Showing posts with label Sound Loops. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Sound Loops. Show all posts

Friday, August 3, 2012

Create a B-Roll Media Gallery for Your Classroom

Credit: Alexkerhead
Whenever I run workshops on creating videos I stress that the best way to avoid any worries about copyright is to have students use their own video clips, images, and sounds in their projects. But often this is not feasible because you don't have enough time in your class schedule for kids to go out and capture or create all of the media they might need. One solution to this is to teach students to search for Creative Commons licensed works. Another solution is to have a gallery of B-roll media that your students can choose from.

To create a B-roll gallery you and your students should be taking pictures, recording videos, and capturing audio throughout the school year. Do this for a couple of school years and you will build a useful gallery of B-roll media.

Tools for creating a B-roll gallery:
This list can get you started, but it's just the tip of iceberg when you consider how many web and mobile apps are available to you and your students.

Aviary's Mobile image editor is a free app for iOS and Android devices. The Aviary mobile app allows you to quickly crop images and add effects to your images. What I like about Aviary's mobile app is that unlike Instagram you don't have to register or join any social networks.

To capture quick audio recordings try AudioBoo for Android and iOS devices.

To organize your gallery of B-roll media try using DropItToMe to have students contribute to a DropBox folder. If you're working in a Google Apps for Education environment use shared folders in Google Drive.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Experiment With Sounds on Incredibox

Incredibox is a neat website that allows you to create unique rhythms and sounds from drag-and-drop menu. The sounds in the menus are recordings of a Bobby McFerrin-like artist making "human beat box" sounds. You can experiment with different sound loops, choruses, and instrumental sounds to create your own unique sound loops.

To use Incredibox just head over to the website, select the English or French version, then start mixing sounds by dragging from the menu to the "people field." Every time you add a new sound a new person appears in the screen. Click a person to delete the sound he represents.











Thanks to David Kapuler for sharing this link.

Applications for Education
Unfortunately, there does not appear to be a way to download the sound loops you create on Incredibox. That said, it could still be a good resource for students to use to experiment with rhythms and sounds in an introduction to music course.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
5 Resources for Creating and Hosting Podcasts
Myna - Free Online Audio Mixer
Free Guide - Making Videos on the Web

Friday, July 16, 2010

Free Sound Effects Library

Free SFX is a provider of free, royalty-free sound effect loops. The catalog of free sound effects can be browsed by genre or searched by keyword tag. Once you have registered for a free account you can begin downloading any of the free sound effect loops. One thing to take note of is Free SFX does mix in some “premium” results. Premium sound effects are not free to download.

Applications for Education
Free SFX could be a good resource for locating sounds that your students can use in podcasts, videos, and other multimedia productions.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
5 Resources for Creating and Hosting Podcasts
Myna - Free Online Audio Mixer
Free Guide - Making Videos on the Web

Thursday, December 11, 2008

55 Places for Free Sound Effects

Just in case I haven't mentioned it enough lately, Twitter is a great place to find information. Not a day goes bye that I don't find a dozen or more interesting things that could be used in the classroom. Obviously, I don't write about all of them, but some links I just have to share with you. 55 Great Websites to Download Free Sound Effects, a list compiled by Hongkiat.com, is a must-bookmark for anyone that teaches podcasting or video creation.

Applications for Education
As podcasting and video creation becomes more accessible to teachers and students the need for sources of free sound effects will continue to increase. This list of sources provides something for everyone.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Free Music and Pictures for Schools

Angela Maiers shares a lot of good Internet resources with her followers on Twitter. A few days ago she shared a link to Soundzabound. Soundzabound is a source for royalty-free music that students can use in presentations, websites, and elsewhere. Most of the music requires the purchase of a licensing agreement from Soundzabound although there are some free 30 second loops that you can download. In addition to Soundzabound, you may want to try the Free Sound Project or Sound Snap (where I have gotten short loops for students to use).

Last week the Blog Herald published a list of five good places to find free and legal images. The list included Photo Dropper, Zemanta, Gum Gum, Pic App, and Voxant Newsroom. Of the five sources I've only used Pic App and Voxant Newsroom with students. Both are good places to find images related to stories in the news. If you or your students are looking for more images related to broad topics you may want to try Wikimedia Commons.

Applications for Education
As more and more students produce content that appears on the web the need for students to be aware of places to find legal sounds and images will increase. The image sources listed by the Blog Herald and the sound sources shared above are good places for students to find the media they need.