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Free Technology for Teachers: 5 Browser-based Tools for Creating Audio Recordings - Videos on How to Use Them

Free Technology for Teachers: 5 Browser-based Tools for Creating Audio Recordings - Videos on How to Use Them | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Creating short, unedited audio recordings is a good way for students to record and share their reflections on things that they have learned and observed in your classroom. The following five tools can all be used for creating and sharing short audio recordings.
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Vocaroo 

SoundCloud

AudioPal 

AudioBoom

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Teaching with Web 2.0 Tools (Part 1)

Teaching with Web 2.0 Tools (Part 1) | Serious Play | Scoop.it

Having the opportunity to expand the horizon of my traditional EFL classroom has been just as exciting for me as for my students.


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Nalya Ovshieva's curator insight, March 23, 2015 12:53 PM

 Teachers can create a willingness and excitement to learn by new technologies.

Lizbeth A. López Medina's curator insight, March 24, 2015 8:42 PM

Good ideas to work on vocabulary.

Buenas ideas para trabajar en vocabulario. 

Angela Mitchell's curator insight, August 5, 2015 7:16 PM

First part of a series on using Web 2.0 tools

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Free Technology for Teachers: How to Create an Audio Slideshow With Annotations in YouTube

Free Technology for Teachers: How to Create an Audio Slideshow With Annotations in YouTube | Serious Play | Scoop.it

Within YouTube there is a free tool for creating audio slideshows. You supply the images and YouTube supplies the audio track. You can pick from thousands of audio tracks to match to your slides. After adding your slides and selecting an audio track you can add speech bubbles to your slides. I demonstrate all of these steps in the video embedded below.

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Digital storytelling handbook

This handbook is a product of the Digital Commonwealth project which sought to facilitate a creative response to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. However, the handbook is designed to be of use to a wider range of individuals, community groups and third sector organisations interested in using digital media (blogs, audio, video and social media) to tell their stories. Please use and share!

Via Nik Peachey, Maria Margarida Correia
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http://digitalcommonwealth.co.uk/2014/09/18/handbook-of-digital-storytelling/

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Javier Castro's curator insight, March 19, 2015 10:13 AM

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TWCLibrary's curator insight, March 19, 2015 6:02 PM

A fantastic resource!

Ricard Garcia's curator insight, April 21, 2015 2:10 AM

Always useful to have first-hand reference to enhance methodology... worth reading!

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Utopian Film

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Cinema is the most prestigious cultural activity in the modern world. It is for us what theatre was in the age of Shakespeare or painting was in the days of Leonardo da Vinci: the art form with the biggest impact, the largest budgets, the most widespread audiences.

 

Let’s consider six key problems – and how films might be of help:

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What are movies really for? In the deeper, bigger sense...

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The Secret to Activating Your Audience’s Brain

The Secret to Activating Your Audience’s Brain | Serious Play | Scoop.it

When you share facts and stats with your audience:

1. They are going to agree with you

2. They are going to disagree with you

Hence, only two parts of your audiences’ brain will ignite when reacting to data.

But, what if you tell a story instead? 

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Using non-linear stories to gamify your books - Book Creator app | Blog

Using non-linear stories to gamify your books - Book Creator app | Blog | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Book Creator allows for hyperlinks between pages, so you can get really creative with interactive stories to bring students' imaginations to the fore.
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Storytelling y Tablets para el aprendizaje

Diseño e implementación de proyectos de storytelling con tablets

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En el núvol's curator insight, March 16, 2015 2:47 AM

Storytelling y Tablets para el aprendizaje

Ana Lorenzo Rivas's curator insight, March 16, 2015 1:59 PM

Interesante propuesta para diseñar e implementar proyectos de storytelling con tablets.

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12 Tools To Create Powerful Presentations

12 Tools To Create Powerful Presentations | Serious Play | Scoop.it
12 Tools To Create Powerful Presentations Presentations have an important place in the corporate world. Whether presenting product releases or quarterly year reports, a nicely designed presentation captivates the audience. It increases the audience's interaction and interest. A well weaved narration of information in form of a presentation, can instill life to a plain and boring topic as well.

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Bridge the Physical-Digital Gap: QR Codes in the Classroom

Bridge the Physical-Digital Gap: QR Codes in the Classroom | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Cutting edge educator Denise Webster shares the tools she uses, as well as some real classroom examples, for making the most of QR codes in the classroom.

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Transforming Silence: Poetry and Performance

Transforming Silence: Poetry and Performance | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Teaching poetry becomes a powerful group activity through individual and communal observation and explanation, creative response to poems read aloud, and celebrating student work.
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3 Ways of Getting Student Feedback to Improve Your Teaching

3 Ways of Getting Student Feedback to Improve Your Teaching | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Edutopia blogger Vicki Davis asks her students for professional development help, ending the year with in-class focus groups, a survey, and a call for anonymous notes that will guide her in improving her practice next year.
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Tools

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This is our most requested online section! Here we post reliable training tools (or activities/exercises). All training tools are based on our direct education approach, rooted in popular education.

For even more tools check out our various books & manuals, which include hundreds of additional training tools.

   
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Free Technology for Teachers: 5 Web-based Audio Recording and Editing Tools Compared - Chart

Free Technology for Teachers: 5 Web-based Audio Recording and Editing Tools Compared - Chart | Serious Play | Scoop.it

Over the last few weeks I've published charts comparing student response systems, timeline creation tools, and mind mapping tools. This chart comparing my five favorite web-based audio recording and editing tools is the next chart in the series. Eventually, all of these charts will be combined into one file.

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Voice Record Pro for iPhone and iPad

Voice Record Pro for iPhone and iPad | Serious Play | Scoop.it

Voice Record Pro is a professional voice recorder. It allows you to record voice memos and on-site sounds at unlimited length with configurable quality. Recorded voices are in standard AAC/MP4/M4A format. Voice Record Pro can record directly in MP4 (AAC), MP3 (MPEG) and WAV (PCM) formats plus convert function for all supported formats.


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DemmyAnd's comment, February 18, 2015 5:23 PM
I would like to know if there is such a web tool for android phones.
Mayra.Loves.Books's curator insight, March 1, 2015 11:40 AM

HT Recorder is also a great voice recording app. The difference? HT Recorder is not free.

Sandrine Pac-Kenny's curator insight, March 17, 2015 6:09 AM

I use it all the time in language class. Best app on my iPad. 

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Bunkr Is Now The Definitive PowerPoint Alternative Designed For The Web

Bunkr Is Now The Definitive PowerPoint Alternative Designed For The Web | Serious Play | Scoop.it

Making a presentation in Bunkr can be much more powerful, interactive and quick than making the same presentation in PowerPoint. The difference between PowerPoint and Bunkr is now very clear. If you need to create 10 slides with bullet points and tables, PowerPoint is still the right tool. But if you want to make a modern presentation with videos, articles from the web and tweet embeds, Bunkr is the way to go.

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Ten Reflective Questions to Ask at the End of Class

Ten Reflective Questions to Ask at the End of Class | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Use these ten reflective questions at the end of class to help learners deepen their understandings of themselves and their work.

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Mary Cunningham's curator insight, April 4, 2015 12:35 PM

These would be great questions for the end of any and all PD sessions we do!

Maybe they should take the place of the surveys we usually do?

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How to Win Your Audience’s Heart in 7 Minutes

How to Win Your Audience’s Heart in 7 Minutes | Serious Play | Scoop.it

The average attention span of today’s audience member is short — 7 minutes to be exact. You either win their hearts in the first few minutes or are forgotten forever.

Don’t believe me?

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Make YouTube videos more interactive with "cards"

Make YouTube videos more interactive with "cards" | Serious Play | Scoop.it
YouTube annotations – often useful uploader addendums, other times annoying distractions. Today though, the video platform is announcing a new and improved tool: cards. Cards are like interactive annotations that allow…

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Get your copy of the Book Creator Teacher Guide - Book Creator app | Blog

Get your copy of the Book Creator Teacher Guide - Book Creator app | Blog | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Adam Foster of @iPadTeachers has written an excellent guide to using Book Creator in the classroom. Only 99¢ / 49p on the iBooks Store!
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Word Cloud Generator

Word Cloud Generator | Serious Play | Scoop.it

Generate word clouds from text or URL.


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suzanne mcmahan's curator insight, March 16, 2015 9:14 AM

It doesn't get any easier than this!

A.K.Andrew's curator insight, March 16, 2015 11:14 AM

Word clouds are useful in all kinds of ways for writers to look at repetition, as well as for use in the classroom.

SMARTERTEACHER's curator insight, March 16, 2015 6:52 PM

Word Generators are great ways to get students to think about the associations between words and concepts. 

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Ten Reasons to Laugh in Class John Spencer

Ten Reasons to Laugh in Class John Spencer | Serious Play | Scoop.it

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Arizona State University, Claire McLaughlin's curator insight, March 11, 2015 10:25 PM

I truly believe humor has a place in the classroom if appropriate and absolutely no harm is done.  After reading the list of ten reasons to have laughter in the classroom, I can honestly  say I don't have a favorite because I like them all!

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4 Things Every Student Must DO to Preserve their Work

4 Things Every Student Must DO to Preserve their Work | Serious Play | Scoop.it
» 4 Things Every Student Must DO to Preserve their Work |

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Melissa Molitor's curator insight, March 10, 2015 8:28 AM

Working towards paper-less instruction, this is important! When you save your work as a PDF, it is very difficult for others to alter it.

Sue Osborne's curator insight, March 10, 2015 5:48 PM

A handy infographic, this one!

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Brisk and Bright Approaches for National Poetry Month

Brisk and Bright Approaches for National Poetry Month | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Poetry is language at its most distilled and powerful. Show students its life and wonder by teasing poems apart with creative strategies for reciting and rewriting.
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