Monthly Archives: June 2011

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Comparing No-Edit Cloud Based Audio Recording Options

Category : Tips

We frequently hear people say “a picture is worth a thousand words,” but pictures can be worth far more to us when they can speak through an associated audio recording. Cloud-based audio recording services like, and offer students and teachers the ability to quickly create AND share “no edit” audio recordings. These sites create unique “channels” of audio content which can be readily accessed and shared. Depending on the site, audio can be posted to these channels using phones (as “phonecasts,”) using a microphone connected to an Internet-connected computer and a web browser, or with free smartphone applications. As part of my chapter on audio for my forthcoming eBook, “Playing with Media: simple ideas for powerful sharing,” I created the following table to highlight the current differences between AudioBoo, Cinch and iPadio. Note ALL these services are FREE.

I created this graphic using Seashore (a partial Mac port of the open source image editor, The Gimp) and the free version of Skitch. Do you know of other web services that should be included on this list? Please consider “liking” the Facebook page I’ve created for my “Playing with Media” eBook to stay up to date. If all continues to go as planned/hoped, I’ll be publishing it next Wednesday in advance of my ISTE 2011 BYOL workshop, “Simple Ideas for Powerful Sharing.”

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Explaining No-Edit Audio Recording Power with an AudioBoo from Pearl Harbor

Category : Tips

Websites like AudioBoo, Cinch, and iPadio which permit “no-edit” audio recording and publishing can be utilized in extremely constructive, powerful and creative ways. I’m finishing up my chapter on Audio tools for my first eBook, “Playing with Media: simple ideas for powerful sharing,” and I’m using an AudioBoo my daughter, Rachel, recorded at the USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, as an introductory example. Rachel was five when she recorded this. Taken by itself, the accompanying photograph shows the shadow of something below the water, and a side profile of a young child looking over the railing.

Rachel looks down at the USS Arizona battleship in Pearl Harbor

Combined with an audio recording made at the time, however, this photograph can “say” much more.

I created a 90 second screencast of this AudioBoo using Screenflow software, so I could embed this file into my ePUB eBook. It’s also shared on YouTube. I included some explanatory text boxes in the screencast which provide some additional information about the features of AudioBoo. One of the best: It’s entirely FREE!

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TEPSA11 iPad Workshop

Category : Tips

These are ideas for creating and sharing media using iPads during the June 15, 2011 workshop at TEPSA in Austin, Texas, led by Wesley Fryer.


Share Text

Audio Recording

Digital Story (Images + Audio + Text)

Video Interview

Additional Apps


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Playing with Media in Houston, Texas

Category : Tips

Today I’m in Houston, Texas, (Missouri City, to be exact) for the 2011 Fort Bend ISD District Technology Conference. My primary message is: As educators we need to make time for playing with media! Circus Tent The theme of the FBISD conference this year is “Inspiration, Innovation, and Integration.” In addition to the opening keynote, “Leading Schools with Digital Vision in a Bubblesheet World,” I’m sharing four breakout sessions. One of them is repeated. Here are links to my session resources and presentation slides for each one. All of these are linked from my primary handouts page on Google Sites, available from Kathy Schrock, Tammy Worcester, Howie DiBlasi, Susan Anderson, Jim Holland, and Michael Garfield are among the other featured speakers at the conference. Former Sugarland mayor, David Wallace, will close out the conference. It should be a great day! Here are my session links: Leading Schools with Digital Vision in a Bubblesheet World (Slides available as a 1.7 MB PDF) Today I’ll be sharing a shorter and redesigned version of this presentation!

Much of the world has gone digital, so must learning at school. Creativity is vital, and good leadership matters. Stagnant, accomodation-level technology integration makes technology investments in our schools a waste of money. School leaders can and should encourage teachers to use digital learning tools in transformative ways to open new doors of opportunity for students as well as parents. By focusing on creating, communicating / sharing, and collaborating, principals can help develop a shared instructional vocabulary with teachers which is focused on student engagement. Without creation, there can be no creativity. How will you let your students create? How will you give students choices? How will your students teach the curriculum? These are essential questions to ask together with teachers, as we seek to effectively (and legally) “talk with media / pictures” and leverage the constructive power of digital media tools for learning inside and outside the classroom.

Digital Storytelling on a Shoestring & Celebrate Texas Voices (repeated)

Digital storytelling is applicable to learners of all ages, in all content areas. In this session we will view different examples of digital storytelling across the curriculum, and explore free tools which are available to get started creating and publishing digital stories on your classroom website. Digital stories can take many forms. In the context of this session, digital stories which include digital images/photographs and audio narration will be explored, using the website VoiceThread. Options for creating digital stories in software programs like PhotoStory3 and iMovie will also be addressed.

In addition to the website, the Celebrate Texas Voices Ning learning community, and my wiki session links, I’ve updated presentation slides for this session on a Google Presentation: Simple Ideas for Powerful Sharing

As learners and educational leaders it is critical that we share our ideas with others. Publishing our ideas online should not be limited to just “final drafts” of our work, we also should share ideas that occur to us during the day, great videos we see, student work in progress, and more. If you can send email, you can publish rich media with Posterous. In this session we’ll learn specifically how to create and use a personal publishing website with your email account. We’ll also explore other tools for creating and sharing curriculum under open licensing terms (open educational resources.) It’s critical ALL teachers learn to share ideas online and PUBLISH curriculum using rich media. Come learn how.

iOS Apps for Productivity & Fun (iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch)

Bring your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch to this hands-on, interactive workshop as together we explore some of the best applications for productivity as well as fun available for Apple’s mobile devices! Free as well as commercial apps will be demonstrated including applications for education, photo sharing, news, social networking, digital storytelling, musical expression, art, audio recording, games, and more! If you have an iOS device (iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch) you’ll learn about a wealth of useful as well as engaging applications in this dynamic workshop.

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