#TechTipThursday: PodBean

Podcasts have been available for several years but are becoming increasingly popular in educational settings. Instead of listening to the same few songs on the radio you can enjoy a podcast for entertainment or to gain new knowledge on a plethora of topics. PodBean not only provides a platform for you to listen to your favorite podcasts, it also simplifies the steps required for you to create your own. This post will focus on using the PodBean app on Apple devices, but it can be downloaded on Android devices. To begin you will need to download the app on your device and then the podcasting possibilities are yours!

The app will first prompt you to sign in. On this screen you can choose if you want to authenticate through an existing Facebook or Google account, or sign up with an email address.

Once you are signed in you can select different topics. PodBean will make suggestions on the next screen based on the choices you select on the screen below. Don’t worry, you are not limited to these options; the app allows you to search for various podcasts. 

In addition to seeing popular podcasts, you will notice four option icons at the top of your screen (refer to the red rectangle below). Each option icon’s description precedes its screenshot, below The first icon, appearing in black, is where you see popular podcasts and recommendations. 

The second icon is where you can find a list of episodes that you have downloaded, “liked”, or added to a playlist; this screen also gives you the option to search for podcasts. 

The third option icon is the app’s search tool that you will use to search available podcasts, specific episodes, or keywords. 

Tap on the person/avatar icon, on the far right-hand side, to start having fun; this is where you can become famous! PodBean allows you to create a 90-minute podcast right from your phone or tablet using the red microphone on the screen below.

After clicking on the microphone you can begin to record. You will notice that PodBean gives you the option to add music to your podcast. Don’t like what’s there? No problem! You can import you own audio using the three dots located in the top right of the screen (highlighted in blue, below). 

While recording, you can tap on the red microphone to pause the recording; this is also used when ending a recording. At the bottom of your screen you will notice the four options highlighted in red. This is where you can play, re-record, edit, and save your recording. Once you tap on the option to save, a box will pop up that allows you to rename your recording; it will default to the date and time the session was recorded. 

Your recordings will automatically save to the “My Drafts” folder located in your settings. Tap on the desired draft’s title to add a description and you are ready to publish. 

If you’re new to the world of podcasts, PodBean makes the process easy and convenient. If you would like to learn more about podcasting and how it can enhance the academic environment, stop by the Digital Education Collaborative (136 Ruffner Hall) or contact us directly if you have questions or issue duplicating the steps outlined in this post.

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