If you are looking for a good and free tool to create educational podcasts, Anchor is definitely one of the options I would recommend. First, Anchor is easy to use: simply log in to your account on the web or install the mobile app (supports both Android and iOS) and start recording using your device-integrated mic or an external one. You can also import recorded audio you have on other apps and use it with your own recordings. Most importantly, Anchor allows you to invite friends and colleagues to record with you provided they use the Anchor app.
Anchor also provides a very intuitive editing platform that offers numerous tools to help you customize your podcasts the way you want. For instance, it lets you trim parts of the audio, remove segments you don’t like, add background music to your audios, apply various transitions and sound effects and many more. You also have the ability to add to your podcasts other types of audio such as “transitions or voice messages from your listeners”. Once your podcast is ready you can then share it on popular podcast-hosting websites including Google Podcasts, Spotify, and Apple Podcasts. Another great sharing feature provided by Anchor is that of transcribed videos. With one click you can “generate an automatically transcribed video for any audio segment under 1 minute long” ideal for distribution on sites such as YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram.
And if you want to track your podcasts’ performance, you can use Anchor’s Analytics. This will allow you to “see things like your plays over time, how episodes stack up to each other, and which apps people are using to listen”. There is also the option to monetize your podcasts which you can learn more about here. And yes, hosting your podcasts on Anchor is free as well.
Anchor was featured in AASL ‘s list of the Best Websites of Teaching and Learning of 2019. Watch the video below to learn more about Anchor.