I'll admit I'm a bit of a geek. But I've had some trouble getting interested in podcasting. Late last night, though, as I was trying to work out strategies for my latest online classes, I took a tour of the Internet and discovered a site called WildVoice Studio.
The software they offer is free to download, and they also offer space on their site to upload podcasts and make them available to anyone who wants to listen to them. I've recorded two lectures for my freshman composition and literature class, and recorded them badly, but I'm learning how to use music and sound clips. I can record my presentations for my podcasts and take that MP3 file, turn on my Dragon Naturally Speaking software, play the file, and automatically "type" a lecture I've already posted. That way, my students can have an audio and text copy of my lecture.
I'm still a little new to this podcasting game, but I think, if I can get organized, I'll be able to learn what I need to know to do more professional podcasts. My English 115 class online will be my guinea pigs. I hope they don't mind.