Tag Archives: audio


Why I Record my Conference Presentations

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While I was attending the ADHO Digital Humanities conference this summer, I wound up talking with several people about the shifts we’ve noticed in presentation styles within our respective disciplines. Although presenter habits vary by discipline, by field, and by conference, in my own fields of literature and digital humanities I’ve certainly noticed a shift away from the reading of written papers towards a more flexible presentation style, often accompanied by projected slides.

Back in the pr…


Audiobook Builder: Three Quick Tabs to Getting Stories on Your iPod

Photo of an iPhone and headphones on top of a bookLast year my family moved to a new home. Everything about the new home was better except for one thing: my commute grew by about 20 minutes. Given Atlanta’s traffic, this means that I often spend an hour getting from door. Fortunately, ProfHacker is there for me. In the past we’ve covered ways to hack your commute by car, by airplane, and how to prepare for the semester by anticipating the commute. But I’ve found another way to be productive during your commute: listening to an audiobook.



Sync Your Meeting Notes with Audio with Pear Note for iOS

A pear sliced horizontally and stackedTwo and a half years ago, George posted a review of Pear Note, “a $40 Mac-only software application from Useful Fruit designed specifically for taking notes while watching a presentation.” Now, you could arguably do that with a text editor or even Word. So what makes Pear Note special is that it records the presentation’s audio while you’re typing notes, and afterwards you can click on a portion of your notes and hear the audio that was happening right as you typed those notes. So if you can’t q…


Four Mistakes I Made When Assigning Podcasts

Opname van een hoorspel / Recording a Radio Play[This is a guest post by Evan Cordulack (@cordulack), a Web developer and graduate student in American Studies at the College of William & Mary. He writes regularly on the Academic Technology blog.--JBJ]

Several years ago I taught two upper-level American Studies seminars. Since these were the first classes I’d ever taught (aside from being a Teaching Assistant), perhaps I should have kept things simpler. Rather than assign a combination of papers and exams, I’d wanted to try something differe…


Grading with Voice on an iPad


[This is a guest post by Doug Ward, an associate professor of journalism and the Budig Professor of Writing at the University of Kansas. You can find him online at www.kuediting.com and www.journalismtech.com, and follow him on Twitter @kuediting. Doug's previous posts have looked at finding iOS apps, what to do if your Twitter account is hacked, using iPads in the classroom (one, two) and engaging students with music.--@jbj]

One of the frustrating things I found in teaching online last semeste…


A Simple Way to Record and Publish Audio to the Web

Last year, Heather wrote about recording her lectures with an iPod Touch. Whenever I’ve captured a classroom activity in order to share it online–whether that means recording audio or taking photos–I always feel like the most awkward step is getting the data from the recording device to its online home.

In a perfect world, the publishing step would just happen automatically, without my having to do anything.

Enter DropVox, a two dollar app for the iPhone or iPod Touch. DropVox does one thing and…


Little Gadget, Big Sound

GoGroove Panda PalI recently bought an affordable little audio device called a Panda Pal so that I could listen to Internet radio on my iPod Touch in the kitchen. I had considered getting one of the many devices that will also dock and charge an iPod (or an iPhone), but they cost more money than I was looking to spend. The Panda Pal was on sale at Amazon for $17 when I bought it, though it has now gone up to $22.

So far, I’m very impressed with the quality of sound. There’s much more bass than I expected from suc…


Writers’ Bootcamp: Using Audio to Write

We have written it before: writing is hard work. At no time is writing any harder than it is when the product of the writing is “high stakes.” Maybe a job depends on the writing, a promotion, or a diploma. It’s during these stressful times that we hope all of our training, concentration, and skill will get us through the process of producing texts. Sometimes, it does. Other times, it doesn’t.

A confession: when I took my comprehensive exams for the Ph.D., I knew that I understood the material, b…


How to Record Your Talking Habits (and Why You Might Want To)

Verbal communication is, for most, a common activity in academia. We talk to colleagues, students, parents of students, staff members, members of the community, potential employers, potential employees – the list goes on and on. Most of the communication happens without much thought. We just talk. But it’s worth the time to record yourself so that you can be sure the end product is what you want it to be.

This semester I have a student who has a class conflict and needs to have our class session…