Monthly Archives: August 2012

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Cross-Posting Audio Podcasts & Phonecasts from Cinch to iPadio

Category : Tips

From time to time, a useful media sharing website closes its doors to users. That was the case with, a free phonecasting service used by the instructor whose classes I studied for my dissertation. has been one of my favorite “no-edit podcasting” as well as phonecasting services, and this past week I was saddened to learn they are discontinuing their service.

Dear Cinch.FM users, It is with great sadness that I announce that we are shutting down the Cinch.FM service. While we continue to believe that easily creating audio content has an important place in the digital world, we just do not have the engineering and product resources to maintain the service while continuing to invest in our main property, BlogTalkRadio. We’d like to make the transition off of Cinch.FM as smooth as possible for you by providing the steps necessary for preserving your content. Effective August 20th, 2012, no new accounts can be created on Cinch.FM and for those of you with an existing Cinch.FM account, you will no longer be able to create new audio recordings. Your existing content will remain online and available until October 20, 2012 – two months from the shut down date. Cinch.FM players that have been published on your blog or any other website will continue to function until that date. In addition, the RSS feed for your account will remain available for the same period. If you would like to save any of your recordings, please log in to the Cinch.FM web site immediately and download your audio content. To download your content, you may login here. If you have a large volume of content that you would like to download, we recommend that you use the RSS feeds available in your account and a podcast client. After October 20, 2012, your content will be permanently deleted, and we will not be able to retrieve it. I know that many of you actively use the Cinch.FM service, but please know that this turn of events saddens us as well and we are truly sorry. We’re incredibly thankful for our Cinch.FM community of users. Again thank you for being a Cinch.FM user. Sincerely, Bob Charish, COO Cinch.FM

In this post, I’ll describe the steps I used today to cross-post audio content I’d shared online for my school district with last spring. I cross-posted these audio files (for free) to a new channel I created on iPadio not only supports phonecasting and app-based audio podcasting, but also uploading of audio files up to 100 MB in size.

Step 1 is to click the RSS / feed icon on the channel which you want to download and cross-post.

Copy RSS Feed

After clicking the RSS / feed icon, click on the iTunes link. If you have iTunes installed on your computer, this will create a new subscription to that channel’s RSS feed.

Add RSS feed to iTunes

Step 3 is to click GET ALL for the podcast episodes in your Cinch channel. This will download all the mp3 audio files locally to your computer in iTunes.

Download All Podcast Episodes

Next, adjust and move the windows on your computer so you can drag the downloaded audio files from iTunes into a new folder.

Drag Downloaded Podcasts to a Folder on Your Computer

Step 5 is to create a new post (called a “phlog” for phone blog post) on your free iPadio channel. (Create an iPadio account first if you have not already.) Enter desired information for the episode first.

Create a new "phlog"

At the bottom of the post, click to select and upload the audio file for that episode. Uploading begins after you click SUBMIT at the bottom of the page.

Upload Audio File to iPadio

When you setup your iPadio channel, consider turning OFF comments. You can embed episodes on your classroom blog or other website where you can moderate comments, but comment moderation on iPadio isn’t possible. It’s better to turn OFF comments on iPadio and moderate comments on another website where you embed episodes, IMHO, rather than permit unmoderated comments directly on the iPadio website. Thankfully (unlike YouTube uploads) you can turn off comments for ALL episodes on your iPadio channel and don’t have to make this selection with each individual “phlog.”

iPadio Channel Comments Turned Off

After your episodes are cross-posted, you can embed them directly on your website posts.

Audio recordings cross-posted & embedded with iPadio

This is the January 2012 “learning showcase” blog post for our distort which included Cinch recordings, which I updated today with cross-posted audio from iPadio.

Do you have other websites and platforms you prefer over iPadio for cross-posting audio from Cinch?

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12 Graphics to Illustrate Mapping Media to the Curriculum

Category : Tips

This evening I spent several hours drawing on my iPad using the wonderful app, Brushes. Since I do NOT consider myself to be much of an artist, digital or otherwise, this was an unusual activity for me. I need twelve different graphics which can serve as icons for my continuing eBook and website project, “Mapping Media to the Curriculum.” (I’m still trying to decide if I’ll call this “Mapping Media to the Common Core” or stay with “Curriculum.” Instead of a text-dominated index of the twelve different media projects I’m highlighting in this project, I want to have a visual version which I can utilize in a website, a mobile app, and in a forthcoming eBook. Here’s what I came up with tonight. I had initially offered the challenge (and opportunity to make money) of drawing these to the now-8 year old illustrator of “Playing with Media,” but I think she was overwhelmed by such a long list. (Plus school started today for OKCPS.) This is now on the homepage of What Do You Want to Create Today? Mapping Media to the Curriculum After drawing these with a Rocketfish stylus (my favorite of the 4 or 5 iPad styluses I’ve tried to date) I cropped the images on my iPad using the Skitch app, and uploaded them to Flickr using PhotoSync. While I have never felt my drawing skills are very strong or good, I’ve absolutely LOVED the game Pictionary since college. (We used to play it on speech/debate tournaments.) I love Pictionary because I find it artistically freeing: The goal of the game isn’t to create great artwork, it’s to communicate. I adapted that same ethic of attempting effective communication (even if the pictures look like they were created by a 1st grader) in this picture series. I definitely think if there’s a possible masterpiece here, it’s the drawing for “Puppet Video.” (NOT!) I’m thinking at some point in the not too distant future, I’m going to put a project out for bid on a site like for a freelancer to create badges I can utilize for an accompanying Mozilla Badge Project option for “Mapping Media to the Curriculum.” Until then, I’ll be using these images. If anything, I hope by creating and sharing these amateurish drawings I’m following my own advice in “playing with media!” I definitely had fun learning more about ways to use the Brushes iPad app! Mapping Media 2 the Curriculum / Common Core Blog E-Book Podcast 5 Photo Story Concept Map Photo 180 Project Narrated Slideshow Screencast Puppet Video Quick Edit Video Geo Map Project Scratch Project Please keep in mind “Mapping Media to the Curriculum / Common Core” is an ongoing / evolving project and isn’t finished by any means. I still have several of these media project pages to develop, and I’m eventually going to add more media to each one including accompanying tutorial videos. I do hope to have a fully functional version of this site ready by the end of the month, when I’ll again be working for Yukon Public Schools (in Oklahoma) as an “innovative instructional coach for Common Core.” I’m thinking we can redefine “digital literacy” (or follow the example of David Warlick and just say “literacy”) by focusing on these specific, twelve media project options in schools. A literate learner today should be able to create many of these and share them both safely and effectively online with others. A VERY literate learner can create and effectively share all twelve. What am I missing from my list that should be included?

  1. Blog
  2. eBook
  3. Podcast
  4. 5 Photo Story
  5. Concept Map
  6. Photo 180 Project
  7. Narrated Slideshow
  8. Screencast
  9. Puppet Video
  10. Quick Edit Video
  11. Geo Map Project
  12. Scratch Project

The main one I’m wondering if I should include is a true “digital story.” I don’t really want 13 options, however, twelve seems like a better number. Maybe I should eliminate something, like the “Concept Map?” I’d love to hear your thoughts. I did have some image inspiration for the first three drawings I created this evening. 1 Mapping Media 2 Blog 3 eBook Mapping Media 2 the Curriculum / Common Core

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