Posts Tagged ‘mp3’

A Listening Journey into the Past

February 13th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, February 13, 2016, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

UCSB Cylinder Audio Archives

(cylinders.library.ucsb.edu/)

Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision)

 

Special thanks goes out to one of our ClickScholars for alerting us to today’s unique music website.

“Before MP3s, CDs, cassettes and vinyl records, people listened to … cylinders.” This website, funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Grammy Foundation, and other donors, provides visitors with an opportunity to listen to over 10,000 cylinder recordings.

Once you arrive at the site, you can learn about the history of cylinders, choose to listen to the “Cylinder of the day”, find thematic selections by browsing the playlists, or use the search engine at the top of the page to find selections by keyword, author, title, subject, year, or UCSB call number. Available recordings include those first recorded on tinfoil in 1877 as well as the last celluloid recordings in 1929. Types of recordings include: 

  • Popular songs of the day
  • Vaudeville acts
  • Classical music
  • Opera
  • Comedy
  • Audio Theater
  • Historical speeches
  • Foreign and ethnic recordings

Visitors are also able to download the files in MP3 format to listen to while on the go.

Click the “About” link in the upper right of the page to learn about the project or use the footer menu to find the Help/FAQs.

Not only are these recordings fun and nostalgic, but they also present a listening journey into the past.

***Please be aware that the nature of some of the recordings may contain objectionable material due to the stereotyping of the day. As always, parental supervision is advised.***

Free Classic Audiobooks

November 4th, 2015

 

It’s Wednesday, November 4, 2015, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

FreeClassicAudiobooks.com

(freeclassicaudiobooks.com/)

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers free classic audiobooks that you can download and listen to. There are over 50 titles in MP3 files or M4B for iPod, iPhone, iPad and iTunes.

Some of the titles include: 

  • Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  • Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan
  • Treasure Island by R. L. Stevenson
  • Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  • War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
  • Swiss Family Robinson by Johann Wyss
  • The Call of the Wild by Jack London
  • Legend of Sleepy Hollow by W. Irving
  • Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
  • The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
  • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Dorothy and the Wizard by L. Frank Baum
  • The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin
  • Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
  • The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Click on any title and a new page opens with a Wikipedia summary of the book, and links to download the material. Depending on the size of the file it may take several minutes to download. If you select the MP3 file, once downloaded, the audio book will launch and begin playing automatically. There are no pictures or text – just narration. So, if you have one of these classic books, you may want to use it and follow along as the narrator reads the story.

Free Daily Audio Science Lessons for Kids!

July 14th, 2015

 

It’s Tuesday, July 14, 2015, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Pulse of the Planet (http://www.pulseplanet.com/dailyprogram/)

 

Age Range: 5-18 (Grades K-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website, sponsored by the National Science Foundation, offers daily (Monday-Friday), free, engaging two-minute sound portraits that blend science, nature, and culture worldwide. These audio clips contain fascinating information that may springboard you to further science investigation and learning.
Just take a look at some of what’s available from this month so far: 
  • Jul 14 – Acoustical Ecology – Loons: Development and disturbance can silence the beautiful call of the common loon.
  • Jul 9 – Long Leaf Pine – Restoring: Forestry experts at the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge are working to restore Long Leaf Pine, a species that once ranged from Virginia to Texas.
  • Jul 8 – Natchez – Oral History: The Principal Chief of the Natchez offers a unique perspective of his people’s cultural heritage.
  • Jul 2 – Terraforming: It may work on Star Trek, but in real life Mar’s thin atmosphere will be writing the script.
  • Jul 1 – Okefenokee – Standing Up to Bears: What hisses at bears to defend its nest eggs? Hint: it’s bigger than a robin.
Just listen to the featured sound clip (and print out the transcript or download the MP3 if desired). Then, use the menu to access all of the “Daily Programs” audio clips from 1998-2015.

But there’s more! In the “Educator Resources” section you’ll find free lesson plans with activities “suitable for classrooms or home-schoolers” using Pulse of the Planet programs. The lesson plans for grades K-12 contain downloadable audio files. You must register (free and painless) to access the lessons.

Click on “Monthly Features” for the in-depth studies, and peruse the rest of the menu for other wonderful science surprises.

Free Audio Holiday Stories!

December 3rd, 2014

 

It’s Wednesday, December 3, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

See below.

 

Age Range: All (All grades, children with parental supervision)

 

Here is a selection of free, audio holiday stories. They are available as audio recordings to listen to on your computer, to burn to a CD, or to download to your portable audio player (mp3).
Choose from a great selection of classics including:
A Visit From St. Nicholas by Clement Moore – This is also known as The Night Before Christmas. Written in 1822, this is the poem that named Santa’s 8 reindeer including, Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donder, and Blitzen.

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens – “This is the classic tale of what comes to those whose hearts are hard. In a series of ghostly visits, Scrooge visits his happy past, sees the difficulties of the present, views a bleak future, and in the end amends his mean ways.” (Summary written by Kristen McQuillin)

Good King Wenceslas – Listen to the Christmas carol Good King Wenceslas and the story behind the song.

The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry – This short story is about a young couple who are very much in love and also very poor. For Christmas, they each make a sacrifice to purchase a gift for the other, with ironic results.

The Elves and the Shoemaker – This traditional fairy tale is a short story about a Christmas gift. A poor shoemaker receives some unexpected help just when he needs it most.

Free Foreign Language Courses

October 11th, 2014

 

It’s Saturday, October 11, 2014, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Foreign Service Institute

 

Age Range: 14-Adult (Grades 9 and up; children, with parental supervision)

 

Developed by the Foreign Service Institute, this website offers a large selection of public domain foreign language courses developed by the United States government. Each course provides a downloadable PDF student text and MP3 audio files that may be downloaded or listened to online. Some languages also include a workbook and an instructor’s manual. Languages to choose from include:

  • Amharic
  • Arabic
  • Bulgarian
  • Cambodian
  • Cantonese
  • Chinese
  • Chinyanja
  • Czech
  • Finnish
  • French
  • Fula
  • German
  • Greek
  • Hausa
  • Hebrew
  • Hindi
  • Hungarian
  • Igbo
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Kirundi
  • Kituba
  • Korean
  • Lao
  • Lingala
  • Luganda
  • MorĂ©
  • Norwegian
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Romanian
  • Russian
  • Serbo-Croatian
  • Shona
  • Sinhala
  • Spanish
  • Swahili
  • Swedish
  • Tagalog
  • Thai
  • Turkish
  • Twi
  • Vietnamese
  • Yoruba
While the material for these courses is not fancy and a bit dated, there is a lot of educational value available in these courses for the motivated student.

Learn the BackStory with the American History Guys

October 2nd, 2014

 

It’s Thursday, October 2, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

BackStory with the American History Guys

 

Age Range: 12 and up (Grades 7-12, with parental supervision)

 

At this website, visitors can listen as historians Ed Ayers, Peter Onuf, Brian Balogh and others explore the historical connections of past events on present day happenings.
BackStory with the American History Guys is a public radio program and podcast from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. Visitors can listen online to archived episodes, subscribe to the podcasts, or locate a radio station in their area that runs the show.
When you arrive at the site, you may choose to listen to the most recent show or select the “Show Archives” link to search for a specific show. You may search by year or by topic. Some of the topics covered include:

  • Political History
  • Economic History
  • Military History
  • Women’s History
  • Social History
  • Legal History
  • Presidential History
  • Religious History
  • Labor History
  • Native American History
  • Media History
  • Medicine
  • History of Technology
  • Environment
  • Holidays
  • And much more

Each episode is about one hour long and can be listened to either online or downloaded as an MP3 to take with you on the go. When you arrive at the episode page, you will see the sound file at the top of the page. There is a brief text explanation of the episode under which you will find a section of tabbed items that could include:

  • Segments – a topical breakdown of the broadcast to listen to specific sections
  • Guest List – information about the guests on the show
  • Resources – resource links for further exploration of the subject matter
  • Music – links to listen to the various musical selections used in the show
  • Transcript – text of the audio segments

While this program is not specifically targeted to students, there is a lot to be learned from these program audios that may spark interesting conversations and encourage further research.

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