Podcasting is a general term for any sort of web-related, episodic audio content or radio that can be streamed or downloaded to computers, mobile devices, or smartphones. In many ways, a Podcast is like an audio version of a blog. There are thousands of podcasts currently being broadcast from around the world and pertain to just about any subject imaginable. Many radio programs are available as podcasts after the show has aired.
Whether you are going to listen to a Podcast on a device or on your computer, you will need to use a particular type of app called a "podcatcher." These programs allow you to subscribe to a podcast and will automatically aggregate and download episodes to your device. Here are some free programs for popular platforms:
If you use Apple products and iTunes already, this is a non-brainer. Search online for a podcast an paste the URL into the "Subscribe to Podcast" option under Advanced. You can also use iTunes to search for other casts.
iTunes is freely for Mac and PC and can be used to subscribe to podcasts.
This American Life
The Splendid Table
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Since food is best enjoyed with others, we wanted to highlight websites that promote eating as a community function. Here are some sites that are community oriented that allow users to upload and share their favorite recipes and some stunning blogs to whet your holiday appetite. We have also included some free, fun apps to help you choose and prepare delicious recipes.
Social media is a great way to share recipes as well. Add photos of your creation onto Facebook, or organize your favorite recipes into a Pinterest board for all to see.
All Recipes Dinner Spinner
How to Cook Everything
Be sure to share a favorite recipe in the comment section below for a chance to be featured on the LFPL Tech Blog.
We will be taking next week off to celebrate the holidays, but check back with us the week after Thanksgiving for a new addition.
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Blogger is Google's simple, free way to make and manage your own blog
WordPress allows you to make a stylish, eye-catching blog with all the bells and whistles
Weebly is like PowerPoint for making websites
Google Sites lets you set up a site from pre-designed templates and add gadgets
Codecademy You can teach yourself how to program a website using html and CSS programming languages and build it from scratch. We have been having quite a bit of fun with this over the past few weeks.
Do you have your own blog or website that you would like to share? Paste the URL into the comments section for a chance to be featured on the LFPL Teen Blog.
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There are a variety of ways to capture what is on your screen and share it with others. This can be a helpful tool when creating demonstrations or instructional videos. Here are two different ways:
Print Screen Short Cuts (Tip #1)
Use these short cuts to take a picture of your screen and paste it into any document:
'Ctrl' + 'Print Screen' - Windows
'Apple Key' + 'Shift' + '3' (all at the same time) - Mac
This free, simple software allows users to capture images or short videos and lets you add sounds from a microphone. Click on the image above for a short video.
Create a video and share the link in the comments sections below for a chance to be featured on the Teen Tech Tips blog.
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Make Comics with your own digital photographs or drawings. More of a writer than an artist? Make comics using free web-based software stocked with pre-made backgrounds, characters, and props.
GoAnimateómore story oriented
This desktop program was used to create the above comic and is available for use on all Make Lab computers and Teen public computers at various branches.
We have holiday-themed comic programs coming up in November and December, so be sure to check the Tech Connects schedule for upcoming comics programs at the library.
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