Introduction to creating digital audio, video and images

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Digital Images

  • Flickris a web-based platform you can use to search for images, and you can also store them there as well.
  • Picasa - Managing, editing and sharing photo's.


Podcasting is the distribution of media files, such as audio and videos, over the Internet using a type of web feed. Listeners subscribe to the podcast's web feed for automated download to mobile devices and personal computers. The benefit of a podcast web feed over a standard web feed is that once the user subscribes the feed their podcast reader will automatically download any new media that is offered by the distributer.

Generating a podcast involves creating the media, usually an audio file using a free audio recorder and editor like Audacity, then uploading that file to a server such as the free and unlimited media storage space Our Media, announcing the file in a blog such as the popular and free Blogger, and enhancing that blog's web feed into a podcast using a free service such as Feedburner. To subscribe to a podcast and have media automatically downloaded to a portable device or personal computer you must use "podcatching" software such as the free MyPodder.

Uses for podcasting

  • Teachers record lectures and distribute the audio for listening to on portable digital audio players.
  • Students subscribe to a range of lectures they might otherwise not have been able to attend
  • Students record their own audio and make it available in a podcast for their peers and/or teacher's assessment
  • Students create a podcast for the subject they are studying

More information about Podcasting

Creating digital images, video and audio

There's no doubt that images, video and audio can be an excellent way to communicate more complicated things to learners. In this workshop we'll use a range of recording devices and free and simple software to record and edit our own videos. You'll be surprised at how easy it can be. Participants are urged to bring along any digital image recording devise they may already own, as well as the cables it came with to plug into a computer.

About digital video Getting video into a digital format and deliverable over the Internet has become a very simple process compared to 6 years ago. Effective video can be recorded on most digital cameras, directly to a format that is suitable for the Internet. Video tape cameras have become significantly cheaper, and editing software has become more freely available and stable on modern computers.

Uses for digital video

  • Demonstrating technical skills
  • Representing scenarios
  • Assessing student skills
  • Material profiling

More information about digital video

Audio and video blogging

A vlog or video blog is a blog (short for weblog) which uses video as the primary content; the video is linked to within a videoblog post and usually accompanied by supporting text, image, and additional metadata to provide context.

Uses for Vlogging

  • Demonstrative videos for distribution to students and workplace learners
  • Screencast demonstrations for staff training in the use of software
  • Students recording tasks and blogging the video for assessment
  • Learner generated content

More information about Vlogging

Using free and open source software

Using free and open source software is an effective way to save money, maintain flexibility, consider new economic models, and develop more sustainable software skills and capacity.

Open Office A free alternative to Microsoft Office, Open Office can not only be a great way for students to obtain affordable (free!) office software, but also a remarkably easy way for you to create PDFs and Flash movies!

GNU Image Manipulation Program GIMP is a powerful image editing program. See also: The Gimp on Wikibooks

Open Clip Art Open Clip Art Library Over 10000 clips + Over 600 artists. High quality and attractive clipart.

This unit is used in the following courses