Audio Project Examples


As an example, I searched the Open Content Alliance site for children's poetry and found the 1897 publication of Poetry for Children by Samuel Elliot and chose The Little Doves. Part of this poem is copied below. The mp3 player symbol on the left plays a reading of the poem with music. Click the player symbol below to hear the oral reading composed using the Myna Audio Editor.

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"High on the top of an old pine-tree Broods a mother-dove with her young ones three. 
Warm over them is her soft, downy breast, And they sing so sweetly in their nest. 
Coo," say the little ones, " Coo," says she, All in their nest on the old pine-tree. 


Soundly they sleep through the moonshiny night, Each young one covered and tucked in tight ; Morn wakes them up with the first blush of light, And they sing to each other with all their might.
Coo," say the little ones, " Coo," says she, All in their nest on the old pine-tree.

When in the nest they are all left alone, While their mother far for their dinner has flown, Quiet and gentle they all remain, Till their mother they see come home again. 
Then Coo," say the little ones, " Coo," says she, All in their nest on the old pine-tree."

Just as it is easy to mix text and image, the Web makes it easy to mix text and audio on Web pages or all media together.  Just as pictures can exist alongside text in paper, so audio can fit right next to text on Web pages. The Web host called Google Sites has its own way of providing for the merging of audio and text. On this page, Bob Houghton's reading of Little Dove, a children's poem (1897)  is accompanied by the text of the poem itself and an old pine tree. Such capacity raises questions for the future of teaching. How does the merging of audio not only enhance the nature of composition, but of understanding?

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