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February 24

You got my note over the weekend, so you know this will be the night of many returns. I’ll give back and go over some lessons from the photo assignment, the coding and the ENP post.  Then we will

have discussion #3 with Erin, Amanda and Cody
open the two demo files and experiment with Audacity; I [...]

Audio update

A reminder that the audio assignment is now due March 10, the first class after break. Here is a useful link from our educational technology folks on options for recording and posting audio. It covers SoundCloud (you can record directly), Audacity (and this is the PDF I handed out) and getting an app that’s better [...]

February 3

Tonight’s agenda:

Links from last week on photos, RSS, Twitter, etc.
The Pheed Philadelphia post is due tonight. When I grade that I will also be checking that your blog is set up properly, so that means:

Under General be sure your blog Title and Tagline make sense.
Start your Categories and Tags under the Posts menu and add [...]

Audio II

 

 

Olympus saves files as WMA (Windows Media Audio) which Audacity can’t import. You’ll need to come to the front (or Center for New Media) to convert your files to .WAV or MP3 to bring into Audacity. I’ve got an app called Switch to do that, which you can download for a brief free trial (lasts [...]

February 13

As outlined in an email today, if we are canceled you will still

check the course blog; read article on Patch.com

Patch, formerly of AOL

be sure you have finished and FTPed the HTML/CSS and PHP files and linked to them on your Other page (see revised instructions Jan. 30 Part II post)
finish your farm bill/SNAP 200-word [...]

Feb. 6

Agenda for this week:

finish the HTML/CSS/PHP and FTP them to a page (e.g. Other or Tech Stuff); be sure these are up by next week, Feb. 13
hand back and go over Tom Wingert posts; note lessons for later
get a handout on AP style for subsequent blog posts;
assign another post on issues connected to nutrition looking [...]

February 25-Audio, mainly

As noted via e-mail, the mics now work with Audacity (although one headset was not working). The key is to set up the mic before you open Audacity. So we will try recording in again, as you will also need this for the Soundslides project (posted Wednesday), and everyone should be able to report that [...]

February 20

Today:

be sure comments show on your blog (Settings-Discussion-> and uncheck the two Approval boxes AND Comments -> allow if blocked comments are there)
several announcements (buy NHNP raffle tickets!)
the nutrition quiz to help with your blog post due Monday; also watch for a film called A Place at the Table opening March 1
Jon Matos has some [...]

Audio 2

 

 

Olympus saves files as WMA (Windows Media Audio) which Audacity can’t import. You’ll need to come to the front (or Center for New Media) to convert your files to .WAV or MP3 to bring into Audacity. I’ve got an app called Switch to do that, which you can download for a brief free trial (lasts [...]

Audio 2

Don’t forget to look at Briggs Chapter 7 and the tips in Audio 1 below. To get started, download this practice file (Right click Save Link As or Save Target As). Try duplicating this track, add a narration (see handout).

Audacity free audio editor

Olympus saves files as WMA (Windows Media Audio) which Audacity can’t import. [...]

Audio 1

For your audio, read Chapter 7 in Briggs. You should end up with a checklist of basic tips:

keep sentences and words simple; one idea per sentence
repeat ideas or questions if complicated
sound like you’re talking, not reading; be a performer
take note of where you’re recording
ideally, wear headphones
get some natural sound (“NATSON”) in 15-second chunks
tell your subject [...]

Practice photos

#gallery-1 {
margin: auto;
}
#gallery-1 .gallery-item {
float: left;
margin-top: 10px;
text-align: center;
width: 33%;
}
#gallery-1 img {
border: 2px solid #cfcfcf;
}
#gallery-1 .gallery-caption {
margin-left: 0;
}

The King’s Way, Prague

Switch

We’re missing a key piece of software. It’s called Switch (discussed below) and we need it to convert your WMA files from the Olympus to MP3 so you can mix it in Audacity.

I have it and can convert as needed today. Also MMS can do this for you. So let’s still aim to get this [...]

Playing audio

This turns out to be a bit of a can (of worms). Sort of like video embeds. You’ll note in the post below that I could only get a link to the MP3. I have since installed the Audio Player plug-in and have to see if it gives me a fourth option in the install [...]

Audio 2

Some ideas for the audio assignment: go ahead and download Audacity with the LAME encoder (both free) as mentioned on the first handout. Be sure you know where the encoder is installed, as noted. That’s what allows you to export to .MP3 so you can post it on your blog.

While you’re at it, get Switch [...]

Audio

OK. We’re going to dive into audio and Audacity. This will also be required knowledge for your Soundslides project after break.

You will produce a 90-second to two-minute audio story related to your blog topic. You need to have some narration, perhaps an introduction that lays out what follows (notably the question; see below), and at [...]