April, 2007

Creating audio-visual monologues

Nik Peachey

Flipz TV is a really useful piece of free software for creating entertaining audio-visual materials. The software enables you to record your own audio monologues and lip-sync them with a choice of animated talking heads. It then turns them into small Flash files which can be run in a web browser. These can be put on the Internet, run form your computer desktop, or the Flash files can even be delivered to mobile phones. Here’s an example that I created using a Sonnet (130) by William Shakespeare.

Make you own animated movies

Nik Peachey

D- film is a really useful website that has been around for a few years now. The site makes it very easy to create short animated movies with colourful characters and cartoon style dialogue in bubbles. (Be Be careful though, some of the characters may be unsuitable for younger learners less mature students.) The site is really easy to use and you just click your way through various screens selecting backgrounds, characters, scenarios, soundtrack and credits.

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UNICEF: Top 10 Cartoons for Children’s Rights

Nik Peachey

This is a site I spotted a while back and was really impressed by. UNICEF are creating lots of rich media to get their message across and the whole of the site is worth exploring if you are looking for materials to help you tackle some more controversial issues. What's on the site? This is one page I found really useful. On this page you can find 10 really useful short video cartoons which depict the various rights of children.

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Archive. 3 Tools for Exploiting the Wifi During Presentations 3D Computer Games with Young Learners: Spore Creating Social Polls and Questionnaires Using Urtak A Tick List of 21st Century Digital Skills for Teachers Cropping YouTube Videos to Create Activities 10 Teacher Development Task for Web 2.0

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Intent Signal Data 101

Intent signal data helps B2B marketers engage with buyers sooner in the sales cycle. But there are many confusing terms used to describe intent data. Read this infographic to better understand three common areas of confusion.

BBC online media training

Nik Peachey

I’ ve just seen that the BBC has released a lot of its own internal staff training courses and made them available free online at: [link] What's on the site? I’ ve had a look through the courses and they really are good, especially if you want to work with audio for podcasts or video for projects. Some of them are very short, so even if you only have 10 – 15 mins to spare you can still get some development from them.