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Noisli - background noise and colour generator ideal for working and relaxing.

Noisli - background noise and colour generator ideal for working and relaxing. | technologies |

Noisli is a fantastic background noise and colour generator ideal for working and relaxing.

John Dalziel's insight:

Noisli is a background noise and colour generator ideal for use within media production or working and relaxing.
Noisli includes many high-quality sounds to help practitioners, and/or learners, focus while working, relief anxiety or to just relax while reading or before going to sleep.
Noisli also provides a colour changing background.

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Ask3 | technologies |
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Ask3 (from TechSmith, the makers of Jing and Camtasia) is...
- screencasting software,
- collaboration tool,
- differentiation platform and
- scaffolded support system all rolled into one FREE iOS app.
Learners and/or practitioners can draw on a virtual whiteboard, record their drawings, narration and even annotate over pictures.
Ask3 also...
- allows learners to automatically upload these screencasts so that they are instantly viewable from all iPads logged into the same "class".
- also gives learners the ability to comment on each other's video - from within the video timeline; they can pause the screencast and add their own comment(s), question(s) or suggestion(s). All of these comments are instantly viewable for the class and practitioner to see and reply to.
There's more.
If text isn't enough to answer a question. Peers and/or practitioners can...
- pause the video where they want to provide help,
- comment,
- ask a question or solve the problem.
Ask3 then allows them to screencast over that paused image and to create their own video response, taking over from where the original video left off.
The video response is then available for the class to view in the timeline as well.
I'm sure that's enough to enthuse potential users.

Mark Ayton's curator insight, August 15, 2013 6:28 AM

Need a simple free tool for instantly preparing, presenting, pre-recording and flipping learning activities? This could be the very thing to get your suite of iPads out of the racks and into action! Thanks to @acljohn for another great find.

Tina Jameson's curator insight, August 15, 2013 7:08 PM

Looks like a very useful collaborative classroom tool.  Free too at the moment so well worth trying!

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Chirbit - Record, Upload and Share Audio Easily - Social Audio

Chirbit - Record, Upload and Share Audio Easily - Social Audio | technologies |
Share audio on Twitter, Facebook, or Tumblr. Embed your audio or voice anywhere online. Upload mp3, wav, aiff or any other format via web or smartphone.
John Dalziel's insight:

Chirbit is podcasting software
It allows users to...
- share audio clips with others via Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and more;
- record their own voice, directly froma browser, using only a webcam or microphone;
- upload up to 120mb of audio per file including wav, mp3, ogg, amr, m4a, wmf, aiff and 3gp formats;
- record and post audio from any smartphones with a voice note appandemail;
- embed their audio anywhere with the HTML5 player;
- extract audio from YouTube videos;
- get a unique QR code for each of their audio posts;
- Upload an image for their audio post.
- Transcribe or translate their posts to make them more searchable; and
- Geotag their audio.

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Teaching Packs

Teaching Packs | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

And here is one for Primary School and/or Family Learning Practitioners and more...
Teaching Packs offers complete packs of resources linked to different topics.
Each pack has a wide range of resources, including...
- eBooks (to share with the class on a large display or for use in guided / independent reading),
- audio quizzes,
- activity sheets and
- display resources.
At the time of curation, the range of packs on offer included...
- The Times Tables Pack (with fourteen audio multiplication quizzes),
- The Punctuation Pack (with a guide to all types of punctuation and lots of activities) and
- The Pirates Pack (including a 30 page eBook and lots of related resources).
There is a small charge for them and learning providers can buy packs on an individual basis or subscribe to the site to access every pack.
We are assured that the site will be growing over the coming months, with new packs added as quickly as they can be made!

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Vocaroo | Online voice recorder

Vocaroo | Online voice recorder | technologies |
Vocaroo is a quick and easy way to share voice messages over the interwebs.
John Dalziel's insight:

Vocaro is a voice recording service.

It allows users to easily and instantly record their voice and share it with others.

It can be used to record and share audio clips with learners.

e.g. Practitioners can record answers to assignments that learners would listen to at the end of tasks.

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ICTmagic - wiki

ICTmagic - wiki | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

The awarding winning ICTmagic wiki is packed full with thousands of free links and resources for educators.
Art, Craft & Design;
Early Years;
Food & Cookery;
ICT & Web Tools;
Music, sound & Podcasts; name but a few.

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Narrable | technologies |
Give voice to the stories that matter.
John Dalziel's insight:

Narrable is an online service for creating short narrated slideshows.
Start by uploading some pictures - Record a narration for each picture through the computer's microphone or upload an pre-recorded audio recording. Narrable projects can be shared via email, Facebook, or by embedding them into a blog.
Narrable allows users to have five projects for free.

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YTubePlayer - Listen. Enjoy. Share

YTubePlayer - Listen. Enjoy. Share | technologies |
YTubePlayer is desktop player that lets users watch YouTube videos and build personalized playlist from the comfort of the desktop.
Playlists, are automatically saved until users delete them, and they can create as many playlists as they want.
John Dalziel's insight:

Ideal for creating Course-linked YouTube Video Clips to share with learners.

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Radiolab | technologies |

Radiolab, with Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich, is a radio show and podcast weaving stories and science into sound and music-rich documentaries. 


Radiolab, in their words, is an online radio show...
- about curiosity.
- where sound illuminates ideas, and
- where the boundaries blur between science, philosophy, and human experience.


A radio show that tackles all sorts of whacky science topics that learners are wondering about and/or forgotten to wonder about.


With Listen - Read - Watch options, it isn't only science practitioners who will find useful resources.


Functional English and other practitioners will find Radiolab worth listening to, reading and/or looking at!

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WordTalk - A free text-to-speech plugin for Microsoft Word

WordTalk - A free text-to-speech plugin for Microsoft Word | technologies |
WordTalk - A free text-to-speech plugin for Microsoft Word. For people with reading and writing difficulties, having text reinforced by hearing it read aloud can be very useful.


Do you and/or your learners proof read their work?


When producing documents,I always read the text out loud and, quite often, recorded it at the same time, using Audacity.


That way I spot mistakes that my eyes often miss and I also have the text in a format many learners/colleagues preferred (Audio/mp3 files)


Many people wouldn't be comfortable doing that and prefer text to speech tools.


There are plenty of add-ons to do this task in a browser, but for desktop programs like Microsoft Word, they are a little harder to come by.


WordTalk is an example of a text-to-speech plug-in for Microsoft Word, and best of all, it’s completely free.


WordTalk has all the features users need from a text-to-speech program.


As the text is read, the text is highlighted making it easier to follow along with the audio.


Users can...

- change the colour of the highlight to match their preferences.

- change the speed at which the program reads the text.

- also save the speech for listening to later (WAV or MP3)

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There are numerous text-to-speech applications but seldom do users have the option to control the computerized voice reading the words typed.


LaloLi, a free to use web service that helps you create audio messages, is an exception to this rule.


Type in the require words...
- the application speaks them out loud in a computerized voice.

- adjust the amplitude, pitch, speed, and word gap.


The play button can be used to hear what has been typed with the new settings.


The message URL is updated, in the address bar, for every change made; users can copy it from there and share it with their teacher, peers, friends, family etc; alternatively they can click on the Twitter, Facebook, BitLy, and Google+ buttons to share the link.

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PDFrizator - Easily create PDF presentations!

PDFrizator - Easily create PDF presentations! | technologies |

The PDFrizator is a Freeware tool to create PDF presentations.


Create PDF presentations, setting up page transition effects, automatic page advance timse and a presentation background music/audio track.


The one thing I found useful was the option to install in portable mode. Works well but I found it needs Adobe Reader 9.5 for the audio and transitions to work.

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When installed on a Learning Provider's website SpeakPipe provides a good way for stakeholders, prospects, etc., to leave voicemail messages without picking up a phone.


SpeakPipe messages can be downloaded to a computer so if practitioners need a simple way for learners to record their voices for use in a multimedia project, SpeakPipe might be handy to have on a VLE/classroom blog/web presence.


Note: with SpeakPipe installed anyone can click on the "send voicemail" button and leave a message.
- When a visitor clicks the "leave voicemail" button they will be prompted to allow access to their computer.
- the visitor can start recording a message for you.
- Visitors can, but don't have to, enter their names and email addresses for you.


Learning Providers can listen to and download the messages left for them in your SpeakPipe inbox.


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ButtonGen | Radioplayer

ButtonGen | Radioplayer | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

For those of us based in the UK, add radio stations to your web-presence using the Button Generator from Radioplayer.

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Soo Meta — Storytelling + Polls In One Compact Format.

Soo Meta — Storytelling + Polls In One Compact Format. | technologies |
Flip Web Content Into Video Lessons
John Dalziel's insight:

Soo Meta allows practitioners, and/or learners, to combine...
- videos from YouTube,
- pictures from the web or from your desktop,
- text, and
- voice recordings create a presentation.
Soo Meta now also allows users to insert a quiz into their projects.
This means that those viewing Soo Meta projects can watch a short video clip then answer questions about it before moving onto the next part of the presentation.
Soo Meta is an ideal tool for creating short flipped lessons for learners.

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Convert Audio Online - Free MP3, WAV, OGG, WMA file conversion & streaming

Convert Audio Online - Free MP3, WAV, OGG, WMA file conversion & streaming | technologies |
Convert multiple music files to MP3, WAV, OGG, or WMA at once or stream your audio files over the internet for free.
John Dalziel's insight:

Start uploading, converting, and streaming your audio files absolutely free. Just follow these simple steps to generate your first playlist or convert your audio files.

BrowseSelectWait for uploadConvert or Stream

Note: there is a maximum audio file size of 15MB and currently it is unable to provide a service for converting M4P files.

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Mobile Media Converter online

Mobile Media Converter online | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

Mobile Media Converter...
- allows users to convert YouTube videos to audio files.
- offers 4 audio output formats: MP3, OGG, AAC, and WMA
- allows users to select from 3 sound qualities: worst, medium, and best


It sends email notifications when conversions are complete.

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QR voice

QR voice | technologies |
Generates qr-code for a synthesized voice message
John Dalziel's insight:

QR Voice allows users to create QR codes that, when scanned, will play a short audio message.

QR Voice can be used by practitioners to...

record their audio messages andprint them out in the form of QR codes and thenhand them out/email/blog post etc., learners.

QR Voice is easy to use.

To create your own QR code just...

click the microphone icon in the empty bar and record the audio message; orforthose who don't like the sound of their own voice, type in a message.

Either way you are allowed just 100 characters.

Click the Blue & Black QR code button to create the Code.

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Free Online Language Learning

Free Online Language Learning | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

Surface Languages could be a handy little resource for learners to use, to listen to pronunciations of words and phrases of the languages that they're studying.

Learners can use the free Surface Languages Android apps to continue their practice on the move. 

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Coub: The next generation of moving images

Coub: The next generation of moving images | technologies |
Get inspired and create your own coubs.

If there is one flaw to the GIF animation format, it is the lack of audio. Here's a new way to easily share short animations, just like the GIF animations, but with the audio.

John Dalziel's insight:

Coub is a free to use web service that lets practitioners and learners create and share short videos that can be up to 10 seconds long in length. Users can create these videos by uploading their own videos to the website. Alternatively, they can use the URLs of videos that are present on YouTube or Vimeo. After their video has been loaded up, they can select which portion of it you want to be selected for the 10 second Coub.

After their Coub is created, it can be shared with colleagues, peers, assessors etc., or embed it in websites for a variety of professional uses.

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Toolbox PRO: Timer

Another useful timer for practitioners; one plus is the range of audios that can be played when the set time is reached.

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Websites To Download Free Audio Books

Websites To Download Free Audio Books | technologies |

As I'm sure you are all aware, audiobooks are recordings of books which are read aloud.


Why would we need audio books if we can read books ourselves?


Audio books can be listened to via audio devices while travelling or commuting to work.


Audio books are useful for...
- the visually impaired,
- learning a new language to ensure you don’t pronounce a foreign phrase wrongly because you can listen to exactly how it is spoken.
- busy people who love a good read, but just don’t have the time to sit down to bury their faces in their favorite classics.


This post provides a list of 20 websites where everyone can download free audio books.

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SpeakPipe - listen to your stakeholders

SpeakPipe - listen to your stakeholders | technologies |

SpeakPipe is a free service for receiving voicemail messages from visitors to your blog or website.


SpeakPipe installed on a learning provider's website, and/or other webpresences, could improve communication by providing an easy way for learners, prospects, employers,community members and others to leave messages.


SpeakPipe's messaging service could also be a good way for learning providers to reach stakeholders etc., who would rather hear a message from you than read a message.

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10 Creative Uses For Audacity

10 Creative Uses For Audacity | technologies |

Audacity,as many of you are already aware, is a free cross-platform application for recording and mixing audio, which also happens to be incredibly powerful and versatile.


Many practitioners and/or learners use Audacity for podcasts or music mixing, but that’s not all it’s good for.


There are so many fantastic things you can do with a program as versatile as Audacity.


This post takes readers through some of the best ideas and provides a few pointers on how to get started doing them themself.


Download Audacity and let’s get started with...
- Multi-Track Music Recording
- Podcasting & Radio
- Record Speeches, Audition Material, Adverts & Voice-Overs
- Recording Audio From Applications
- Practise Foreign Languages And Record Yourself
- Create Audiobooks For Kids Or For Project Gutenberg
- Create Karaoke Backing Tracks
- Record Your Brainwaves
- Make Cool Ringtones
- Improve Reading Skills & Speech By Recording Kids Reading

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SoundCloud - Share Your Sounds

Create, record and share the sounds recorded, with peers, practitioners etc., with SoundCloud, the world's largest community of sound creators.


Sound Cloud has many uses including languages courses.


Learners can record spoken tracks on Sound Cloud and share them their practitioner/teacher/assessor.


The practitioner/teacher/assessor uses the comment feature to provide feedback that is tied directly to each learner's recording.


The comments can be tied to the exact second at which a practitioner/teacher/assessor wishes to provide formative feedback.


Note:SoundCloud allows users to have up to two hours of recordings stored in their account at one time. After that they will need to either delete old recordings or upgrade to a paid plan.

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