Category Archives: computer programs

Using Prezis for ESL D and E

Prezi is a useful tool to organize your presentation for Dr. Mazilis’ ESL D and E research assignment.

Create a free account at Prezi.com with any webmail address. Prezi is easy to use and much more interactive than Powerpoint and other Slide Presentations.  Choose a theme, add extra pictures and movement, and you will hold your audience’s attention.

ESL Prezi

 

Check out Encyclopedia Britannica for General Context on the History of the United Nations’ missions:  school.eb.com/

Remember many UN documents can be read directly from the UN site: www.un.org/en/documents/

 

What is a podcast, anyway?

Thanks for asking, Trevor.  A podcast is really just a radio show that you can download to your ipod or other device.  Like a radio show, it has a regular host, a mix of music and talking (even if it’s just theme music) and it’s all about one particular topic.

Have a listen to some of these ESPN podcasts to see if you get the idea.  If you’re interested in a movie review, check out the Now Playing podcast.  No matter what your topic, these podcasts will be useful to you.

As you listen, think about what makes the podcast good or bad, and how you might use their techniques in your own podcast. 

When you’re making your own podcast, sample some music from Free Music Archive for your intro.

Finally, if you’re having so much fun with Audacity that you would like to use it at home, click here to download it for free!

Making podcasts in the library

Did you know that we have headset mics in the library?  You can borrow them to make a podcast on any of our computers — they all have  Audacity, a simple program that allows you to record and import audio, then edit it with really intuitive tools.

Remember, when you’re making your podcast, don’t steal music!  For good sources of free and copyright-free tunes, check out http://freemusicarchive.org/

http://www.jamendo.com/en/

http://www.partnersinrhyme.com/