"Pad" Casting

As educators, we've always loved the podcast.  Some of us love listening to them, others enjoy producing them, sharing their ideas.  Some like using them as a tool for assessment in the classroom.  What a way to motivate students to write and produce an explanation, helping you as an educator better understand their thought processes?

Here are some ideas and tools to use to create "pad" casts and capture learning as it happens!

Planning tools:

Before we can create a video of any kind, we have to know what we're talking about.  We have to have content.  We have to know something.  Perhaps it's answering the question, "Is Andrew Jackson a Hero or Scoundrel?" or maybe it's footage of a science experiment gone (safely) wrong.

We need to know what we want to say.  We need to write it down.  We need to rehearse it. (But we're not going to record it just yet)

(Note: If you plan to read a script a second iPad comes in very handy…one to record and one to be the teleprompter.)

Building a story board allows you to visually see where everything should go.  Comic Life works nicely here, supporting the images in the camera roll.

What images go with what you want to say? Do you already have them?  Make a shot list of what you need. (Hint: Use a table in Keynote or Pages)


Gather all the materials you need.  Images, video, props, audio.  If you're gathering any materials you didn't personally create, you need to gather the location you found them.

If your materials are scattered over different devices, now is the time to get them onto the iPad you plan to build your pad cast on…and be sure the storyboard is on the OTHER iPad =)

Use Explain Everything if you need to screencast a white board explanation.  Explain everything will save it to your camera roll, allowing you to retrieve it in iMovie to finish editing.


Building should be a breeze now that you have a plan, you have what you need, and are able to focus on creating a quality padcast.

Once you've started to put your video and images into iMovie in the order that's indicated on your storyboard, you can add your rehearsed audio in chunks.  Don't forget some background music when appropriate!

Don't forget to add introductory titles and a credits page at the end where we thank those who's work we have shared.




Coming Soon!