One of the most popular sessions on the PSA Blended Learning courses is on how to make your own podcasts. Recording and editing voice is straightforward. Adding music is also easy to learn. However, the question that arises with music is always the one of copyright.
Most people know that if you use a clip from a song by your favourite pop singer then you are likely to be in breach of copyright rules. This doesn’t mean you have to dig out your old Stylophone and tamborine and record your own. There’s lots of music available on the Web which is covered by the Creative Commons licence. The folks who have written and recorded these tracks are more than happy for you to use them or parts of them as long as you follow the rules of the licence and give them due credit.
What is ‘augmented reality’? Click on the link below to listen to our latest podcast and find out!
The podcast (created by Pete and Barney as an example of a teacher-produced podcast) is a three-minute clip from a business programme and is based on a forthcoming e-lesson, to be published by Macmillan next month.
This podcast is not meant to be used with students but was just the result of us trialling microphone and editing with Audacity – and to provide a taster of future ELT lesson material! Enjoy listening!
Earlier this week a Czech student asked Pete Sharma about traditional education, new super learning and nonsense textbooks during a chat with Pete Sharma in Languagelab.com. Watch the video to hear his answer.
A short note to say thank you to everyone who attended the PSA Blended Learning course at The London School in Thiene in Italy last weekend and, of course, a special thanks to Julie for organising it. We had a great time and were challenged by a dynamic group of teachers to present our information and opinions as clearly as possible and then to help them realise some of their ideas and plans using the technologies and tools covered on the course.
We were royally looked after with endless cups of tea and wonderful cheese sandwiches which kept us from flagging during our demos and discussions of blogs, podcasts, IWBs, Moodles and all the other things that the course covers.
There were many questions we were not able to answer due to time and, sometimes, the fact that we had not thought about those issues ourselves. The answers to questions should start to trickle through very soon.
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Suddenly realised that I have yet to post my first thoughts and experiences of using an interactive whiteboard. This is probably more a result having too much fun learning to use it and not spending enough time recording what I’ve done.
Setting the board up had been one area that I’d been nervous about. This as due to having seen a demonstration of an IWB some years ago in which the presentor struggled to persuade the device to do what he wanted before an expectant but fidgety audience.
In fact, this may have been an unusual event. The board I’m using has yet to find a permanent home and so often has to set up and rolled out of the way separate from the projector after each outing. Once the hardware has been positioned (the projector is also on a wheeled trolley), the orientation program is easy to run. Nine points on the board have to be selected using one of the pens and the board is ready to go. It’s almost too easy.