Finding and Embedding Podcasts

There are a variety of ways to find podcasts. You might discover upon visiting some of your favorite sites that the site also publishes a podcast; however, iTunes is probably the quickest way to find podcasts.

Learn about more great educational podcasts on the next page. After you have completed these three tasks, move on to module 2.

Task One

  1. Open iTunes.
  2. Open the iTunes Store.
  3. Search for a podcast in a subject area you find interesting, such as literature, chemistry, or Spanish language tutorials using the search function.
  4. Locate a podcast that looks interesting and subscribe to it.
  5. Listen to at least one full episode of the podcast.
  6. What did you notice about it? Write a review of the podcast using your favorite word processing program. You can determine what criteria to use to evaluate the podcast, but some suggestions include suitability of subject for audio, quality of audio, quality of instruction and information, and quality of entertainment. Save your evaluation. You will need it later.

Task Two

In this part of the lesson, you will learn how to add a podcast's RSS feed to your website so that your students or visitors may easily access it. If you are using Wikispaces, Blogger, or Google Sites, instructions will be provided. If you are using another site service, try searching the help section, FAQ section, or help forums to learn how to embed an RSS feed in your site. If you are unable to determine how to embed a podcast, learn how to create a podcast widget that you can embed on any website.
  1. Locate the podcast's RSS feed. If you found it in iTunes, try using a search engine to locate the podcast's website. Use the podcast title and perhaps creator or company name in your query.
  2. Copy the URL of the RSS feed.
  3. Create or edit a page or navigation area on your website.
  4. Follow your site service's instructions for embedding an RSS feed.

Embedding an RSS Feed into Wikispaceswikispacespodcast.jpg

  1. Create a new page or edit your page.
  2. Click on "Widget."
  3. Select "RSS Feed."
  4. Paste the URL in the blank provided.
  5. In the checkboxes, make sure that "Show Audio and Video" is checked.
  6. Click "Embed RSS Feed."
  7. Save your page. The audio file or files should appear as in this example:

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Embedding an RSS Feed into Blogger

  1. Log in to your blog.
  2. Click on "Design."
  3. Click on "Add a Gadget."
  4. A popup window will appear. Scroll down until you see "Feed" next to a picture of the familiar orange RSS icon.
  5. Click on the blue plus sign.
  6. Paste the feed URL in the space provided.
  7. Click "Continue."
  8. You can change your configuration, including showing dates of publication and podcast author or change the number of podcasts that will appear. Any changes you make will be previewed in this panel.
  9. Click "Save."
  10. Take a look at your blog by clicking "View." You should see the podcast links in the sidebar. Try clicking on one. The audio file should open so you can listen to it.




Embedding an RSS Feed in Google Sites

  1. Log in to your Google Site.
  2. Edit or create a new page.
  3. Select "Insert" from the file menu.
  4. Scroll down to the bottom of the list and select "More Gadgets."
  5. Using the search box, search for "podcast player."
  6. Click on "Podcast Player" and click "Select."
  7. Paste the feed URL in the top blank. You can add other podcasts if you want.
  8. Click "OK." You will see the gadget on your page.
  9. Save the page.
  10. You can play the podcast episodes by clicking the double arrow next to the podcast's title.
  11. Click on the episode you want to listen to.
  12. A small Quicktime player will appear in the gadget. Click the arrow to play the podcast.




Podcast Widget

If you are having trouble locating instructions for embedding a podcast or your site service doesn't allow it, try following these directions for creating a podcast widget that you can embed on your site. This widget will work on any website.

Task Three

Either edit the page where your widget is embedded or create a blog post. Copy and paste your evaluation of the podcast in your page or post and save it. Note: Some word processors add code that interferes with the look of your website (changes the font, prevents certain characters from displaying properly). If you find this to be the case with your site, try typing the text in the HTML editor, which will strip the formatting in the text. The HTML editor is located in different places depending on what site service you have. Google Sites will let you save your document as a Google Doc and embed it directly into your Google Site. Here's how.

Share the link to your podcast review in the table below. If you need to add rows, click on the table. Select "Row." Select "Add Row." Select "Add Below."

Podcast Evaluation
Dana Huff

Educational Podcasts

Learn about more great educational podcasts on the next page. After you have completed the three tasks, you can move on to module 2.

Module 1 | Module 2 | Module 3