Garageband is an amazing free app that comes with your Mac. It allows you to create music using loops and plugin instruments as well as recording real instruments. This is great for inspiring creativity in students as it removes the need to master an instrument before composing music.
Besides the uses for music, Garageband is great for creating Podcasts. This is awesome as you don't need any other software or hardware, it's all done by Garageband and your Mac! To get started, open Garageband.
You'll see this screen:
Select Podcast and you'll be asked to name the project in this screen:
After hitting 'Create', you'll be presented with this screen:
There looks like a lot to do here, but don't worry about it. If you're not bothered by artwork in your Podcast, leave the 'Podcast Track' empty, and if you're not using music, then you can leave the 'Jingles Track' empty too.
The transport bar, shown below, has the same controls as a DVD Player, Cassette Deck or CD Player.
Select the 'Male Voice' track, then hit the record button on the transport bar. Then start Podcasting!
After recording, you can change presets in Garageband to make your recordings sound better:
By selecting the track in the left hand column, the right hand panel displays two tabs: 'Real Instrument' and 'Master Track'. Select Podcasting as the category and then choose one of the presets in the right hand column. Listen back, your podcast will sound cleaner and punchier - probably!
The last thing you need to do is export you podcast. Garage band give you two options to do this, 'Export Podcast to iTunes' or 'Export Podcast to Disk'. I prefer to export to disk as it gives me more options for where to store the Podcast.
When you choose 'Export Podcast to Disk' you will have this box appear. In the top dropdown box, I stick with MP3 encoders as MP3s are more universal than Apple's AAC format. The second dropdown box is the settings for quality. 'Spoken Podcast' is a good quality to stick with for beginners. Higher quality files take up more space.
Lastly you'll have this box appear asking you to name the podcast and choose where to save it too.
You may have a box appear informing you about enhanced Podcasts and artwork. Just click continue on that one!
Then you have an MP3 that you can share online or with other member of the school. Have fun! :)
I'm passionate about Music, Music Technology, EdTech and Education. I started off my career as a musician and sound engineer then quickly progressed into teaching.