Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Dear Blogger, why do you not support audio!

Because language classes here do not meet five days a week as they should, this semester I am teaching an odd supplemental Arabic class, which gives two extra hours to some students in 101. As you might imagine, the students who sign up for extra classes are already the most motivated, and having two extra hours mostly exacerbates the gap between them and the other students, however, that is not my complaint for now.

Rather, it has to do with my brilliant portfolio idea, that thanks to blogger's lack of audio support became considerably less brilliant. Each week, I have been having students write or record themselves in Arabic. For the final project, I thought it would be nice to have all of the portfolio pieces together on a blog, and they could comment on their improvement.

Alas, it turns out that neither blogger nor free Wordpress accounts allow for the uploading of audio files, only video files (WTF!!!!). You can put audio files on your blog that are hosted elsewhere, but this is more complicated. And you can call my students digital natives, but they are not all that tech savvy.

So first, I tried converting the files with QuickTime, only to discover that even though I saved as "mov" and it said "movie" there are both audio and video "mov" files, and mine were the former. Grrr!

So, I then had to make all of these damn audio files into fake movies by assigning them as the soundtrack to a still image in iMovie. Now, they are "movies".

And of course this was further complicated by the fact that the textbook website will only let you listen online, so I had to "download" all of those recordings by recording them as they played on my computer, which did not do much for their sound quality.

6uzz fiiki ya taknolojiyya!

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