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Week 10: Things 22-23

Welcome to week 10 of 25 Things @ Huddersfield!

22nd Thing – YouTube

Online video

YouTube is probably the biggest and most well known of the online video sites. To find out more read the entry in Wikipedia.

Go to YouTube and do some searching to see what is out there.

You’ll find everything from vintage Top of the Pops to extreme ironing (for a bizarre sock puppet take on Doctor Who and Torchwood try searching for “Randy Weasel”!).

Search YouTube and find something worth adding as an entry in your blog. Try placing the video inside your blog by copying and pasting the code in the embed box to the right of the actual video clip.

Note: Videos, like music downloads are bandwidth hogs. It is recommended that you complete this exercise either at university unless you have broadband at home.

23rd Thing – Podcasts

Podcast is a former word of the month in the Oxford Advanced Learners’ Dictionary.

Podcasts take many forms, from short 1-10 minute commentaries to much longer in person interviews or panel group discussions. There’s a podcast out there for just about every interest area and the best part about this technology is that you don’t have to have an iPod or a MP3 player to access them. Since podcasts use the MP3 file format, a popular compressed format for audio files, you really just need a PC (or portal device) with headphones or a speaker.

(Apple Ipod Generations by Brendan Wilkinson)

iTunes, the free downloadable application created by Apple, is the directory finding service most associated with podcasts, but if you don’t have iTunes installed there are still plenty of options.

Some popular podcast sites that do not require software to download are:

Take a look at some of the podcast directories out there and see if you can find a podcast that interests you. Add the RSS feed for your podcast to your blog. Create a blog post about the process; is there anything useful out there?

Optional extra

If you’re ambitious, why not try out the Gabcast service and add audio post about your experience to your blog.



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