Recently I posted about putting PowerPoint slides on Cell phones (see Doug Belshaw's blog, he created a wonderful tutorial). Since then I have been "playing" with the idea and have developed a way to create PowerPoint Enhanced Podcast movies for cell phones. So an enhanced podcast includes images along with narration. The history site on Colonial Williamsburg is a great example of an enhanced podcast. There are some great benefits to being able to easily create an Enhanced Podcast and putting it on a cell phone. First, students can access class lectures/notes made with PowerPoint anytime on their cell phone. Additionally, students may be more likely to develop a PowerPoint project if they know they can share it to their friends and classmate's cell phones. Even parents can view them.
You can make an Enahnced Podcast easily in the MAC version of PowerPoint. Here is how...
1) Create a regular PowerPoint Presentation (use large font!)
2) Record the narration for your slides by going to Slide Show--Record Narration.
3) When you are done, if you are on a MAC, go to FILE--MAKE MOVIE (this will convert your PowerPoint into a Quicktime movie).
4) Once you have made your PowerPoint QuickTime movie, open it up in QuickTime Pro (if you do not have QuickTime Pro, you can use a free online converter such as http://zamzar.com).
5) In QuickTime Pro, go to File-Export, export your movie as a 3G file (this is the only movie file type that will play on cell phones).
6) Now you are ready to upload your Enhanced PowerPoint Podcast to your cell phone.
7) If you have Verizon, go to https://picture.vzw.com/login.do and select "Send Message" (it will lead you through a tutorial to upload your "3G" podcast to any Verizon cell phone.
8) If you have any other provider use http://3guppies.com, and follow their online tutorial of how to upload to your cell phone.
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