I was thinking after my last few posts about GarageBand and music technology. I then remembered JamStudio. It’s been a while since I last had a look and play. It’s a fun little program that is quite simple to use and may be useful for those who do not have access to a Mac. It’s good because people could use it to create backing music for slides or films. It’s free but requires an email account to join.
Then there is vozMe. I don’t know why I like this. Perhaps because it reminds me of Radiohead’s “Fitter, Happier” track. I was always a sucker for that cheap robotic voice sound. Basically you copy and paste text, choose a male or female voice and are then able to have the computer read it back. You may also obtain an mp3 of the ‘reading.’ May be great for ESL learners if you want them to sound like droids. But, it may also be a useful tool for reviewing notes and proofreading. Free and no email necessary.
I then discovered Vocaroo. Now this one is great. One button to click and record. My kindergarten students would be able to do it. Use your computer microphone to record presentations, interviews, readings etc. Stop recording and then click ‘download this message’ to get the mp3. A lot easier than using GarageBand or buying those expensive portable mics/recorders. Oh yeah, it’s also free and doesn’t even require email registration.
Tags : Classroom Resources, Free Software, GarageBand, JamStudio, Vocaroo, vozMe
Categories : Classroom Resources, Creative Arts, Free Software & Applications