Apple’s GarageBand for Podcasting

GarageBand LogoApple’s GarageBand for Podcasting

By: Amanda Richards, Interactive Multimedia Lab Assistant

GarageBand was created in January of 2004 by Apple, Inc., and it has been updated and improved every year since its creation. The Apple program comes preinstalled on all new Macintosh computers. However, if you have an older Mac or want the latest version, GarageBand ‘09, it is available as part of the iLife package for $71 with your educational discount. Contact the uTech Computer Store ( if you would like to obtain a copy for yourself.


    • The ability to record your own audio on multiple audio tracks.
    • The option to use pre-made sound effects and music specifically to enhance your podcast.
    • Individual picture files or clips of PowerPoint presentations can be uploaded and included in your podcast. You can choose where you want each picture and how long it runs for.
    • Create chapter markers in order for simple browsing.
    • Include URL hyperlinks in your podcast for easy access to background information.
    • Save and Share your podcast on iTunes for browsers to listen to or view.

GarageBand is the kind of program that allows students and educators to use the latest technology. GarageBand is a program specifically for Macintosh computers that can be used to do things such as create music, podcasts, and even iPhone ringtones. (Don’t have a Macintosh Computer? Stop by the IMM Lab and TRC in Horrabin Hall 104 or call 309.298.3076 to learn about the computers and services that are available for digital creation!) Podcasts are digital media files that can be downloaded and viewed easily by both professors and students on WIU’s iTunes U page. When using GarageBand, professors provide students with experience and knowledge that can be used throughout their professional careers.

COEHS faculty, How they use it:

    Betsy Hommel (Curriculum and Instruction) has used podcasts in order to create pen pal podcasts in which they read poems aloud and illustrated them accordingly.
    Dr. Laurel Borgia (Curriculum and Instruction) has her students create vocabulary podcasts in which clever tunes and lyrics are written and recorded in order to help reinforce the meanings of vocabulary words.
    Melissa Stinnett (Curriculum and Instruction)- created her own podcasts for her students, her podcasts focused on Literacy Instruction.
    Cathy McMillan (Kinesiology) has had her classes create walking tour podcasts.
    “Exercise Science students in the Department of Kinesiology developed podcasts and DVDs during their senior year. As part of the projects, they were to utilize GarageBand. The podcasts and the DVDs consisted of various verbal fitness cues, fitness /wellness mini lectures and exercise demonstrations. As the students developed the verbal part of the podcasts or DVDs they embedded music from GarageBand to enhance the projects. GarageBand provided them with various types of music and sound effects that could be easily be implemented into the projects. In both projects the students had to match the music to what was being delivered. Thus, the music needed to be logical and creative to enhance the verbal delivery. For example: quite, soft music was embedded when flexibility exercises were being discussed; and motivating, upbeat music was embedded when cardiovascular exercises were being demonstrated. GarageBand provided the students with a large library of music and sounds allowing them the ability to individualize their projects.” -Cathy McMillan, Kinesiology faculty

All of these podcasts can be found on and are interesting ideas of how to bring education and technology together.

For more information on podcasts go to the GarageBand support page at
TechTip: Creating an enhanced podcast from a PowerPoint presentation

By: Mike Crumm, Interactive Multilmedia Lab Assistant

GarageBand is a great tool for creating podcasts. You can easily add images to enhance your podcast and make it more engaging for listeners. Did you know you can also export a PowerPoint presentation for use in GarageBand? It’s easy!

1. Open your PowerPoint presentation.

PowerPoint Preview

2. Click File → Save as Pictures

Save As Pictures

3. When the save dialog box opens, select a place where you’d like to save the files. A folder will be created with the name given.

Save Dialog

4. Open the folder you just created, and then open GarageBand.

GarageBand Folder

5. Click and drag all of the images in the folder into the podcast track.

Dragging images into Podcast Track

6. Once the images have been dragged in, you can move them around in the timeline.

Podcast Track Preview

7. Open the Artwork Editor in Garage Band by double-clicking on the image you want to modify.

Artwork Editor

8. Drag the slider all the way to the left to make the full PowerPoint slide visible.

Artwork Editor Resize

That’s it! Now you can record vocal tracks to overlay on your slides, or add background music and sound effects to enhance your presentation.

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