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Session 49: Voice Tools

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WHY USE AUDIO?

It's just one more way to humanize the online element of your course(s), to make a connection with and better engage your students, even if you aren't in the same physical location.

 

You can use a series of images to make a point, but with the addition of voice to the images, you now have a story:


 


Mrs. Beasley from mjm_foodie on Vimeo.

 


HERE IS HOW YOU CAN CREATE A BRIEF AUDIO ANNOUNCEMENT -- 3 DIFFERENT WAYS!

 

1. HEADSET/MICROPHONE

 If you are on your computer, this is the most direct way to record. Try creating a quick voice announcement on Blackboard:

 CREATE A VOICE ANNOUNCEMENT IN BLACKBOARD.pdf

 

2. DIGITAL RECORDER 

A digital recorder is fast, easy, and portable - but the feature we really like is that many of them now come with a built-in USB plug, so that after recording, you can plug the device right into your computer, and get the audio file directly. It's just like reading a file from a disk or a flash drive. *

* It is possible to edit audio recordings that you've kept as a file using software like Audacity (PC) or GarageBand (Mac), but it's easier if you can keep your audio to short "clips" that can be done in one take.

 

     USE YOUR AUDIO RECORDING FILE TO CREATE A VOKI! 

A voki can be created without registering for an account, but if you want to save your vokis, you will want to sign up.

Creating a Voki animated announcement is a fun way to use your audio file, once you have recorded an announcement. For ideas on using Voki, check out the Voki Lesson Plan database.

 

 

3. CELLPHONE 

iPadio allows you to call in from any phone to make a recording -- AND it creates a transcript of the recording for you!

Here's what an embedded recording looks like. Notice that the transcript of the audio isn't perfect, but it's pretty darn close, and I can go in and manually edit the one or two minor errors:

 

"Show me that hardware again . . . ?" Here are three types of hardware that you can use to easily make your own audio recordings:

 

 

Headset/Microphone set

In the workshop, we used Cyber Acoustics AC-850 headphones that were provided by CGCC Media Services.  These are available for less than $30 on amazon.com.

Digital Recorder - I use an Olympus (WS-311M), because of the built-in USB connection. The fewer cords the better, in my opinion! As you can see by looking at Amazon.com, there are many other makes/models to choose from.

 

Keep an eye on those Friday Fry's Electronics ads -- they often have these on sale. 

 KB35 (Flickr)

 

 

 

 

Your cellphone!

 

 

 

 

 

 


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