Posted on October 22, 2008 by davefoord
A few weeks ago, I took part in a 5 way Skype conference along with James Clay, Lisa Valentine, Nick Jeans and David Sugden. The idea was to discuss the possibility of people like us holding regular recorded podcasts on different educational topics. We didn’t set out with the intention of recording this first session, but part way through felt that our conversation may be of interest to others, so we hit the record button, as we discussed the issue of digital natives or immigrants and a new take on this model called digital visitors and residents. The sound quality isn’t as smooth as some podcasts but the 5 involved were all scattered around the country, using Skype.
The beauty of this podcast is that unlike some of the official podcasts from the major organisations, (which are very good) – we can give our personal opinion (rather than the organisations opinion) and the fact that it is a natural conversation with the addition of some humour makes it a different listening experience. I don’t know whether people will be interested in what we have to say or not, but as a concept this is relatively simple to do, and shows a different educational medium that can be used.
If you have 15 minutes to spare, and want to listen to my 15 minutes of fame then listen here.
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Posted on October 13, 2008 by davefoord
The Voice Recorder icon in Word
Something that I often show people at training events, that is very easy but effective, is the ability to record sound directly into a Word file. Which if you are marking work that has been submitted electronically, this is brilliant as it is much easier to give feedback verbally than to try typing feedback into comments boxes in Word, or speech bubbles or as text where you then change the colour. It is much quicker for the person marking, and various studies on the use of audio for feedback, have suggested that most learners prefer it.
Some notes on how to do this, including an example of how it works, can be found at http://www.a6training.co.uk/resources/HowToRecordSoundIntoWord.doc
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Posted on October 7, 2008 by davefoord
A few weeks ago something called Accessible Apps was launched. This is a collection of free tools, that you have on a pen drive, so when you plug the pen drive into the computer, all of the tools are there to be used, without any problems with profiles, downloading software, permission etc. This is brilliant for learners with disabilities, but could be used by any learners – for example it has audacity on it – a program for creating sound recordings.
the only cost associated is the buying of the pen drives, which nowadays are very cheap, and if you buy in bulk can even be stamped with the college, university or school logo, so I think it is viable to give every learner one of these pen drives when they start a course. To download your own version of accessible apps, you will need a 2G memory pen (for the full package) and then go to http://www.rsc-ne-scotland.ac.uk/accessapps/
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