Step 1: Script and Audio
This step is done in advance of student workday. The teacher creates short scripts that are based on a standard, and the teacher records his/her voice while reading them. Each short script and matching audio file will be given to a student group, and every student group should receive a different one. The audio is stored in a location that students can obtain (suggested: Google Drive, dropbox, flash drive), but the script needs to be given to students as a hard copy. By having the teacher complete this step, it can maximize time and ensure strong, standards based content. However, students will still have many opportunities to be creative in future steps!
1. Create a printed script.
Decide on scripts that you will give groups to illustrate their storyboard on. Try to make your script short, standards based, and as engaging as possible. At our presentations, we show some examples. Consider having short scripts of only 4-6 sentences, which is about 30 seconds of speaking. Why? If you have 7 groups, and they all receive a different script, this is still about 3 1/2 minutes of audio. This will be short enough for you to be able to record your voice narrating the script, but it still can address major points of a standard.
2. Identify different methods that you can use to record your voice.
Technology Resources: Many laptops have internal microphones. On a Windows laptop, try clicking the Windows Start button and typing in “sound recorder” for an easy check.
Another great option is your smartphone or tablet! A voice recorder is built into a lot of smartphones and tablets (it is called “Voice Memos” for iPhone/iPad or “Voice Recorder” for many android devices). However, sometimes it doesn't save voice recordings in a .wav format which is the file format that we find easiest for making videos. There are free apps that record sound on your smartphone in .wav format. You can search for “Wav Recorder” in your app store on your phone (both iPhone and android devices).
Do You Need to Edit Audio?: If scripts are short, you do not have much audio to read. That also means that you do not need to edit your audio, and you can skip editing all together! Editing audio takes time and is only recommended if you are doing long recordings.
If You Choose to Edit Audio: With our videos, we tend to have 6-8 minutes of audio for one video. This means that we do have to edit our audio in most cases, because chances are likely that we will make mistakes in that long of a recording, and it takes too long to redo the whole recording. We use the program Audacity (Windows only) for editing. Quicktime is ideal for Apple. There are many apps for tablets and smartphones that will let you edit audio. You can see a listing if you search for "edit voice" in your app store. We are continuing to research our favorites that we mention in our presentations.
Storing Audio for Easy Downloading: If the audio is stored on a cloud such as Google Drive, it will be easy for your student groups to download. Students will not need to listen to it yet since they will have the scripts that match it completely. If you do not have access to a cloud such as Google Drive, try a flashdrive that can be shared among the group.
What if students additionally want music for their creation? Here are some options!
YouTube Audio Library
Te YouTube Audio Library has a great bank of songs that are free to use. There is information next to each piece of music that specifically outlines whether you need to credit or not (as well as how to do it correctly), and many of the songs do not require a credit. You do NOT have to put your video on YouTube to use these songs. You do, however, need to have a YouTube account to download the music. It’s free to download and easy to pop into your video. Also, it includes a bank of sound effects!
Terms and Conditions:
Read through the terms on the bottom of the YouTube audio library page.
Vimeo Music Library
The Vimeo Music Store sources tracks from their partners at Audiosocket, Free Music Archive, and SmartSound. It has a great selection! While a lot of the music needs to be purchased, it also have free music under Creative Commons licenses.
Terms and Conditions:
The songs will have either have a price or be free with the Creative-Commons attribution. Read more about a Creative Commons – Attribution.
Overclocked Remix is an organization dedicated to the appreciation and promotion of video game music as an art form. Its primary focus is ocremix.org, a website featuring thousands of free fan arrangements, information on game music and composers, resources for aspiring artists, and a thriving community of video game music fans. We actually used an OC Remix song in a few of our very first videos. You can see the credit we have placed in the "details" for those first videos that contain it.
Terms and Conditions:
As long as you are properly crediting the artist (and not making money off the video), OC Remix is free to use via a Creative Commons license! It makes for a great lesson in plagiarism, “netiquette,” and learning how to properly cite someone’s work. OC Remix provides examples on how to properly cite the music on their FAQ page.