Tuesday, February 17, 2009

The Practicality of a Teachable Moment Part 2: What Do They Sound Like?



This picture shows how we played and recorded from the 45's. I used the Ion TTUSBOSxL to play the 45's and record them as mp3's. I then uploaded the snippets to GCast and created a podcast which I embedded below.

Here is the conclusion to our experiment. Listen to each of the snippets recorded from the 45's and you decide which ones sound best.


6 comments:

Little Voices, Little Scholars. said...

Thank you for sharing the information. I had no idea how to do that until I came across this piece of information.

Jenny

teal said...

well....I'm gonna go with rubbing alcohol as the worst and vinegar as the best. might help if I knew more of the songs than thriller....

Room Eight said...

My class are currently sitting an assesment test, so I cannot unfortunatly play the Kenny Loggins MP3 as I'd like. Once again I would like to say what an amazing experiement, a creative moment and how fantastic it is to see the experiment through to its conclusion. Love the fact that it was video and its a piece of history in a way as I know when I was discussing this with my class some of the students had no idea what a record was. Cassette tapes? Aren't those in a museum Mr Webb? Well of course they are students...
Mr Webb and Room 8, Melville Intermediate, Hamilton, New Zealand.

Wm Chamberlain said...

@Little Voices It took me an hour to figure out how to use GCast. I really don't like the way it works so I may try something else. The record player was a gift to my wife for Christmas and she wasn't too happy with me using it for school before she used it at home!

@teal If you listen to the recordings you can hear pops and hisses that can help you identify the quality. Unfortunately, there are other variables we had no control over such as the number of times the 45's had been played.

@Room Eight To me, the thing that I find to be most surprising is that it came from out of the blue. It would have been easy for me to have dropped the whole thing when Saul asked about playing the records. The reason I didn't was because Saul was so genuine in his interest. If more students came to me with these types of questions my classroom would be such an interesting place to be.

jkmcclung said...

Your right, outstanding teachable moment. I like what you said about how you could have dropped the subject when first presented with it. It is that type of enthusiasm that is absent in the instruction of many teachers. Great post.

Ariana,florinda said...

Hey we don't need to know the sound

noel,missiouri
mr.mcclung's class