Speech on the Internet: Active Use of Online Digital Audio in the Classroom

Prof Dean Rehberger,
Prof Brad Rakerd
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Hearing the spoken word expands our understanding of a speaker’s intent, emotion and meaning. As with any primary source, however, these materials do not literally “speak” for themselves; they require interpretation, analysis, and manipulation. The recent emergence of online digital audio archives has brought educators a major step closer to bringing original, reusable spoken word sources into the classroom. As part of an NSF grant, we have recently released a beta version of MediaMatrix ¬ an online tool that allows users to find, segment, annotate and organize streaming media found on the Internet. Media Matrix works within a web browser, allowing users to segment sound (isolate any size portion of a whole clip) and add their own annotations. Users can organize their thoughts on the portal page and create multimedia presentations. Media Matrix allows teachers to gather and present media for the classroom, students to integrate media into their assignments, and scholars to perform the kinds of tasks performed in traditional libraries with analog objects (gather resources, take notes, publish findings).
This paper will place MediaMatrix in a context of use and development, and thus will: (a) identify key technologies that scholars and students can use to manipulate online digital audio; (b) review what is known about effective use of online audio in the classroom; and (c) offer some guidelines for maximizing the effectiveness of online audio in educational applications.

Keywords: Digital Audio, streaming media, annotation, spoken word
Stream: Technology in Education
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English
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Prof Dean Rehberger

Associate Director, MATRIX, the Center for Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online, Michigan State University

Dean Rehberger is an Associate Professor at Michigan State University in the College of Arts & Letters, and is Director of Education for MATRIX, the Center for Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online. Dean has been teaching with technology for over a decade. He specializes in using online technologies and developing educational resources for the World Wide Web. He has run numerous faculty technology workshops and given presentations for educators from local, national and international institutions. His primary areas of research are simulation and interface design, the uses of Internet technologies in the classroom, information design, and uses of media and streaming media in education. He also coordinates many projects for Matrix, including the “NGSW: The National Gallery of the Spoken Word,” which is funded by a $3.6 grant from the National Digital Library Initiative Phase II spearheaded by the National Science Foundation and for the “Spoken Word: new Resources to Transform Teaching” and Learning (http://www.historicalvoices.org/spokenword/), a NSF and JISC initiative. As head of production at MATRIX, Dean oversees the development of dozens of online projects (see http://www.matrix.msu.edu for complete list). The development runs from nonprofit organizations such as the Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa (http://www.africanhunger.org/), to course portal such as the Program for Interdisciplinary Learning through the Arts (PILA) (http://teachart.msu.edu/pila/), to sound and media archives like Historical voices (http://www.historicalvoices.org).
Dean teaches graduate courses in humanities computing and teaching with technology. He teaches undergraduate course in humanities computing, Advanced web design, hypertext theory, and computers and writing. He has developed for the College of Arts & Letters at MSU a Humanities Computing Certificate Program for graduate students and faculty members (http://matrix.msu.edu/education/hccp).

Prof Brad Rakerd

Professor, Audiology and Speech Sciences, Michigan State University

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