Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Music Teaching Via Polycom Demonstration

Here is a short demonstration of video conferencing assisted distance learning I did at Memorial University on Nov. 29th. The audience is made up of intermediate and high school
student teachers in their final year of study. This demonstration is one part of a large presentation on the work of the Centre for Distance Learning and Innovations (CDLI).

Feel free to sing along :)


Sunday, December 16, 2007

Learner-Center Web-Based Teaching and Learning

Learner-Center Web-Based Teaching and Learning

In 2006/07 I worked with Dr. Andrea Rose and Dr. Elizabeth Murphy on a collaborative inquiry examining the learner-centerness of teaching and learning music via the Internet. Here is a video highlighting some of this work.


Friday, December 14, 2007

I found this neat place where I can simply upload a file I wish to share with someone. The site is called drop.io. I think this could be very useful when I need to share a large file or files with someone.


I recently came across a site called doodlekit which offers a very simple interface for creating your own website. It seems to be pretty intuitive and have quite a few features.


Monday, December 10, 2007

Friday, December 07, 2007

Tips for Recording Audio and Video

Boy, what a busy time of year. A music teacher's work is never done around now :)

Like many music teachers, I am involved in many concerts around this time of year. From time to time I like to record some of our shows. Here are a couple of things that I do to help get our shows recorded nicely.

I use a small digital audio recorder called the Edirol R-09. It gives great sound quality and is small enough to fit in my pocket. Before we begin playing I will lay the recorder on a chair or a music stand close to the stage, turn it on and let it do its thing.

It seems like every parent these days brings along a video camera to their children's shows. I never have a problem getting some video footage.

When I get the video footage and my audio recording I combine the two in iMovie or Windows Movie Maker. By combining the audio and video this way I get a great audio signal rather than the one captured by the parent's camera.

To edit the audio I sometimes use Audacity. This is a great free audio editor. Oftentimes I get my students to do the editing of our concert recordings. This is a great little project and they have WAY more patience than I do for these sorts of things.