "Creative Commons" and tell students that images taken from Internet MUST BE acceptable to modify and remix. See CMSMediaSpot Graphics Resources webpage for more information on this including acceptable search tools. These students should be required to have all web images cited before first day in library to work on podcast. (Centerville Middle School subscribes to NoodleBib.)
  • Students who take their own images with digital cameras, make their own images digitally, or draw&scan will not have to cite images. These students must find a way to transfer their created images between home and school. Some of our students emailed photos to the Reading teacher, others used Moodle, and others brought in their cells phones and cameras. (Remind students bringing in cameras to also bring their camera's USB cord.) Students and teachers could also use Google Apps to transfer images. Hempfield has Google Apps for Educators and each student in the school has an account.


  • Direct students to create a "Collection Folder" on the desktop. Before leaving each day students should make sure any miscellaneous files are put away in this folder.
  • Introduce basics of PowerPoint. Students should create the slides in PowerPoint in the order they want them to appear in the Podcast. Make sure each slide retains a 1 to 1 1/2 inch margin around the slide. Suggest solid color background on each slide. (Our reading teacher had 5 slides including one for the book cover image plus one for the Works Cited/Credit Page making a total of 6 images.)
  • The follow PowerPoint files have been set up to save time and enhance placement of image and text in podcast presentation. There are only three slides in each file. The first slide has only a picture entry box. The second slide has only a text entry box. The third slide has both an picture entry box and a text entry box. Students will have to be taught how to enter images and Microsoft ClipArt (both in standard and online) and enter text. Students will also have to be taught how to copy, move, and delete slides. I would also include instruction on how to view the "Formatting Pallet" and enlarging of text.
  • Students should limit words on pages to ONLY a few words. Ten words is probably too much. Reminder: Podcasting focus is on the Audio not the Visual. The visual aspect in Garage Band can be considered a bonus. If visual is the focus it is recommended that this be done in iMovie.


  • Direct students who used web images to create a PNG (Command/Apple +Shift +4) of their Works Cited page and add to last slide. I would suggest also a slide with a line of reference to Microsoft for clip art for all students who used Microsoft ClipArt. Students that used ONLY their own created images should just have a blank slide at the end.
  • Have students complete PowerPoint.
  • Toward end of period demo and direct students on saving their PowerPoint slides in JPEG format. These JPEGs will automatically be saved with "Slide1", "Slide 2" titles unless students have given them alternative titles.


  • Introduce and demo Audio recording in Garage Band.
  • Introduce and demo dragging PowerPoint slide images in and how to match slide with audio track in Garage Band.
  • Recommendation: Add audio, then add and match image to this audio, and then repeat until all slides are done.
  • Remind students to "Save" often!!


  • Allow time for students to record audio and drag in images.
  • Demo how to view presentations and allow time for refinement.
  • Students should be able to complete this process by end of period.


  • Demo how to add Jingles and adjust volume.
  • Allow short work time to finish podcast and include Jingle time permitting.
  • Before end of period:
  • Demo "Sharing" podcast with iTunes.
  • Demo creating MP4 of podcast.
  • Direct students to upload MP4 to assignment drop box in Moodle.
  • Time permitting show a sampling of student projects.


  • Since QuickTime is a more universal format than MP4, teachers may wish to view MP4s using QuickTime Pro and then save file in QuickTime format.

Step by Step Instructions (Coming Soon)

  • How to create a PNG image file of anything on your computer. (Including a typed or NoodleBib Works Cited page).
  • Finding images you can legally modify, adapt, or remix.
  • Uploading and Downloading files in Moodle.
  • Creating podcast slides in PowerPoint.
  • Creating solid color backgrounds in PowerPoint.
  • Saving PowerPoint slides in JPEG format to desktop of computer.
  • Recording an Audio Track in Garage Band.
  • Adding and adjusting images in Garage Band.
  • Viewing podcast in Garage Band.
  • Adding Jingles to podcasts in Garage Band.
  • Transferring podcasts from Garage Band to iTunes.
  • Creating an MP4 file from a podcast in iTunes.
  • Saving MP4 files in QuickTime format.

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