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iMovie versus Garageband for podcasts

Marisa Guastaferro and I collaborate on a Romeo and Juliet podcast. In previous years, the students have used Garageband to put merge images, audio, and music. However, the finished product is a small video that is really ideal for viewing on an iPod and not a big screen. I used to use Quicktime to export their podcast into a bigger format, but it was still pixelated. This year, we decided to use iMovie to blend our projects. I found the above tutorial for creating a slideshow with soundtrack in iMovie.

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“Romeo and Juliet” Garageband podcasts in 6th Grade English

Marisa Guastaferro‘s 6th grade English students are working together in small groups to rewrite a scene from Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet”. The goal is for them to show understanding of the prose and dialogue by translating it into their own words. (The kids also watch West Side Story and compare/contrast the two stories.)

After, students will take pictures of themselves acting out key moments of the scene (like tableau vivant) and record their voices reading their script into a shared GarageBand file. We have them use a Logitech USB microphone and lay it on the table with the microphone upright between them to capture all of their voices equally.

The audio and images will be mashed together in GarageBand. Then, this file will be converted to an .mov file using Quicktime and uploaded to our Drupal video server that we’ve named The Tube (as it is similar to YouTube and we think it’s hilarious to preface anything related to The School with “The”).

Uploading video to The Tube generates embed code, so students can embed their finished podcast onto a shared class Google Site with the rest of their classmates’ projects.

In previous years, students painted enormous backdrops for their scene in Art and composed renaissance-era ambient background tunes in Music.

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Can I link it? Yes you can!

We are all about Google Apps for Education; We migrated the faculty over to GoogleApps last year, and the student body was brought on board in September here at The School at Columbia University.

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My colleague asked if I’d found a gadget to import mp3 files into a Google Site. A quick search in the Insert menu yielded “more gadgets.”

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And the third gadget down in this new window was for an MP3 player created by Odeo (Note: initially Twitter was just a sideproduct of the Odeo developers!)

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As I was exploring the available gadgets in Google Sites, my colleague was on Google looking for projects that embedded mp3 files. He found this helpful tuturial about how to link/embed Garageband songs into a Google Site: http://sites.google.com/site/svmschorus/home/assessment

 

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