File Lab offers two web-based editing tools. One for editing video and the other for editing music. Both are easy to use and fairly full featured. File Lab has a intuitive interface and is great for crafting and sharing multimedia creations. This might be a real life saver in your classroom if you dont have access to a standalone editing software package. Access it here.
Dead simple just visit the site hit record - IT will record your pod cast, reading sample, song whatever and then give you a link to share it witht the world through your blog or whatever we service you wish. No Sign up necessary. 10 / 10 for simplicity and ease of use. Check it out here.
Make no mistake Myna is Garageband in the Browser for mine is a far superior product to Soundation but nonetheless Soundation is another great tool for those want to get creative on the web and make some music with minimal fuss. Students and teachers can use this tools as a powerful online sequencer with 11 real time effects, 3 synthesizers, a drum machine and a fully integrated Sound Shop. It has both a free and paid version and is definitely worth a look if music is your thing. Get it here.
What is it: I have not really found a product that is even closely comparable to the quality and simplicity of Apple's Garageband for budding musicians and loopers and it would have to be a real selling point for Apple to teenagers who want be creative and create something fresh and cool. Well after about an hour of playtime I have to say that Aviary's multi track Audio Studio Myna is a close second and quite possibly the web cloud based applications I have yet seen.
This multitrack (Maximumof ten) recording studio allows you to record and edit audio through your browser without destroying your original file add a range of audio effects such as pans, loops, fades and publish the final product to your desktop or publish it online via your Aviary account.
Better still Myna comes with a library of riffs from Quantum Tracks that can be used for educational purposes, and a few sound effects from other sources. You can upload your clips to the service as well, and record directly from your computer take your pick.
Finally it looks great and will be a sinch to kids and anyone who has ever used a linear based editing suite such as Garageband, Vegas or Audacity.
How can I use this in the classroom: Make a podcast of a literacy task?- Make a Music track combine the two into a dramatical old style radio theatre piece or simply try and produce your first hip-hop track. Really the sky is the limit with this one and I am sure you will be full of great ideas specific to your kids needs and wants.
My first impressions of this are that it is excellent and a must try for you and your students - Demo Video included below and Myna can be found here.
The Conservation Mashups project is targeted at students from years 5 to 10. This tool offers students the opportunity to explore the complex issue of palm oil and its threat to wildlife and to take creative action to help save animals from extinction.
Students access a collection of video clips and images and use an online edit tool to 'mash up' their own video to support the 'Don't Palm Us Off' campaign. They can then share their video through a range of social media platforms and on our own gallery. To find out more about the 'Don't Palm Us Off' campaign visit www.zoo.org.au/palmoil.
Every week Storynory publishes a new audio story read by Natasha whose lovely voice will charm and beguile you. You can read her tips here. She draws on fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm or Hans Christian Anderson and seeks out unusual stories from around the world.
Check out Storynory here.