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14 Nov 2009

Frequently Asked Questions

Who are these podcasts aimed at? What's your "target audience?"

These podcasts are primarily for teachers who are interested in incorporating technology into their classroom. That can happen on a lot of different levels, obviously, so we'll be wandering around a bit: one moment we'll be talking about why all teachers should have a webpage, and the next we'll be talking about push- versus pull-technologies and network security. Ultimately, we hope that anyone who wants to know more about the use of computers in the classroom will find something appealing.

I thought you guys were real teachers. How can you possibly have time to create a podcast?

Yeah, we were kind of wondering the same thing ourselves...

What exactly is a podcast, anyway? How does this thing work?<

There are pretty much four ways that you can access and listen to most podcasts.

  • Listen online with your browser
    Technically, this doesn't count as a podcast, but who cares?! Just navigate to the URL address of the file you want to listen to, and your browser--Firefox, Mozilla, Safari, etc.--will play the mp3 for you, right there on your computer.
  • Subscribe to an RSS feed
    RSS Readers, and some browsers, allow you to subscribe to an RSS feed on the website: when a new podcast is posted on the website, your RSS reader or browser will inform you of that fact, and you can go listen to it on your computer. More information on various RSS readers for Macs and PCs can be found by Googling "RSS".
  • Subscribe to the podcast in iTunes
    Apple's iTunes allows for users to search for podcasts by name, and to subscribe to them from within the iTunes application. If you click on the Subscribe button for any podcast from within iTunes, it will search for current available podcasts and automatically download additional podcasts for you in the future. When you're done listening to the podcasts, you can delete them from iTunes, and of course you can unsubscribe from a podcast at any time, should you decide that you're no longer interested.
  • Listen on an iPod or other MP3 player
    If you've got an iPod, you can use iTunes to transfer your subscribed podcasts to your player, piece o' cake. If you have any other MP3 player, just control-click on the podcast link in your browser to download the MP3 file onto your computer, then copy it to your player.
Happy listening!

Which do you like better, Macs or PCs?

What is that, a trick question? Apple's OS X and Microsoft's Windows are strikingly similar these days, and both are strong platforms that will allow you to do amazing things, at home and on the Internet. Windows does seem to have a few more vulnerabilities on the network--no spyware, worms, or viruses have appeared in OS X yet--but it's strictly a personal choice. (Besides, everyone knows the hardcore geeks are using Linux!)

Who did that cool graphic logo for you?

Our good friend Thomas Dale created that for us at 3am one morning. We need to take that guy out to dinner or something.

Where is the podcast's theme song from?

Richard slapped together the theme song in Garage Band, using canned drum and synth loops and a bass line played on the computer keyboard.

What sort of tools do you guys use, hardware and software?

Richard: "I'm currently running Mac OS 10.5 on a 15-inch MacBook Pro with 4G of RAM and a 160G hard drive. Most used software includes Bare Bones's Text Wrangler, Panic's Transmit, Safari & Firefox browsers, Apple's Mail.app client, and Microsoft's Office suite. In the classroom, I run most of my lectures using Powerpoint projected onto the whiteboard with a 3000 Lumen Sharp LCD projector."

Aaron: "I run OS 10.5 on a 17" MacBook Pro with 2G of RAM and a 100G hard drive. My most used software includes Blizzard's World of Warcraft, The Code Monkey's SubEthaEdit, Apple's Safari and Mail, and Microsoft's Office suite. In the classroom I use powerpoint to give my lectures using a 1600 lumen BenQ DX650 DLP projector, projecting on a whiteboard. Additionally I use a wireless mic and Rouge Amoeba's Audio Hijack Pro to record the lecture on my laptop, capture my whiteboard writing using Virtual Ink's Mimio capture system, and finally I collect student response results using the H-ITT system."