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Sound Practices

There are lots of things you can do with sound:

sound recording

  • document student success by recording student voices explaining their thinking behind their successful work
  • enhance and reinforce progress in reading by recording songs (like "Los Pollitos"), proverbs to accompany text or even something like the Abecedario
  • New! A Chinese proverb! 
  • deepen and expand PowerPoint presentations by including spoken voice examples (see "Show Your Work" for an example that shows students how to solve a simple linear equation for x.)
  • record prompts for story starters
  • record word problems in math
  • record directions for assignments
  • illustrate correct pronunciation of difficult or foreign words

PowerPoint sing-alongs

  • You can set up PowerPoint's custom animations of songs like "The ABC Song" so the words appear in time with the way you sing the song. Then just start the show and sing along!

text-to-speech

  • get multi-lingual robots to read text you copy-and-paste into your window
  • enable students to proofread their own work for sound and sense before they worry about spelling, punctuation, and grammar conventions (see "Proofreading with Robots")
  • give foreign language and English language learners practice pronouncing words correctly by working with tireless, proficient robots

To get sound into your computer, you'll need a cheap microphone (some computers—especially laptops—have built-in mics), available for about $5 from the ESD's coop purchasing . (You can also buy them from retail stores like Radio Shack.) You'll also need some free software like Audacity (for Mac and Windows). Here are a couple of Audacity links:

Audacity How-to handout
Audacity at Griffin Creek: Recording and Mixing

To hear sound, you'll need a sound card and speakers. (Most computers have these.) You'll also need software such as Windows Media Player, QuickTime, and RealPlayer. (See our plugins test page for these.)

These next two are old, and many of the links are out-of-date, but the instructional ideas are all sound:
Sound Practices I: Hearing Voices
Sound Practices II: Giving Students a Voice

Configuring ReadPlease2003 (how to set up ReadPlease free text-to-speech for Windows)
Text-to-Speech in Mac OS X
Proofreading with Robots (how your students can use text-to-speech for proofreading what they've written)

Call 541.858.6748 or email if you have questions, problems, or bright ideas!




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