your voice with Tool Factory Podcasting!
Apply for the Podcasting
Grant for a chance to win a free Tool
Factory Podcasting site license plus all the digital media
accessories you need to start a podcasting program in your school! This is a $2,300 value!
To apply, simply develop and submit a lesson plan demonstrating
how you would use podcasting in your curriculum. The most unique
podcasting lesson plans that incorporate student involvement
and creativity will win!
If you are new to podcasting,
start by taking the 5-minute
tour and find out what it's all about! You are invited to
the 30-day trial version of Tool
Factory Podcasting and try it out. It only takes a few minutes
to build your first podcast. Then use your creativity and come
up with a podcasting project idea. We highly recommend getting
your students involved. Invite them to participate in a group
brainstorming session when gathering your ideas.
submissions will be judged based on:
- Effective integration
of podcasting in the curriculum.
- Effective use of
ALL the resources provided by the grant.
- High degree of student
involvement. We are looking for projects that involve the entire
class in a variety of capacities for a group project, or where
each student gets the opportunity to build his or her own project.
- Creativity and fun.
Our judges are looking for great projects that they would like
to take part in!
Entries for the current Tool Factory Podcasting Grants must be received by September 30th, 2011. Three Grand Prize & Three Honorable Mention Winners Will
Be Chosen on both: TBA
K-12 and special education
schools in the US, its territories, and Canada, are eligible to
apply. Private, public, and charter schools are equally considered.
Twelve grants will be awarded each year and you have 2 chances
to win! You must resubmit after every
deadline to reapply.
Make Your Application
Here are a few hints from the judges to make your application
stand out from the pack.
- Try an inventive
title that reflects enthusiasm such as, "Rockin' Reports
from Rotterdam's Finest Reporters!"
- Tell a great story.
What makes your group special? Why are the students excited
about podcasting? How will this project contribute to their
- Let your students
help develop the ideas. Their creativity will shine through.
Read the previous winning applications to get inspired..
- Always use properly
grammars and corretc splleling!
- Be sure to utilize
all the resources below in your project description.
One Tool Factory
Podcasting Site License Worth $1,000
Winners will get a school site license of Tool
Factory Podcasting to install on every computer in their school!
the Tour! Anyone with a microphone, a Windows computer, and
an internet connection can publish audio podcasts to people anywhere
in the world! You no longer need 3-4 different software programs
to create a podcast. All you need is the simplicity of Tool
Factory Podcasting. The software combines a scripting tool,
sound recorder, easy uploading, and broadcast utility into one
2 Olympus Digital
Voice Recorders Worth $200
Digital Voice Recorders are a wonderful resource for teachers!
Record audio on field trips, around school grounds, at meetings,
or even take voice notes. This voice recorder doubles as a flash
drive so you can even transfer documents from one computer to
another. Pull it apart and you'll find the hidden USB plug for
fast file-transfer directly into the computer.
2 Microphones with
Noise Cancellation Worth $40
is ideal for recording voice and interviews. The mic plugs directly
into your computer or voice recorder for recording in high-noise
environments, cutting down much of the background noise.
Clip Art Station
- School Subscription Worth $400
Visit Clip Art Station
and get a great collection of photos and sound clips for project
use! Our library of photographs and sounds is perfect for students,
teachers, and families. Subscribers get instant access to the
full library of artwork and audio posted on Clip
Art Station. Download images and sounds and get busy building
- School Subscription Worth $400
Go to Worksheet
Station and get a great collection of worksheets to use in
your classroom! Storyboard worksheets and script writing worksheets
are perfect for podcast planning. Our library of worksheets is
perfect for students, teachers, and families. Subscribers get
instant access to the full library of worksheets posted on Worksheet
Station. Download worksheets and spark some ideas for class
Web Page Station
- School Subscription Worth $300
Tool Factory will host your podcasts on the Web
Page Station server as an output for your podcasts.
Save server space on your school's network by using Web
Simple Guide to Podcasting - Book/CD Worth $20
Get the book and get started! Tool
Factory's Simple Guide to Podcasting is the perfect companion
book to Tool
Factory Podcasting. Learn what a podcast is and explore some
great introductory web links. The pages are jam-packed with step-by-step
instruction on how to record sounds and publish your own podcasts.
This is a great resource for learners who want visual instructions
at-a-glance. Every step in the process is outlined with large
bold pictures and easy 1-2-3 instructions. Readers can delve into
the text for a deeper understanding of the podcasting process,
or simply browse the visual images which "show" every step in
the podcasting process.
Tool Factory's Adventures
in Podcasting - Book/CD Worth $20
Raise your classroom podcasting program to a whole new level
with Tool Factory’s book, Adventures
in Podcasting: Incredible Lesson Plans for Your Classroom!
The book includes 40 podcast lesson plans designed to stretch
students’ imagination and get them thinking creatively about the
curriculum. Send your students on a podcast adventure deep into
the heart of a rainforest, or have them interview prospectors
panning for gold out West in the 1800s! A bonus companion CD of
editable worksheets lets teachers tailor every activity to their