Question: What hardware is required for classroom podcasting?
The IT Guy says:
The hardware requirements for podcasting are a computer with an Internet connection and a functional computer microphone. School districts will likely want to host podcast files on in-house servers, however, so ftp access to a server capable of hosting Website files is also needed.
If large numbers of students and other community members subscribe to a local podcast feed, demands on the server can increase significantly. In this case, it can be a good idea to set up a separate podcasting server dedicated to podcast files. It may be a good idea to also throttle the available bandwidth available for podcast downloads, if those downloads affect bandwidth available for the main district Website or other mission-critical websites.
A special type of server hardware is not required to host podcasts: Generally these files are basic mp3 files which can be uploaded and downloaded like other files. If the district content filter blocks all mp3 files, that content restriction will need to be removed for the domain of the school server hosting the podcast files.
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