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Storytelling with Podcasts

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This is an assignment for an Introduction to Media course. The activity includes students comparing and contrasting historic radio productions and contemporary podcasts. Students then choose their own short story, essay, poem, etc. that is approximately 200-300 words and/or under 5 minutes when read aloud. Students create a transcript of their story selection and create an audio recording on, a free media platform. Students then share their readings with classmates, listen to each other's recordings and discuss several creative attributes of their audio recordings.

Material Type: Homework/Assignment

Author: Therese Woozley

Tools for Podcasting

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Podcasting is a dynamic way to use your smarts and creativity to tell stories about compelling subjects. This handbook provides instruction and tools to produce your own podcast — whether you are a professional in journalism, the arts, sciences, business or law, an activist or just someone who has a story to tell. The tools discussed are focused on keeping costs low for entry-level podcasters and designed to help anyone who wants to record, edit and distribute podcasts.

Material Type: Textbook

Author: Jill Olmsted


AR SPELL Podcasting in the ELL Classroom

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Podcasting can be a great way to get students, parents, and community members involved with classroom activities and information. ELL students can use podcasting as a way to demonstrate the skills they are developing as well as provide a way to reach other ELL students who may be encountering similar (difficulties).

Material Type: Assessment, Homework/Assignment, Lecture

Author: David Henderson

Podcasts and Podcasting for ESL Students

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This site allows teachers to find supplemental listening materials for academic themes. Here you will find links to podcast episodes and corresponding worksheets. Approximate CEFR Levels have been included for each podcast episode and its corresponding tasks. Teachers are welcome to download worksheets and use them as is or adapt them for specific class needs or objectives.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Homework/Assignment

Author: Sara Schroeder

Functions of Money

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Money has taken many forms through the ages: shells, wheels, beads and even cows. All forms, though, have always had three things in common. Find out what in this eight-minute podcast. You will also learn how commodity money differs from representative money and how both differ from today's fiat money.

Material Type: Lecture

MOOCs and Open Educational Resources: A Handbook for Educators

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MOOCs and Open Educational Resources: A Handbook for Educators is being made available for university faculty, educators, and educational producers involved in producing online courses. The guide is a step-by-step manual to how to produce and distribute educational video content under the freest of licenses, with an emphasis on Creative Commons. It is hoped that some utility may be found in its pages by all kinds of readers, whether one is a staff videographer or a chaired senior faculty member or a freelance video editor, or in any position around and in between.

Material Type: Textbook

Author: Peter B. Kaufmann

Digital Foundations: Introduction to Media Design with the Adobe Creative Cloud, Revised Edition

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Digital Foundations uses formal exercises of the Bauhaus to teach the Adobe Creative Suite. All students of digital design and production—whether learning in a classroom or on their own—need to understand the basic principles of design in order to implement them using current software. Far too often design is left out of books that teach software for the trade and academic markets. Consequently, the design software training exercise is often a lost opportunity for visual learning. This revised edition updates the original text for use with Adobe Creative Cloud 2017 software.Order a print copy:

Material Type: Textbook

Authors: Michael Mandiberg, xtine burrough

The Public Domain Song Anthology

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The Public Domain Song Anthology by David Berger and Chuck Israels is a collection of 348 popular songs with modern and traditional harmonization for both study and performance. This open educational resource was curated by two leading jazz repertory experts and consists of songs in the US public domain. This anthology is the first of its kind and is free for students and performers to use, adapt, remix, and share. The songs, many of which are at risk of being forgotten, are free of copyright restrictions and are available in multiple formats to promote greater usage and dissemination.

Material Type: Diagram/Illustration, Primary Source

Authors: Chuck Israels, David Berger

Beachfront B-Roll

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A place to download (for free!) unique HD stock video footage and animated backgrounds for any production or educational purpose. All clips in the library are completely free to use and are a simple "right click save" to download.

Material Type: Diagram/Illustration

Producing Educational Videos

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Production of Educational Videos is an introduction to technical communication that is situated in the production of educational videos; the assignments are all focused on the production of videos that teach some aspect of MIT's first-year core curriculum. The objective of these assignments is improvement in both communication ability and communication habits; these improvements are effected by providing participants with instruction, practice, feedback, and the opportunity for reflection. In addition to improvements in communication skills, improvement is expected in students' attitude towards writing, oral presentations, and collaboration; as the semester progresses, students should feel confident of their ability to write, present, and collaborate.

Material Type: Full Course

Authors: David Custer, Graham Gordon Ramsay


Shooting Video--Camera Use, Angles, and Movement

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Students will learn how to distinguish different video shots, angles, and movements by watching a professionally created movie trailer. Locate a movie trailer of your choice and convert it into a movie file that can be uploaded into a video editing software, such as iMovie. Students will then detach the audio so it is not a distraction while working during class. The next step will be to locate the different camera uses, angles, and movements as listed in the PowerPoint. Once the shots are located, students will split the video and use a freeze frame with on-screen text to key the name of the shot. An example would be "long shot with bird's eye view." Students should locate at least three examples for each of the camera uses, angles, and movements. Once done, the students will export their movie and submit for grading.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Lesson, Lesson Plan

Author: Dawn Friedrich

Image Composition

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In this assignment, students learn how to identify and perform basic shot types. These shots are the building blocks for any media project. Students will go out and film examples of each of the basic shots. Students will use cameras on their cell phones and individually. Students will spend approximately 1 hour gathering images and uploading the videos to the class Powerpoint project.

Material Type: Module

Authors: Erin Barney, Michael Kohntopp, Hans Aagard