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  • What is eLearning?Learning that is conducted via electronic media, which is facilitated by the use of digital tools.… or much simpler put…Using technology to deliver learning.This PPT can be found on Slidesharehttp://www.slideshare.net/wilmuedtech
  • Today’s trends demonstrate text and texting have overtaken personal voice in communicating with one another.Gartner, the technology research company, predicts that by 2013 online video will be commonplace.http://www.lindsayabbottvoiceover.com/2011/02/audio-and-the-e-learning-industry/ Even though the trends show the high use of text, students today will learn more quickly if you envelope all their senses; The generation that grew up with television will want that same experience in learning.Instructors have to consider the different learning styles of students and use different forms of media to meet their needs. Audio is important in the classroom, either using audio as a teacher or having your students utilize audio themselves.Engage your students by replacing dry text reading with interesting audio. Become an edu-tainer by using voice in your online course. Using voice will engage students and increase learning.
  • How do we communicate in a course?All those wayslisted can be done in an online course. And all can be enhanced with audio.
  • The 1st part of the audio chain is the sound card. The next time you purchase a computer, put money in an upgraded sound card, since the sound card does most of the “behind the scenes work.” You need a good microphone, its probably the 2nd most important part of the audio chain. you don't have to spend a lot of money on a microphone for voice to computer recording. But look at consumer ratings and reviews to help you decide. Microphone Connector to Computer– either USB or the 3.5mm mini plug.One microphone connector is the TRS connector, also known as the jack, in 1/4" (6.35 mm), 3.5 mm, and 2.5 mm sizes, and in both mono and stereo configurations. TRS stands for “Tip ring sleeve” Headphone cables consist of three separate wires. One carries the signal for the left headphone driver, the second has the signal for the right headphone driver, and the third wire is the grounded wire.The microphone with the USB connection is nowadays most common and easily plug and playable.Read more: How to Make a Headphone Cable | eHow.comhttp://www.ehow.com/how_7670935_make-headphone-cable.html#ixzz1cNXqkd8ZNot all microphone plugs that appear to be stereo are actually stereo. Many mono computer microphones use 3-conductor TRS 3.5 mm plugs in order to carry other signals, such as bias power for an electric element, to or from the microphone.Length of cord – if you are wearing the headset or lapel mic, make sure it is at least 6 feet long to get around the desk.Troubleshooting the microphone – probably the biggest problem you’ll face is making sure the microphone you’re using is selected as the input device on your computer and in the recording software you are using.Plugging the microphone in the correct port. Logitech H530 Headset – 34.60 Amazon, 49.00 at Staples and Office DepotAudio-Technica AT2020 USB Condenser USB Microphone 99.95 highly rated at Amazon.com windows and mac compatible. Low self-noise - perfectly suited for sophisticated digital recording equipment Audio-Technica ATR-35S Lavalier Microphone $23.24High-quality condenser miniature lavalier microphone Great for video use, also ideal for aerobics/dance/sports instructors 3.5mm Mini-plug for use with most cameras and home recording systems Integrated 20-foot cable; on/off switch Includes tie clip, battery, foam windscreen, and 1/4-inch adapter Condenser element Omnidirectional polar pattern Sony ICD-UX512RED Digital Flash Voice Recorder this sony icdux512 is the best for the price. very clear and record like 30 feet from the instructor in a class and still clear. excellent. everything working. amazon ship this item so fast. less than one week for shipping. thank amazon. $74.07
  • One thing you must consider is how the microphone picks up the sound waves.OmnidirectionalPicks up sound evenly from all directions (omni means "all" or "every"). UnidirectionalPicks up sound predominantly from one direction. This includes cardioid and hypercardioid microphones… recording Direction – Cardiod – picks up sounds from the front, reduces pickup of sounds from sides and rearBidirectionalPicks up sound from two opposite directions.
  • Blackboard bought two companies, Wimba and Elluminate.Colleges using wimba or Ellumniate can either continue to use their existing software or shift to the new Collaborate platform at no additional cost. Blackboard plans to gradually phase out the products—it promises support for the current version of Elluminate through December of 2012 and of Wimba Classroom until January of 2014.July 2011, Blackboard announced a new version of collaboration software tools called Collaborate.
  • From the Tool Box, If the check box is selected, students may also use this tool to create an audio file and send.
  • In the online classroom, student and instructor communication is often limited to text and static images.  Instead of a regular Discussion Board, try Voice Board. Important elements of face-to-face communication, including the nuances of voice, are missing from text-based discussions.  contributing to greater clarity and understanding.
  • 15 sec to 20 minute limit recording
  • Microsoft Word 2003 had an audio review solution to record audio on feedback, however since then the process has become left out in Word 2010.One solution is to open the students .doc file and open Microsoft One Note.Using the recording tools, record, stop and copy the audio file between programs.Save the students paper and attach in the View Attempts page as an attachment.
  • Must be aware of mac vs pc computers; you need to copy and paste .mp3 or .wav file for students. Some computers won’t play the .wma file extension
  • Our trial is with Audio-TechnicaATR-35S Lavalier Microphone $23.24 (so far it is in testing and we have yet to determine if this is the best microphone in our environment.)High-quality condenser miniature lavalier microphone Great for video use, also ideal for aerobics/dance/sports instructors 3.5mm Mini-plug for use with most cameras and home recording systems Integrated 20-foot cable; on/off switch Includes tie clip, battery, foam windscreen, and 1/4-inch adapter Condenser element Omnidirectional polar pattern CAD U1 USB Dynamic Recording Microphone $24.78 Amazon.com
  • "Instead of canceling class during a snowstorm, I met my students virtually," recalls Frydenberg of one instance when he used the application. "They met me on join.me, where I shared my screen, and we all called in to listen to the conversation. I called on students in the chat room who had questions, and asked individual students to complete different steps of a software demonstration." http://campustechnology.com/articles/2011/02/15/free-meeting-app-goes-mobile.aspx?sc_lang=en
  • Used by educators all over the world, Voxopoptalkgroups are a fun, engaging and easy-to-use way to help students develop their speaking skills. They're a bit like message boards, but use voice rather than text and a have a specialised user interface. No longer confined to a physical classroom, teachers and students of oral skills can interact from home, or even from opposite sides of the planet! Anywhere. Anytime. . Language learningConversation practiceCollaboration projectsOral presentationsVoxopopTalkgroups can be Public, Restricted or entirely Private.
  • The website is http://blabberize.com/. this siteallows teachers/students to upload pictures from saved images or document cameras and add a sound source to it. This web tool is a great alternative for students who are uncomfortable giving oral presentations. I would use this in the classroom during a history lesson on important people from the past and give the students the opportunity to use their voice to give their figure life. There is no cost for this website as of now, you simply register with a name and email.
  • VoiceThread is a web-based application that allows you to place collections of media like images, videos, documents, and presentations at the center of an asynchronous conversation. A VoiceThread allows people to have conversations and to make comments using any mix of text, a microphone, a web cam, a telephone, or uploaded audio file. VoiceThread runs inside your web browser, so there is no software to download, install, or update.
  • Record online what ever you want: ideas, thoughts, the day's events, speeches, conversations, interviews, singing, shouting, messages, even you latest standup routine.Recordings are saved in a secure area.
  • "It takes them back to the poster presentation, but it's so much more interactive.
  • Create video of what you see on your computer monitor.Share it instantly via web, email, IM, Twitter or your blog Create a video orientation in an online course: orientation, show how to do something, introduces new concepts, and delivers individual feedback on projects, give students a rewind button to play back instruction.Camtasia is the King of Jing… more editing tools, transitions, call-outs and zoom and pan effects are available in Camtasia.
  • Alexandra Pickett, associate director of the SUNY Learning Network, uses Audioboo to give oral feedback instead of written review, which she believes leads to increased learning and engagement. Being able to make audio comments is also a huge time-saver, she claims: "Boos make my feedback richer and more extensive, my teaching and social presence more meaningful."
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  • eLearning Talk It Out, Using Voice in Your Course

    1. 1. marybeth.-.youse@wilmu.edu Instructional Technologist Wilmington Universityhttp://www.slideshare.net/wilmuedtech
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    3. 3.  Announcements Deliver lectures Encourage student participation ◦ ask questions ◦ discussion Assignments Provide feedback Tests Collaboration 3
    4. 4.  Microphone to Computer ◦ Connector  TRS 3.5mm  USB - Compare USB Microphones ◦ Cord – at least 6’ ◦ Troubleshooting – selected as the correct input device Voice Recorder  Removable media or USB flash device Smart Devices  Apps 4
    5. 5.  Omnidirectional Unidirectional  Cardiod  Hypercardiod Bidirectional  http://www.mediacollege.com/audio 5
    6. 6.  Blackboard Voice Tools – Wimbahttp://www.wimba.com/assets/swfs/DIL/DayintheLife-HE.html 6
    7. 7.  Voice Announcements 7
    8. 8.  A synchronous live, virtual classroom environment: audio, video, application sharing and content display Advanced features  polling, white board  presenter on-the-fly  resizable chat areas  participant lists  usage analytics tools Wimba events can be archived View archive at a later date as MP3 or MP4 8
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    10. 10.  Audio messages inside the content area Some LMS has Voice Authoring as a Mashup Explain Assignments Provide clear explanations 10
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    12. 12.  Send e-mail including text and embedded audio. You can send to selected users or all students in the course. 12
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    15. 15.  Asynchronous discussion Record audio discussions topics (audio blog) Record a reply to existing topics. Wimba VoiceBoard captures elements of communication  Student Introductions  Teach a speech class: Analyze the discussion  Teach a language class: Pronunciation & Delivery  Students pay attention to detail when having to speak what they wrote  Allows International students opportunities to speak English in class http://www.wimba.com/solutions/higher- education/wimba_voice_for_higher_education/ 15
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    17. 17.  Instructors post URL link with an associated audio recording Students then post audio comments 17
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    19. 19.  A podcast is a digital audio file distributed over the Internet. It allows you and your students to author (and/or upload) vocal recordings. Easily distribute the Podcast using Wimba Podcaster Download audio from the feed, or subscribe using their preferred RSS reader. 19
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    21. 21.  Provide students audio feedback on their submitted written documents Microsoft OneNote Record in Audacity Record in Web 2 tool 21
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    23. 23.  Records instruction to digital format Lectures, guest speakers  Content review  Alternative to missed classes  Content for online course development Tools:  Software  Microphone  Camera Content delivery models  Course links, podcasts, mobile, com puters http://net.educause.edu/ir/lib rary/pdf/ELI7044.pdf 23
    24. 24.  Lync – Enterprise conferencing server product – from Lync Server 2010  Instructors need the Lync Client installation  Lync Client or Lync Attendee 24
    25. 25. ◦ Skype- VoIP application◦ Basic plan -free or inexpensive◦ Application can run installed on a computer◦ Run from a flash drive◦ WebCam and voice communication across every device and platform 25
    26. 26.  ToxBox ◦ Free ◦ Video calls for up to 20 users ◦ video messages ◦ text chat ◦ share YouTube videos in-line ◦ invite friends from Facebook, Gmail, Yahoo, Windows Live, AIM, or via email ◦ embed video chat and recorder widgets ◦ user-friendly interface JoinMe.com, freeconferencing.com, freeconference.com ◦ Free ◦ Screen sharing ◦ Phone conference -dial in to a common call 26
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    28. 28.  Vocaroo ◦ Simple voice recording ◦ Free ◦ No Software install required ◦ Click to record, click to stop ◦ Send link ◦ Embed the HTML code on a web page ◦ Download as .wav or as .ogg ◦ http://vocaroo.com/ 28
    29. 29.  Voxopop http://www.voxopop.com/ ◦ Language learning ◦ Conversation practice ◦ Collaboration projects ◦ Oral presentations ◦ http://www.voxopop.com/topic/1d00ef51-d2f9-409e-b8c2- 2d73350615e1 29
    30. 30.  Voki ◦ Create Avatar ◦ Users add text, audio content ◦ Deliver project critiques ◦ http://voki.com/ ◦ http://www.voki.com/pickup.php?scid=4203451&he ight=267&width=200 30
    31. 31. Vozme Add your text, choose male or female voice, choose a language Convert to speech Create and download as mp3 file to share Free http://vozme.com/index.php?lang=en 32
    32. 32.  VoiceThread ◦ Voice behind images or videos ◦ Comments can be added from text or audio ◦ http://voicethread.com ◦ http://voicethread4education.wikispaces.com/ 33
    33. 33.  Aviary’s Mynahttp://www.aviary.com/tools/audio-editor Online audio editor ◦ Free Recording Tool – record up to 2 hours ◦ Import media ◦ Editing Tracks ◦ Download the recording  MP3  Wav ◦ Embed the file to a website ◦ Publish to Aviary or SoundCloud ◦ Share the recording on social networking sites 34
    34. 34.  Voissehttp://www.voisse.com/Record, Keep and Share Your Voice ◦ Free and pay options ◦ Record voice  Online/Computer w/microphone  Phone-in  Uploaded files ◦ Saved in “My Voisses” ◦ Ideas  Podcast Slide Shows  Record lessons  Training  Lectures  Keynote speeches  News ◦ Add an image to support the words 35
    35. 35.  Glogster  http://www.glogster.com/ ◦ EDU – Teacher account  http://edu.glogster.com/  http://jsavage2.edu.glogster.com/glog-3211-8566/ ◦ Single user = free ◦ Classroom pack = fee ◦ Incorporate audio ◦ Video ◦ Links ◦ Text ◦ Images 36
    36. 36. TechSmithhttp://www.techsmith.com/ ◦ Jing  Create video  Share it instantly  Simple and free  Jing enhances online content ◦ Camtasia Studio  Dynamic instructional videos  Record PowerPoint  Record your screen  Edit  Produce  Share 37
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    39. 39.  Audacity & Lame http://audacity.sourceforge.net/ http://audacity.sourceforge.net/help/faq?s=install&i=lame-mp3 Free audio recording& editing software Natural Readers http://www.naturalreaders.com/index.htm ◦ Free software ◦ Voice reader- reads text on your computer Audioboo http://audioboo.fm/ ◦ Application: Mobile/web platform for audio recording/uploading ◦ 3 minutes free 40
    40. 40.  PPT 2007 41
    41. 41. Insert Objects Audio Music 42
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    43. 43.  Speech is Powerful Raise Your Voice! Let Your Voice Be Heard Express Your Inner Voice Spark a Conversation Speak the Same Language Say What You Mean and Mean What You Say! Offer Sound Advice Be a Helpful Voice … if you want students to “Get the Message”… Use YOUR Voice 44
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