App-vent Day 11 : Measure Sounds with Decibel 10th
Dec11

App-vent Day 11 : Measure Sounds with Decibel 10th

Decibel 10th turns your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch into a sound meter which uses the iPad microphone to measure the sound level all around you. It also shows a graph of the sound level over time. This can be used in class to measure how loud different sounds are. Take it around the school to measure the loudest and quietest places – or take it outside to measure noise pollution. For more ideas on apps to measure and make sounds, take...

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YouTube launches a library of free-to-use music
Sep27

YouTube launches a library of free-to-use music

If you are looking for music tracks to use in class projects such as presentations, photo slideshows and podcasts, then it can be tricky to find songs that you can use that are not subject to some form of copyright. This makes it a problem if you want to share your project online, and it gets taken down by YouTube for copyright infringements. To help with that, YouTube have just released a library of tunes that you can freely download...

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FileLab – online video and audio editing
Nov29

FileLab – online video and audio editing

FileLab is an online Video and Audio editor. It’s a free, alternative to software such as Windows MovieMaker or Audacity. OK, both of those are already free, but especially in the case of MovieMaker any alternative is welcome. FileLab provides a very user-friendly editor. I had a play with the video editor and found it quite simple to add some clips, add text over the top and create a transition. There are quite a few video...

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Make simple podcasts with the Cinch app
Aug30

Make simple podcasts with the Cinch app

Cinch is a simple sound recorder which will let you record and upload simple audio files. You can record via the Cinch website or you can download an app which will do the same job on your iPhone / iPod touch / Android phone. It looks pretty similar to software such as AudioBoo. The app on the iPhone consists of a simple record button. Simply start recording, and when finished the software automatically uploads the audio to your area...

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Blabberize – make talking pictures
Aug15

Blabberize – make talking pictures

Blabberize is a fun site that lets you create talking heads and record your own voice to go with it. It’s pretty simple to use – and it’s free. Upload a photograph, define the bottom of the mouth and the chin (this is the bit that moves) and then upload or record a sound for it to say. How could you use this in class? You could create a talking lesson starter image.To introduce a problem or a question to the...

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Woices – location based audioguides
Feb17

Woices – location based audioguides

Woices is a FREE internet service that allows people to create, share and consume echoes, audio records that are linked to a very specific geographical location or real-world object. Woices ultimate goal is to extend reality by creating a new layer of audio information, what they call the echoesphere, that will make the world a more interesting place. Echoes are words, left by one person at some precise place, that can be later...

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7 Sources of Creative Commons Audio For Podcasts
Jan19

7 Sources of Creative Commons Audio For Podcasts

A podcast sounds better with a bit of music in it. Or some special audio effects. But the problem is that legally you can’t just use any mp3 file from your music library since you will be breaching the copyright of the original artist. So move away from using your favourite bands – and look into the wide range of “pod-safe” or creative commons audio that are out there on the web. Here are several websites that...

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Podium for Podcasting
Sep28

Podium for Podcasting

I’ve had the chance recently to have a little play with Podium from Lightbox. Podium is a PC based podcasting software which enables users to create, edit and publish audio and video podcasts from a simple interface, meaning that pupils do not have to work with a number of different software packages in order to podcast in lessons. Podcasting with Podium is very easy, pupils are able to  create, edit and publish their audio or...

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Creative Commons Images and Audio
Sep15

Creative Commons Images and Audio

I’ve had a few requests recently for links to good sources of images and sounds for the classroom. I’ve written about this on here a few times in the past, so in a shameless piece of rehashing – here are some links to a few old posts you might have missed which cover some excellent sources of digital resources: Essential Digital Resources for your IWB Creative Commons Image Sources for your IWB Creative Commons Audio...

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Online Audio Stories
May11

Online Audio Stories

Online Audio Stories provide free downloadable audio books for children. With a wonderful selection of short stories for kids and bedtime stories, their free storytelling audio books for children are a delight. You can download the audio as an mp3 file and play on a computer, or transfer to a portable mp3 player. Stories include classic tales from Aeosop, Brothers Grimm, Edward Lear and Hans Christian Andersen. It’s well worth a...

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Essential Digital Resources for your IWB
Apr06

Essential Digital Resources for your IWB

One of the talks I gave at the Teacher2Teacher conference was on finding useful digital content to use on your Interactive Whiteboard. There’s more to the Internet than YouTube and Google Image search! Although this presentation was delivered mainly to Smartboard users, and the original presentation produced in Smart Notebook format, the information is very useful to any IWB users. Or even teachers who have a projector and no...

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Creaza – cartoon, audio, video, mindmap creator
Nov27

Creaza – cartoon, audio, video, mindmap creator

Creaza is a free online suite of applications that lets you create online cartoons, edit movies, edit audio and create mindmaps.It’s not fre for the full version, but you can try it out and do quite a bit with the free demo version. You use the toolbox along with various themes such as historical periods, fairy-tales, fantasy worlds. This would make a great digital storytelling resource for literacy, but also for history or...

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