Songhai Concepts

Media Literacy/Digital Archiving Instructor

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Editing Audio With Audacity

H Songhai

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Digital Archiving Tools

Our Digital Archiving course will be broken into three parts

  • MP3 editing
  • LP records to digital conversion
  • Converting and editing analog video
  • Digital video formats and compression
  • Newspaper archiving
  • Flatbed scanning
We will spend the next several weeks editing MP3 files with Audacity.
We will listen to and learn about composers such as William Grant Still, Coleridge Taylor Perkinson, Charles Mingus and Claude Debussy.
You will need headphones
for the audio and video sections of this course.
I strongly recommend a flash drive too. With a flash drive you can take your class work with you, out of the school building and work on it at home.
You'll find good deals on flash drives and USB headsets at Radio Shack.

I personally prefer the USB headset over the ear buds. The USB headset feels better on my ears than the ear buds and the microphone is perfect for making Skype calls and making professional sounding recordings in Audacity.

An SD card and a card reader is helpful if you plan to shoot and scan family photos. SD cards and card readers work exactly the same as USB flash drives.

I plan for this to be a fun and informative course. You will discover artists, scientists, educators, and political figures that you probably were never aware of. You will discover new lands, new names and different languages. There will be very little lecturing. I will be available to handle software issues and to answer questions about file management and archiving, but for the most part, students will be expected to work independently and to produce a reasonable amount of Digital Archiving work every week. This will be very challenging because you will be using headphones as a regular part of your learning. The temptation will be great for you to listen to your personal music and to watch your favorite videos when you should be focused on Digital Archiving work. You will need to exercise self control while behind the computer.

Over the next three months, you will use Blogger and Google Presentation to publish an electronic catalog of the various Digital Archiving projects that you compile and index.

H Songhai

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Digital Archiving Basics

There is an old expression that goes "it's impossible to know where you are going if you don't know where you came from." The same holds true for Digital Archiving basics. You must know where all your media is in order to intelligently move forward with any multimedia based computer project.
The short slideshow below speaks to that issue and illustrates some very basic file management concepts.

H Songhai

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Friday, February 06, 2009

Post Your DTV Projects On Your Blog

Media Literacy Students:
Post your finished Xtranormal projects onto your blog.
The slideshow below shows the steps you need to take
to embed your Xtranormal project onto your blog.

H Songhai

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