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Exchange Language Audio Files with Free Web Service

rhinospike_logo.pngRhinoSpike is a website where you can type up words in the language you are learning and somebody will record an audio file in that language ( the language you want to learn). You are bumped up in the queue if you return the favor and record audio in your native language for another person’s text submission. The audio files you receive are in an mp3 format. You can also embed the audio into flashcards or just play them on your computer. You will need to sign up for a free account.

To learn more about RhinoSpike, click on the link below and watch the video:


AudioPal- An Easy Way to Record a Minute of Audio

audiopal_logo.pngLooking to record a short greeting for your webpage or blog? Don’t really have the time to learn an audio program? Want a simple way to record your audio, either through phone, typing, microphone, or uploading an audio file? You can through AudioPal. This is a free service that is web based. All you need to do is have a microphone, a phone, or a keyboard available. You can type in a  message and a voice will speak what you typed. It does get some of the words wrong. I recorded my voice with a microphone and it came out great. You can also call a number if you do not have a mic and record your message. You will them receive an email within second with a link to the player and the embed code. You can also share the little audio player on popular social network sites like Facebook. The downside is that you can only record a minute of audio. If you want to check out this free service (and no need to sign up for an account), click on the link below:


How to Use Audacity to Break Audio Clips Up and Export as Separate Files


Did you ever have a long audio clip that you wanted to break up into
smaller files based off of pauses or silence breaks in your audio? Sure
you can do it manually with a program like Audacity, but Audacity also
has a Silence Analyzer that will insert labels in places where there is
silence in the clip and from those tags you can export the audio into
smaller chunks all in one step. Here’s how to do that.

  1. Open up Audacity. Load your audio clip.
  2. Now use the cursor to scroll over the shortest silence period in
    your clip. This is where a label will be inserted to show a break in
    audio parts. You are measuring the time.
  3. Look at the bottom of Audacity. You will see how long that silence period is.
  4. Now select all your audio clip by clicking Control  + A.
  5. Now go to the Analyze menu.
  6. Choose  Silence Finder
  7. In the minimum silence duration text box, type in the number you
    saw at the bottom of Audacity when you measured the shortest silence
    period in the clip.
  8. Click OK
  9. Now you will see a series of labels with a S. You can also manually
    enter labels (if the analyzer missed any spots) by clicking on the
    silence spot and pressing Control + B.
  10. Now that all your silence spots are marked to break up the clips, go to File  and choose Export Multiple.
  11. Choose the format (wav, mp3), where to save it, how to name it, and choose Split based on labels.
  12. Click OK.

World Digital Library: Your Portal to Digitial Cultural Artifacts and More

world_dig_lib_logo.pngToday I discovered the World Digital Library. The mission of this site is to create a centralized place where you can access digital items and artifacts from different times, cultures, and parts of the world and to raise awareness and understanding across cultures. Some of the items that you can view are maps, stories, images, rare books, music, films, recordings, prints, and photographs. You can view the site in several different languages, like Arabic, Spanish, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, and Russia. When you click on an item, you get a brief description of it, when it was created, the creator (and/or who financed the item, like a painting), the place, topics, and other related items. It’s a great knowledge of wealth to use in the classroom, personal studies, or personal interest. To learn more, you can visit the site by clicking on the link below:


SmARThistory.org: Free Online Multi-media Web-book


“smARThistory.org is a free multi-media web-book designed as a dynamic
enhancement (or even substitute) for the traditional and static art
history textbook. Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker began
smARThistory in 2005 by creating a blog
featuring free audio guides in the form of podcasts for use in The
Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Soon after, we
embedded the audio files in our online survey courses. The response
from our students was so positive that we decided to create a
multi-media survey of art history web-book. We created audios and
videos about works of art found in standard art history survey texts,
organized the files stylistically and chronologically, and added text
and still images.”

What I really like about this site is that you can contact the creators to contribute to the site, by images of works or museums loaded on flickr or working with them to create audio and video files of works of art similar to what’s on the website. It’s a great way to engage students about art from different time periods, styles, and countries. To find out more, click on the link below: