In the last post, "Should Teachers Become Podcasters to Reach Out to Digital Natives?" we looked at how schools and teachers can use the power of podcasts to strengthen student learning. In this post, we will go over the steps to create your first podcast.
Creating a podcast involves several steps, from planning and recording to editing and publishing. Here's a general overview of the process:
Define Your Podcast Topic and Audience
Decide on the focus and purpose of your podcast. What will your podcast be about? Who is your target audience? Clarifying your topic and audience will help you shape your content and determine your approach.
Although it is always desirable to create a Podcast for "everyone", but it is also very difficult to find content that everyone finds interesting. If your audience is narrow, you can identify their common interests easily and then create suitable content. Having said that, a narrow audience is not always a necessity to create a successful podcast. For example, if you want to create a podcast on "Communication Skills", you can target students in clas 6 - 12 easily.
The purpose of the Podcast should be well-defined. A school may want to map the purpose to one of the 5 aims of education highlighted in the draft NCF 2023 as:
Rational Thought and Autonomy
Health and Well-being
Democratic Participation (Associated Living as defined by Constitution)
Economic Participation (Vocational Education)
Cultural and Social Participation (Rootedness and pride in India)
The purpose of teachers may be different and closely related to the subject they teach.
Plan Your Episodes
The chance of success of your podcast increases if you plan it well.
First, outline the structure and content of your episodes. This will tell you how many episodes your podcast has, the duration of each episode, and the content that you will cover in each episode. For the first podcast, be conservative. Thus, you may plan for 8-10 episodes of 30 minutes each. Subsequently, you can plan podcasts with more and longer episodes.
Decide on the format, and style of your podcast. Is it a monologue or an interview? Will you have colleagues, students, parents, or experts as guests?
Then, you need to create the scripts for each episode in your podcast. This is very important last step of planning.
Acquire the Right Equipment
For the first podcast, it is better to be conservative here too. Although, the equipment and software are not expensive you may want to invest in it after you are comfortable with creating podcasts.
To begin you can use the microphone of your mobile phone.
Eventually, you'll need basic recording equipment, such as a quality microphone and headphones, and a recording device or software.
Record Your Episodes
Find a quiet location for recording and start recording your episodes according to your plan. Speak clearly and at a moderate pace, and be mindful of background noise. Even though you may be using a script or an outline to guide your recording, allow for natural conversation.
Edit Your Episodes
Once you've recorded your episodes, you'll need to edit them to polish the content and improve the overall quality. Use audio editing software to trim out mistakes, background noise, or awkward pauses. Add in any music, sound effects, or other elements you want to include.
Create Podcast Artwork
Design a visually appealing cover art for your podcast. This will serve as the thumbnail or logo for your podcast on podcast directories and platforms. It should visually represent your podcast and attract potential listeners.
Choose a Podcast Hosting and Publishing Platform
You need a podcast hosting platform to upload and store your podcast episodes. Anchor and Spotify are good free platforms that can allow you to record, edit, add background music, and create artwork for free. And, you can easily use these from your smartphones.
Remember to be consistent with your publishing schedule and continuously improve your content and production quality based on listener feedback. Creating a podcast requires time, effort, and patience, but with dedication and passion, you can create a successful podcast that resonates with your target audience.
If you have any queries, please post them in the comments below.
Best of Luck. We look forward to hearing the first episode of your Podcast.