D.I.Y. : Digital media for ESOL learners

Outline for a session run for ESOL teachers at South Western Sydney Institute, TAFE NSW 24 May 2011

Session Outline

Introduction and discussion
Examples in action:
- Rosa Ochoa's We Talk - http://sydneyinstituteonline.net/wetalk/
- and OurClass09 - http://ourclass09.blogspot.com/
- Combo
Hands on activities - Audacity +FlickR image/ Voicethread



Tools used in this session

Audacity – audio recorder and editor
Download with Lame MP3 encoder from http://audacity.sourceforge.net/
Stephan Ridgway’s guide - http://sridgway.wikispaces.com/Using_Audacity
More resources - http://www.diigo.com/user/robynjay/audacity

FlickR – image sharing and storage
Site – http://www.flickr.com
Robyn’s guides - http://robynjay.wikispaces.com/FlickR
More resources - http://www.diigo.com/user/robynjay/flickr

Voicethread
Voicethread Site – http://voicethread.com
Viv Evans guide’s - http://nswinnovations.wikispaces.com/Voicethreadoicethread


Other tools to explore

Vocaroo
An online voice recording tool that allows the recorder to listen to their recording.
It does not save the recording
http://vocaroo.com/
Vocaroo offers a widget to enable you to embed the recorder in a page (Moodle, Wikispace, blog)
http://vocaroo.com/widgets.php

Smilebox
http://smilebox.com/
Teachers’ toolbox - http://media.smilebox.com/tt/teachersToolboxHome.html

Wimba Voice Tools
(not free – integrates well with Moodle)
http://www.netspot.com.au/wvtSupportModule_5.2/page_60.htm


Activities

Recording an audio track

http://sridgway.wikispaces.com/Using_Audacity
Locate and open AUDACITY on your computer
Check the correct microphone is selected in middle of top toolbar.
The settings should be OK by default (you can check against those recommended in the guide above).

Record a short message/ task.
Save project.

Delete unwanted gaps and voice by selecting track with your mouse and using delete button on keyboard.

Select the whole track (CONTROL + A)
Improve and balance quality by selecting normalise under the effects menu
Save.

Export as MP3 (file – export). Give it the same name as your project file and keep together.
Note that you require the additional Lame Encoder to export in MP3 format.

At home download Audacity and the lame MP3 encoder (place in the same folder/directory):
http://audacity.sourceforge.net/ (look for encoder link on download page)


Create an activity around your audio track


You can upload your audio track to a wikispace or Moodle course and combine with an image from FlickR (or camera) and an activity (quiz or activity sheet).
In both Moodle and wikispaces an uploaded audio track automatically appears on the page as a player.

To locate FlickR images with a Creative Commons licence:
1. Go to http://www.flickr.com and enter a term/tag into the search box
2. Now refine your search – click on the Advanced search link
3. Scroll to the bottom of the page and check the Creative Commons option – search

To embed the image:
Right click on the FlickR image and select the MEDIUM option
Right click on this and copy the image URL – if you are using Internet Explorer this is located in the Properties area and will look something like http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4073/4892482623_5222f0ca2c_z.jpg

In wikispaces:
Open edit mode and click on the FILE icon and then the EXTERNAL IMAGE tab.
Paste the URL in and click LOAD
When it shows in the library click on it.

In Moodle:
Click UPDATE icon where you wish the image to embed.
Click on the INSERT IMAGE icon and paste in the URL.

You MUST acknowledge the source!
Under the image type [CC FlickR image by username] – find the persons username on the FlickR page.
Create a hyperlink from the username back to the main page where the image was located in FlickR (before you selected medium).

Your task or activity:
In Moodle there are a range of quizzes and activities to choose from. After putting your image and text, direct the student to click on the quiz/activity which will show as a link below.
In wikispaces you can design the activity in Word and upload it as a file that can be clicked on, completed and saved to the computer or printed.



Voicethread

http://nswinnovations.wikispaces.com/Voicethread

Design a simple class task around a single image.
Locate a suitable Creative Commons image on FlickR (see above)
Script a listening task that will require the students to post a response.

Create a voicethread account at http://voicethread.com/
Log in and click the CREATE button

Right click on the FlickR image and select the MEDIUM option
Right click on this and copy the image URL – if you are using Internet Explorer this is located in the Properties area and will look something like http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4073/4892482623_5222f0ca2c_z.jpg

Paste the image URL into the URL option in Voicethread.
You should see a green tick appear. Click the IMPORT button.
Add text to your image if you wish.

Using your microphone (plugin or built-in) click the COMMENT button (step 2)
When the voicethread opens click the COMMENT button again, and then select the record button.
Record your message and task. Review and save when satisied.

In the bottom left of the Voicethread screen adjust the publishing and playback options to suit your needs.

If you want people to go to voicethread to comment – use the copy link and share option.
Choose EMBED if you wish to embed the voicethread on a wiki or Moodle page.

NOTE: Your image attributions in Voicethread could be edited in over the image before uploading OR listed on a final slide.