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Tuesday Tech Tip: Photo, Sound, Video

Today’s tip is a rundown of a few of the multimedia tools you have at your fingertips.
In the Start Menu, go up to Photo, Sound, Video.  There you’ll find three tools for creating and working with multimedia files.
  • Audacity is a simple-to-use tool primarily for recording voice.  Creating an mp3 file of your students’ voices is a snap!
  • Picasa 3 is a Google-owned photo editing tool you can use to modify, organize, and upload your images.  (By the way, Google recently purchased the online photo editing site, Picnik, which has some fun features that Picasa doesn’t, like adding text and effects to your images.)
  • VLC Media Player is a handy go-to player if you run into a snag playing video or audio files.  It’ll also play a DVD right from your computer.

Here’s an overview:  Photo Sound Video

  • This week’s winner in the drawing is Erikke Nystrom-Grothaus who uses these Google tools:  Alerts, Chrome, Image search, Maps, Gmail, Docs, Calendar, iGoogle, YouTube.
  • We also wanted to showcase some of the musical talent possessed by Paul Herrick, Mark Sieger, Sussanah Sasman (and husband, Chris) and Beth Marcott who wrote and performed a song, “Pebble in the Pond” which reinforced the theme of Courage, at last week’s Middle School Variety Show.

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