LibriVox - public domain books podcasts
LibriVox is a project which objective is to make all books in the public domain available, for free, in audio format on the internet (generally podcasting). It has a database-driven catalog where every podcasting project can be found using the search page.
Once you have found and clicked the link for a book/recording you want to listen to, there are several things to note about the individual catalog pages. Each catalog page contains a description of the book, and helpful links about the book and author. You can also find a link to an online source for the text, if you wish to read along.
You'll find that you can download files in several places. You can download the individual chapters by choosing 128kbps MP3, 64kbps MP3 (smaller file size), or the Ogg Vorbis files. You can also find a link to a zip file of the whole book at the top. Another option is to find the recording with !BitTorrent, but not all recordings have been seeded.
The first step before you listen is to get the audio files onto your own computer. Once you have found an audiobook that interests you, there are many ways to download the files, and save them onto your computer. Each chapter is offered in three (3) formats: 64 Kbps MP3, 128 Kbps MP3, and Ogg Vorbis.
The audio files are hosted by the Internet Archive (see http://www.media-and-learning.eu/resource/internet-archive)
It is a totally volunteer, open source, free content, public domain project.
Librivox contains books in English, German, French, Spanish, Italian and a few other languages.
The Internet Archive
The Internet Archive is a vast non-profit digital library, founded in 1996 to build an Internet library. Its aim is to offer permanent access for researchers, historians, scholars, people with disabilities, and the general public to historical collections that exist in digital format.
Now the portal’s collection includes a huge number of texts, audio, moving images, live music, software as well as archived web pages, and provides specialised services for adaptive reading and information access for the blind and other people with disabilities.
Currently the Archive contains
- Over 1.1 million videos
- Over 1.5 million audio recordings
- Over 4.4 million texts
- Over 114000 live music concerts
Animation & Cartoons | Arts & Music | Community Video | Computers & Technology | Cultural & Academic Films | Ephemeral Films | Movies | News & Public Affairs | Prelinger Archives | Spirituality & Religion | Sports Videos | Television | Videogame Videos | Vlogs | Youth Media
American Libraries | Canadian Libraries | Universal Library | Community Texts | Project Gutenberg | Children's Library | Biodiversity Heritage Library | Additional Collections
Audio Books & Poetry | Community Audio | Computers & Technology | Grateful Dead | Live Music Archive | Music & Arts | Netlabels | News & Public Affairs | Non-English Audio | Podcasts | Radio Programs | Spirituality & Religion
OpenLibrary | Software | Wayback Machine | Archive-It | Scanning Services | BookServer | NASA Images | Open Content Alliance | Education | BookMobile | SFLan | Petabox | 301Works.org
Podcastomatic is a website that allows to instantly convert (and play) websites and blogs to podcasts. The podcasts can be listened to in streaming web or be downloaded using iTunes or other podcast players.
Podcastomatic is designed to play audio with an English accent.
Tiching is a free Spanish platform dedicated to education. It collects teaching resources and a social network has formed on top of this service. At present collected resources are more than 83000. The website is available in all official languages of Spain and in English. Tiching is aimed at the whole education community: teaching staff, students, families, publishers and anybody related in some way to the world of education.
Two search engines are provided. The internal one gives a number of options to refine researches, including language, skills, level of education, etc. The second search engine can be installed in external WordPress websites and blogs to perform searches in Tiching directly from there.
The social network has been designed for the education community and is formed by more than 25000 people collaborating from all over Spain.
There are many types of digital educational content in Tiching: activities tutorials, projects, teachers guides, etc. They are provided in many different formats such as video, text, image, interactive activity, etc.
Each content file contains:
• Basic information: title, description, image, tags, language, short URL, creator;
• Validation: it’s the internal validation process through which every resource passes when uploaded
• Thanks: it’s a feedback about the usefulness of a resource
IPR For Educational Environments
This is a free online course about Intellectual Property Rights for Educational Environments. It is primarily aimed at people in higher education designing online learning resources but is also appropriated for academics working in HE staff development. The course is divided into three units each comprising a number of sessions. Each element is designed to either be used independently or as a part of a complete learning experience.
The course addresses IPR in the UK but the materials can be adapted and re-used to represent IPR issues in non-UK countries. It is developed in the frame of the IPR4EE project, that was created to introduce and build awareness of aspects of intellectual property rights and copyright.
N.B.: The link leads to the introduction and overview of the course. Links to the units and materials of the course can be found at the bottom of the page.
Unit One: Introduction to IPR and Copyright for Educators
• Session 1: Introduction to copyright and other IPR overview
• Session 2: Why is it important for me as an educator?
• Session 3: Media IPR and licensing
• Session 4: Consortia & collaborative projects
Unit Two: Working within your institution
• Session 1: Project planning and documentation methods
• Session 2: Risk assessment
• Session 3: Ethical considerations (students work and social media)
• Session 4: Institutional contexts
• Session 5: Context and collaborative projects
Unit Three: Developing Content For A Multimedia-Multiplatform Course
• Session 1: Pedagogy & structure for your OER project
• Session 2: What media to use...and clearing it for use
• Session 3: Using the right type of media...and clearing it.
• Session 4: Pedagogy and accessibility
• Session 5: Dissemination and evaluation
Ptable is an interactive Web 2.0 periodic table. It provides dynamic layouts, property trend visualization, orbitals, thousands of isotopes, and 5 writeup sources. The application uses no Flash or images, giving all the scalability and accessibility of a normal web page (it can be viewed on any kind of computer and device).
The layout, unless differently specified by the user, automatically switch to fit the width of the screen. Using the check boxes at the top of the page allows to dynamically switch between various configurations (simple, with names, with electron configuration, and inline inner transition metals).
In addition to Wikipedia descriptions in all languages, write-ups, photos, videos, and even podcasts are offered in the first tab's dropdown. Write-up windows can even be torn off or docked to the edges to allow simultaneous use of the table while reading.
Data is acquired from primary sources and curated libraries. Layout and presentation were reviewed by the world's foremost periodic table academic, Eric Scerri. Translations and non-English element names, however, should be considered no more reliable than Wikipedia.
Search (into the box at the top right) can be performed by name, symbol, or atomic number. Advanced searches work, for example, on the atomic weight, number of orbitals, etc.
Most browsers, tablets, and phones can store the site and its data for use offline. Firefox prompts you with a notification bar at the top while Chrome and Safari directly save it.
Full descriptions in 40 languages from Wikipedia.
Meet Me @ The Corner
MEET ME AT THE CORNER (MMATC), is a dynamic, interactive site, which contains over 120 educational video podcasts for kids, organised in categories, rated and connected to additional educational contents, links and recommended books on the same topic of each video.
MMATC encourages individual expression and participation through video submissions from children worldwide. Through these video pod casts the staff hopes to create a community of children, who learn the art of self-expression and storytelling through video.
Educational Uses of Digital Storytelling
This website for teachers and students shows how multimedia can be integrated an educational activity such as digital storytelling. Originally begun by faculty members and graduate students in the Instructional Technology Program at the University of Houston College of Education, this website contains various external online resources (still images, audio files and video clips) that are examples of digital media projects. They can serve as a model for educators how they can utilize the power of accessible multimedia to engage students in today's K-12 and higher education classrooms.
MEL SIG Podcasting Resources
The UK-based Media Enhanced Learning Special Interest Group (MEL SIG) brings together practitioners from higher and Further Education in the UK to share their experience and expertise in the uses and benefits of podcasting (both audio and video) to support learning and teaching.
They have emerged from the Podcasting for Pedagogic Purposes Special Interest Group and have a wealth of useful resources available on their wiki (http://pppsig.podomatic.com) for people interested in using podcasting for teaching purposes, both staff and student generated. These resources include ideas and examples of podcasting, research papers and practical advice.
European Southern Observatory Videos
On this page you can find a lot of videos from the ESO (European Southern Observatory) – Astronomy made on planet Earth.
You can also find ESOcast (http://www.eso.org/public/esocast.html), a video podcast series dedicated to bringing the latest news and research, exploring the Universe's ultimate frontier with Doctor J, a.k.a. Dr. Joe Liske. The ESOcast is offered for download in several formats: standard (.mov, .mpeg, .mp4, .m4v) and HD (High Definition).