Audio Recordings

audio-158489_640Over the last year, with the smoother integration of YouTube videos into the Blackboard system (such as Vide Everywhere, aka Record from Webcam), we have used the video features extensively and in an increasing number of courses. There are admittedly lots of advantages to taking courses online, but cultivating a robust community remains a challenge in distance education. So, using videos makes a small dent in this area, and YouTube has proven to be a fairly friendly working solution.

We haven’t done much – in part due to the current configuration of Blackboard which is not too friendly to audio files – much (or anything) with audio recordings. There are at least a couple of courses though which use some sort of interviewing and would benefit from not a video but an audio recording. So, let’s look at possible solutions that are available either for free or at a low cost, and which are versatile, have low barriers to adoption and are ready to use out of the box.

Richard Burn has written up this article (with video demos) and I invite you to browse his suggestions (some will apply to a face-to-face classroom more so than others).

Free Technology for Teachers: 5 Browser-based Tools for Creating Audio Recordings – Videos on How to Use Them.

The other article that comes again from the same source is about ways to record interviews. They both look pretty slick, and are worth looking into (may or may not be available on all mobile platforms).


15 Things You Didn’t Know Your iPhone Could Do

15 Things You Didn’t Know Your iPhone Could Do.

Today we are on to a lighter theme: the iPhone! Knowing a few cool tricks will definitely earn you a “hip” reputation.

For those not in immediate possession of their iPhone or those shunning the iDevices altogether, here is a practical guide on image copyright found by Amy Storch. This may be widely used and re-shared, if you don’t mind the typos in the original item, just follow the spirit of the law! For more information on finding and using images, check out an earlier post.

By the way, how do you like Dayboard? I have been using it every day, and while a bit nagging and it just won’t go away, it is so helpful in keeping me on track and making me get things done!

Take a short poll: Which 3 out of the 15 things listed did you like best?