It seems that every time you turn around these days someone’s encouraging you to complete a DIY project. Why pay for someone else to do it when you can do it yourself? Apparently, NASA has the same attitude on its website on Do-It-Yourself Podcasts.
Essentially, this website is a hub for high-quality, NASA-created video clips, audio files, and still images that you or your students can download to mash up with your own files to create a finished podcast (or vodcast). The topics NASA offers for download are not all-inclusive; currently you can download media about lab safety, Newton’s Laws, sport science, and spacesuits. Once downloaded, you can use various editing software programs (such as Animoto, which we blog about here, or the video editing software already on your computer such as Windows Movie Maker) to create your podcast. Once the podcast is complete, NASA gives you permission to publish it in any way you want. It could be a neat showcase of student work on a class or school website.
If you’re a teacher and you think this is a great idea but don’t really know where to start, the website also offers a DIY Podcasting Blog. The blog has some pre-posted ideas about how to use the website to make podcasts and videos in your classroom and it encourages teachers to share how they’ve used the site in their own classrooms via comments (also, here is a post we did on producing videos in the classroom). Overall, NASA seems to offer a great way to get started with podcasting using some very high-quality multimedia resources. So get your students out there DIY-ing some podcasts and vodcasts. -REBECCAH HAINES