Thursday, February 23

Class Starter:  Creative Commons – Royalty Free – Public Domain 

 

Creative Commons: a kind of copyright that makes it easy for people to copy, share, and build on someone’s creative work – as long as they give the creator credit for it

Royaltyfree:  The right to use copyright material or intellectual property without the need to pay royalties or license fees for each use or per volume sold, or some time period of use or sales.

public domain: creative work that’s not protected by copyright and is therefore free for one to use however one wants

Class Activity:  Check out Library of Congress & Incompetech697_234

The Library of Congress has an interesting history.

The Library of Congress was established by an act of Congress in 1800 when President John Adams signed a bill providing for the transfer of the seat of government from Philadelphia to the new capital city of Washington. The legislation described a reference library for Congress only, containing “such books as may be necessary for the use of Congress – and for putting up a suitable apartment for containing them therein…”  You can find more to read about the history, here.

Incompetech is  a website where you can download mp3 files that are FREE & royalty free, also!  What that means is that the creator of the music has released their work with a Creative Commons license.  Simply put, if you use media with a Creative Commons liscense, you are required to attribute the piece to it’s creator. 

For example, I downloaded Zanzibar.mp3 

Credit this piece by copying the following to your credits section:

Attribution:
Zanzibar Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Monday, November 7

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Dare to Put it Out There!

Class Starter:  “Bolivia” – the most recent episode of the class podcast

I thought it only fair that your teacher should have to record and produce a podcast episode, too.  I am not a voice actor and it shows in this episode, so don’t judge!  This project proved how simple it is to get content online, but doing it for the first time is rather nerve wracking and a bit embarrassing, too.

This project required the following:

  • write an outline of what to say
  • gather photo assets. In this case, I used my own
  • gather music mp3s from Incompetech.com and copy attribution info for each song
  • Using Garage Band on my iPad, I recorded my voice and added extra tracks for background music
  • When the project was complete, I hit the share button to email the file to myself so that I could download it to my computer
  • upload mp3 files to my host  archive.org
  • find the mp3 file on my archive.org library and copy the URL for that file
  • write a blog post on my WordPress Blog to tell more about my podcast episode. I included photography and the URL for the recording.  I included attribution for the music included.
  • I added the episode to RSS Feed for the DBA Podcast by adding the appropriate “tag” to the blog post

Class Activity:  Make Podcast Teams!  

Your team will work together to produce a multiple track recording using Garage Band on the iPads.  Follow the steps that I shared in this post. You will have a few class periods to get this done and publish it for a grade.

Wednesday, October 26

Class Starter:  Example post for the Podcast-1 Assignment

2013_07_01-banzi-wedding-colour-copy-1140x450“Dubakupado”  Royalty-Free Music with a grooving feel

Instruments: Percussion, Marimba

I downloaded another African tune from the royalty-free site Incompetech.   I absolutely love this genre of music and find myself grooving through my days with African, Funk, Rythm& Blues for my soundtrack. This is a nice solid grooving piece – for 8 percussionists.

“Dubakupado” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 Licensehttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Class Activity: PODCAST BASICS – 1 Assignment

Download Podcast Basics – Instructions here.

This assignment is Due Tuesday November 1st.  To turn this in, you need to follow every part of the instructions and post a blog with your hosted mp3 file.

Wednesday, October 19

symbolClass Starter:  Where do I get Royalty Free Music?

In class today, I will show you a website where you can download mp3 files that are FREE & royalty free, also!  What that means is that the creator of the music has released their work with a Creative Commons license.  There is only one thing that you have to do if you use the mp3 in your own projects:

*You do need to attribute correctly if you are using the Creative Commons license.

For example, I downloaded Zanzibar.mp3 

Credit this piece by copying the following to your credits section:

Attribution:
Zanzibar Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Class Activity:  Go check it out!!

Incompetech