This podcast series will support efforts to develop attitudes, opportunities and abilities needed for independent communication to emerge, an essential step toward successful employment. Episodes will highlight the roles and needs of different members of the team, to include information for consumers, families, and educational, residential, and vocational support staff. Even family and staff working with young children may benefit from content posted here, as it will assist them in mentoring the establishment of independent communication over time.
Q. What is a podcast?
A. A podcast is a free video or audio series - like a TV or radio show - that you download from iTunes and play on your computer, iPod, iPhone, or Apple TV.
Because podcasts can include several of the most common types of media, they can be used to offer many different kinds of programs. Any television or radio program can of course be transmitted as a podcast, as can any lecture, performance, or other recorded event. Using the AAC file format, audio podcasts can include synchronized still images to create a narrated slide show. In this way, a series of lectures can include the lecturer's voice and presentation slides. In most podcasts, each episode is the same file format, so subscribers can enjoy the program the same way each time.
Also see Tips for Podcast Fans for more information on the wide range of podcasts available.
Q. Do I need to buy an iPod, MP3-player, or other hardware or audio-player software to listen?
A. No. Although you can download podcasts to your iPod to play them on the go, you can listen to or watch podcasts on your computer, using iTunes, or on your TV, with Apple TV.
Most media/audio-players are downloadable for free. Here are the web sites of a few of the most popular audio-players for your computer. All function either as standalone audio players, browser plug-ins, or both.
QuickTime (Apple.com) [Note: Quicktime is the default plug-in for Mozilla Firefox]
Windows MediaPlayer (Microsoft.com) [Note: Windows Media Player is the default plug-in for IE. It does not play mp3 files when used as a plug-in on other browsers.]
Q. Is it free?
Q. Are there other ways to view the materials on this web site?
Different Ways To Use This Site:
There are a number of ways that you can use this training site. If you want to download videos (podcast episodes) from this site, you will need to make sure that your computer is ready. First decide how you want to use this site. Then follow the appropriate instructions for getting your computer ready.
I just want to watch the posted videos on my computer from this website:
You should able to watch videos posted on this site on your computer if you have a high- speed internet connection. Your computer should be ready to just browse the videos posted on this website.
I want to browse the available videos and only download episodes that interest me:
Your computer will need to have the program called Quicktime on it. If your computer does not have this program on it already, you can download it for FREE. Go to www.apple.com/downloads. You can find appropriate versions of the software for different computers (Windows XP, Vista, Mac). Select "run" and follow the instructions for installing it on your computer. If you are at work and can't independently download programs onto your computer, ask your IT department to assist you with this process. Each posted podcast episode will have a description and a link to download the episode to your computer. You can right click on the link and choose "save link as" or "save target as" to save the file onto your computer. You will then be able to view the episode on the computer even when you are not on the website.
I want to have the videos available on this site automatically download onto my computer whenever new ones are posted (subscribing to the podcast series):
Your computer will need to have the program called iTunes on it. When you download iTunes, the program Quicktime is also added to your computer. You can get these programs for FREE. Go to www.apple.com/downloads and select the link that will download both iTunes and Quicktime. You can find appropriate versions of the software for different computers (Windows XP, Vista, Mac). Select "run" and follow the instructions for installing it on your computer. If you are at work and can't independently download programs onto your computer, ask your IT department to assist you with this process. Once you have iTunes on your computer, you can select the "subscribe" button below and podcast episodes posted on this website will be automatically delivered to your computer. You will need to open iTunes and select "podcasts" from the menu options. Each time you open iTunes, your computer will automatically check for new episodes and download them to your computer.