Thursday, May 31, 2012

Splicing Audio for the Sake of Literacy

A Father's Day Poem

Day 1 of DMAC
(note my Ohio Buckeye color choice!)
  • Turns out, this is the last year I could have attended DMAC, as they are moving it to before Memorial Day after this year.  I cannot miss two weeks of work, so I feel lucky that I slipped in for the last June DMAC.
  •  The DMAC philosophy: people first, teaching and instruction next, and technology following to support both.  Good stuff.
  • Today's topic was literacy, and Cindy said that one of our challenges will be learning "how to be humble with the fact that you will be illiterate at some point in this institute."  A great reminder of the many modalities of literacy as well as a thought-provoking introduction to where we are heading.
  • We jumped right into production by recording and editing our literacy narratives.  After some cutting and splicing using Audacity, here is mine, already waiting for you at the Digital Archive of Literacy Narratives.  I already have overcome some aspects of my audio illiteracy and am proud of the seamless splice between two audio tracks.  Just try to guess where it is!
  • For my future and more complicated audio work, Scott offered one key piece of wisdom: The more pieces of audio you have, the more creative and artful you can be in your crafting of a final product.  More (pieces) = less (restriction on what the final puzzle looks like).
Once you have listened to me literacy narrative, I thought you might enjoy reading the Strausberg Bardette's now famous poem ...

1 comment:

  1. I love the comment about being illiterate at some point in a class. I think it is very healthy for those of us who teach "English" and "Technologies" to experience the "illiterate moment" relatively regularly. At my summer tech camp we had a serious illiterate moment (mostly as a group); the very first day was very math heavy and we were a bunch of humanities scholars. Some people got very angry. All this to say, to remember the frustration of being illiterate in the public setting of a classroom is important for teachers to know/have so to empathize with their students. must have been frustrated with that traffic in the background. But it adds a "realness" to the audio track.