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Can You Hear Us? End Of Year Report 08


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Can You Hear Us? is a project from Preston Reservoir Adult Community Education (PRACE) and fellow organisations. Teachers research audio technologies in the ACE classroom. (Related resources at

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Can You Hear Us? End Of Year Report 08

  1. 1. ACE providers: PRACE, Carlton, Glenroy, Moreland & Coonara audio and voice technologies in the classroom
  2. 2. <ul><li>Project Goals </li></ul><ul><li>Find out more about audio technologies – some research </li></ul><ul><li>Use audio technologies in class </li></ul><ul><li>Trial an innovation </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluate the experience </li></ul><ul><li>Write up a lesson plan to share </li></ul>Preston Reservoir ACE & Victorian Learnscope ace [at]
  3. 3. <ul><li>Successes at mid-year (i) </li></ul><ul><li>Recorded assessment tasks to mp3 (VCAL) </li></ul><ul><li>Low-level literacy learners listen and read stories via laptop / mp3 </li></ul><ul><li>VCAL students creating interviews with video camera and editing software </li></ul><ul><li>communication skills teachers video and record student presentations </li></ul><ul><li>Literacy student embeds audio into powerpoint </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers explore portable audio gadgets, and web2 apps (voki, voicethread, skype) </li></ul><ul><li>Set up project wiki, with stream of delicious links </li></ul><ul><li>Created free software CD for teachers </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Successes by end of project (ii) </li></ul><ul><li>Low-level literacy learners listen and read stories via CD at home </li></ul><ul><li>Two ESL groups hook up in a live session via skype </li></ul><ul><li>ICT learners in the community learn by screencast recordings, outside the classroom </li></ul><ul><li>More literacy and ICT students embed audio into powerpoint </li></ul><ul><li>Literacy students create digital stories of their own </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Successes by end of project (iii) </li></ul><ul><li>VCAL teachers interview students, putting audio onto web for other students to listen </li></ul><ul><li>VCAL students use audio editing software (Audacity) and bluetooth to make new ringtones for their phones </li></ul><ul><li>People in Children’s Services course introduce themselves via audio on the web, and create audio avatars with Voki </li></ul><ul><li>Children’s Services students attempt discussion via Voicethread, but the technology betrays their trust </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Technologies </li></ul><ul><li>portable mp3 gadgets (iRiver, iPod) </li></ul><ul><li>sound editor: Audacity (open source) </li></ul><ul><li>headphones, microphones </li></ul><ul><li>instant collaborative web: wikispaces (AccessACE) </li></ul><ul><li>audio avatars: </li></ul><ul><li>microsoft powerpoint </li></ul><ul><li>screencasting: Jing, camstudio </li></ul><ul><li>interactive digital story: Voicethread </li></ul><ul><li>Find the technology that suits your purpose </li></ul>
  7. 7. Listening activities People at Converge created this list on the day .. What other activities would you adapt to a blended solution?
  8. 8. <ul><li>Challenges </li></ul><ul><li>Sessional teacher time </li></ul><ul><li>Ailing equipment </li></ul><ul><li>Windows audio nightmare </li></ul><ul><li>Steep learning curves </li></ul><ul><li>Range of abilities (both teacher and student) </li></ul><ul><li>Mission: support and nurture beginners, challenge and support the leaders !! </li></ul><ul><li>In other words: Keep it simple. </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>Tools for the classroom </li></ul><ul><li>These are the tools people discussed in the workshop. Read their comments on the wiki (address below): </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Digital story - Voicethread </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Avatar - Voki </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Telephone - skype </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Screencast - Jing, camstudio </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Audio on the web - </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Audio technologies in ACE Preston Reservoir Adult Community Education (PRACE) Carlton Neighbourhood Learning Centre Glenroy Neighbourhood Learning Centre Moreland Adult Education Coonara Community House <ul><li>Credits </li></ul><ul><li>Thanks for funding from Australian Flexible Learning Framework </li></ul><ul><li>Thanks also for “creative commons” licensed photos from Flickr users: Grant Neufeld, yousoundhollow, afeman, danieljohnsonr, penmachine and pablosanz - all at </li></ul><ul><li>Contact </li></ul><ul><li>Michael Chalk at PRACE </li></ul><ul><li>9462 6077 </li></ul><ul><li>ace [at] </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>Project Wiki