Have you ever given a thought about audio? What do your students listen? What makes a piece of audio content worth their attention and time? Perhaps the following hints from expert learning media producer Uwe Engel can of some value to you. You can actually listen to them, but they might strike you as somewhat robotic. Never you mind. Just plug on your favorite tune, and explore the wonders of sound in learning!
Start with great writing
Admittedly, it might be difficult for your students to separate their eyeballs from a screen for just a couple of minutes. But you manage to convince a few of them, you might find it is surprisingly easy for them to buy into the audio thing, as long as it’s something truly special. Audio quality is key, of course, we’ll get there in a sec. But none of the technical stuff is worth looking into before you give some thought at the audible experience. Convince them to close your eyes! Just a few details are enough for them to fill in the blanks in their minds and create whole worlds.
Make it easy to read too
Whether you are a double threat who writes and delivers a speech magnificently, or you are part of a team, make sure you have the conventions pinned down. A screenplay, for example, has clear standards that make it possible for actors and crew to collaborate in harmony. And if your students know them too, you can provide a written version to go along. It will be easier for them to gauge emotions and intent, and create a more wholesome experience.
Try, fail, learn, iterate
Don’t be afraid to get comfortable with your own words! Even if you are narrating events, feel free to think of yourself of a character, with a personality and a drive. Let human attributes (albeit fictional) to give a special brightness and color to whatever you are discussing. After all, there must be something exciting about the subject that makes you want to talk about it and recording.
Take the risk to invest in quality
From equipment to voice actors, great scripts both deserve and benefit from being portrayed professionally. But don’t just start with opening your wallet: The internet is full of free resources and advice to help you appreciate good production values for your creation.
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