Welcome to another Painting with Jesse Blog, thanks for checking in. So, this week’s blog will be a bit different than previous weeks. My blog post and learning project post will be combined into one blog post. This week in my EDTC 300 class we were asked to document our progress this week using a tool or resource we have never used before. I weighed several options including several video making sites. I was looking into shortcut and the Windows video making tool. I have used other video making tools in the past however, and these tools did not seem all that different. So, I started looking at other types of tools I could use, and I came across Anchor. Anchor is a podcasting tool by Spotify which helps you make and distribute your podcasts easily. I decided to give it a try and quickly decided this would be the tool I would use the tool. I figured I could make videos any other week and I have made some before so I would try to make what would probably be my only podcast this semester. I know podcasting and painting do not work great together but I made sure I shared some pictures with you below so you can see what I have been working on. I love listening to all kinds of podcasts, so this project was interesting and fun for me.
Experience with Anchor
At first, I was kind of intimidated to use a podcasting making tool as I assumed it could be difficult however, I could not have been more wrong. Anchor was so easy and fun to use. It required absolutely NO downloading and was completely free. To start using Anchor that is all you had to do was make an account and because Anchor is a product of Spotify you can use you Spotify account and it is a trustworthy product. You only need to give your email and password, so it is super simple. Once it you are on the site they lay out all the steps for you.
- Create a Podcast Episode
- Set up a Show.
- Get your Show Published on Spotify
The first thing I did was record my first episode of Painting with Jesse. You simply hit record and it does the rest. You don’t need any special microphone as I just used the one in my computer and it sounded alright. However, it says if your recording is over 30 minutes you need to use third party software however my first episode was about 22 minutes so that was not problem. After this, you can add in music and transitions. Music comes free if you have a Spotify account as I did so I got to add in some music at the beginning and end of my podcast. Transitions are kind of short songs or sounds that add character and act as transitions for your podcast and there are many free ones for you to use and check out. You can add all of this to your podcast and than easily organize it in their easy-to-use organizer. Once you are done and save your episode you can either add it to an existing show or make a new show. Because it was my firs time, I made a new show called painting with Jesse and added a nice cover photo they provided. You can then publish your show. It may take a few minutes as they have to check everything out but very quickly you become a published podcaster and are discoverable on Spotify. How Cool is That. My experience using Anchor was easy and fun, and I would recommend that everyone give it a try.
Anchor in the Classroom.
I think Anchor would be an awesome tool to use in the classroom. It would be easy for students to set up and use. I could see it begin used in almost any subject or topic. And it could probably be used for both middle years and high school for sure. It would likely be a completely new way for students to deliver their work and I could see that be very engaging for a lot of students. It could bring some students out of their comfort zone while giving more extrovert students a new, fun way to express their work. I think it could work well for research or simulation assignments as well as instructional assignments. I would love to try this in a classroom one day soon.
Painting with Jesse
This week, I of course used Anchor to document my learning project. So, please take a listen to that below to hear how the week went. Please also take a look at the pictures of my painting to view while you listen to the podcast. This week I think I tried to take a big leap forward. I went right into landscape painting. I followed a tutorial video on YouTube which is also below. I was eager for a challenge this week, so I choose a what I believe is a harder tutorial. As you will hear in my Podcast I was definitely challenged in some spots and proud of how I did in others. There were many mistakes and learning curves this week, but I am very proud of how the painting turned out. So please have a listen to the podcast and leave a comment below.