I’m a BIG fan of embedding. The ability to take media files from one location and use them in another context creates learning environments that are rich and appealing to students. I like it even better when the process is simple. Embedding is now a standard feature for most social networking sites. YouTube was one of the first, and now most media file hosts have followed suit. On just about any media site now days you can find something like the image below which allows you to copy the code and paste it into another site.
Bottom line – most teachers are uncomfortable with coding of any kind, so it’s got to be easy. Most can do the copy and paste, but if you have to manipulate codes, it can be a problem. Unfortunately, there are times when a simple cut and paste is not available. A resource (such as YouTube) may be blocked by a district, or you may have an original file that you would prefer not to upload to a social networking site. That’s where these tutorials come in. I’ll show you how to create your own embed codes so that you don’t have to worry about blocked resources. Continue reading “Easy Audio Embedding”
Back in May I wrote about Houndbite.com as a sort of “YouTube for audio.” Since that time I’ve had tons of problems with the service. Half the time the webpage won’t load. However, my embedded links still seem to work. The same thing happened this weekend – yesterday I couldn’t get Houndbite to load for … Continue reading A Wishlist for Online Audio
Paul and I made our annual trek to the Anderson Jockey Lot. We always try to take a newbie with us – someone not yet immersed in southern flea market culture. Lately this has been a new faculty member at Furman, and this year was no different. Karen Buckmeuller was our victim this time. She couldn’t convince her new husband, Herman Holt, to come along with us. Several others were also supposed to go with us, but wimped out, too.
As I’ve learned, the denizens of the Jockey Lot get very nervous around cameras, and with good reason. We saw several less-than-legal items for sale. I was still able to snap a few shots, though. Most useful was the little Sansa Clip recorder. I clipped it to my shirt and left it recording the entire time we were there. I got some fascinating conversations. I’ve edited it down to the best clips and added a little background music, then posted it to Boomp3.com. It’s about six minutes long.
UPDATE: Houndbite is now defunct. However, there are some great alternatives in place. Try Audioboo, SoundCloud, or Chirbit for hosting files. ……… Here’s the dilemma – I’m not diligent enough about creating audio files to get into podcasting. Podcasting really requires consistency, focus, and dedication in order to keep your audience engaged. However, I do … Continue reading Houndbite – YouTube for Audio
When I did my presentation “Geotag This! Adding Location to Learning” at EdTech I wanted to give examples of geotagging different types of media, not just photographs. With the new YouTube layer now available in Google Earth, it was easy to demonstrate how to geotag video, and with GeoRSS feeds now available, I was able … Continue reading GeoPodcasting – Adding Location to Audio