Robert Diem - What is Podcasting?
Robert Diem—one of Japan’s pioneer podcasters—gave a presentation on what podcasting is, potential uses for podcasting, and how we could release the podcaster within. Podcasting, a portmanteaux of the words i-pod and broadcasting, is audio material (radio shows) on the internet, that can be subscribed to, and downloaded onto MP3 player. The podcast can then be accessed by listeners individually at time and place that is convenient. Diem showed numerous examples of the ways that podcasting is currently being used, with an emphasis on how it is being used in TESOL. He introduced and explored with the audience ways the vast array of potential uses of podcasting and the way it is likely to evolve. Using analogies Diem explained the mechanics behind podcasting and took the audience through the steps that are necessary for making ones own podcast: in the same way that anyone with an internet connection can set up a blog, anyone with an internet connection and a microphone can become a podcaster, making their own radio show, or radio blog.