Modern Revolutions



Thursday Jan 17, 2008

If you need to write a long post, you probably don't want to display the whole post on the main blog page as it is too long. In that case, you can "break" your post, which means the blog just displays the first few lines and then readers can click a link to see the rest. Here's how: As you're typing the text in the post, click the HTML button. Next, enter a "more" tag, the way you see in the example below. Finally, click the Update button below, and you're back in the normal edit mode, where you can finish the post. Click Publish at the bottom when you're done.

Thursday Jan 17, 2008

To import audio you want to use in Audacity, click Project >> Import Audio (for MP3 files) or Project >> Import Raw Data (for WAV files). Not all WAV files work, in my experience, but most do. To be on the safe side, use the digital recorders we have at school, or record directly into Audacity (see next point). To record directly into audacity, plug a headset with microphone into the computer, hit the record button up on the toolbar and just talk. Sometimes it needs some tweaking of audio settings. The settings differ from lab to lab, unfortunately, as we have different machine setups around the place. We’ll check this before class, so it’s easiest if you’re prepared to record then. Remember you have to export the file as MP3 at the end. Click File >> Export as MP3. The program will ask you to locate the Lame encoder (a file called "lame_enc.dll"), which you can find in Student Resources >> Middle School >> Computer Studies >> Mr. Dilworth >> Grade 7. Just browse to this file and double-click it, and the MP3 file will be saved where you indicated in step 1 just above.

Thursday Jan 17, 2008

Here are some instructions on using Podbean to publish podcasts. Record your audio file using Audacity. Export as MP3. It’ll be saved on your computer. Go to Log in with the username/password given to you by Ms. Vojnov. It’s easiest to upload the file first, and then write the post. Click Upload up on the menu bar in the dashboard. Browse to locate your recorded audio file, and upload it. Depending on available bandwidth, this may take about a minute or so. Next, it’s time to write the post. Click Publish up on the menu bar in the dashboard. This opens a new post for editing. Enter one or more tags, separated by commas, e.g. “Modern revolutions”, “Cuba”. This allows podbean users looking for audio content related to those topics to locate your files. Enter the title. This should probably include the name of the group members, to make it easier to identify each episode. This will be the title that appears if you subscribe to the feed using an RSS reader (e.g. iGoogle, Netvibes, etc.). Enter the text for the post. This will probably be discussed in class, but I expect it may include short reflections on/rationale your podcast episode. Next, it’s time to choose the audio file. Click on the button that says Add your audio/video. From the list of available files, select the file you uploaded before. At the bottom, click the button that says Publish.

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