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The Loud Learner
1 minutes | Aug 1, 2014
TLL Going Off the Air
11 minutes | Jul 3, 2014
Ep 33: Mysterious Numbers Stations
For years, mysterious broadcasts across shortwave radio have baffled listeners. Many believe these international stations are the result of encoded transmissions meant for spies and government agencies. Take a listen to some of the more popular broadcasts with me as I explore the purpose behind numbers stations.
7 minutes | Jun 24, 2014
Ep 32: Long Live the Mix Tape
Anyone growing up in the 1980s remembers the mix tape, but do they consider it an art? I take a quick step back in time to look at the rise and fall of the beloved mix tape.
12 minutes | Jun 5, 2014
Ep 31: WWII V-Discs
During World War II, phonograph records were in their prime. Recordings of music, personal messages, speeches, and information were shipped worldwide. A couple of programs in the United States brought the voices of loved ones to troops and music to boost morale.
8 minutes | May 23, 2014
Ep 30: Wind Chimes
Wind chimes used to be hung to keep evil spirits away. Today we display them as musical outdoor decorations. I explore the history of wind chimes as I hunt for the perfect anniversary gift. Get ideas for creating your own wind chimes at doityourself.com - search for 'wind chimes'. Additional music by Kevin MacLeod.
15 minutes | May 6, 2014
Ep 29: Foundbite
Sharing audio is becoming more popular, but each service is unique. One of my favorite apps, Foundbite, has really hit the mark with social audio. Foundbite developer, James Mundy, talked with me about this amazing app and future plans for improving ways weshare audio with the world.
11 minutes | Apr 21, 2014
Ep 28: Casey Jones’ Whippoorwill Whistle
Casey Jones, a railroad hero, used a signature train whistle blow to signal his approach along the Central Illinois line. His heroic attempt to stop the Cannonball Express before slamming into a stalled freight train is forever remembered in The Ballad of Casey Jones, featured in this episode. Additional music by Kevin MacLeod.
12 minutes | Apr 11, 2014
Ep 27: Wolfram Tones and Scratch
Playing with audio and music using programs like Wolfram Tones and Scratch helps children develop computational, listening, musical, and math skills. I share my experiences in elementary education with these two applications and reasons why audio play is important. Check out the Wolfram Math Club blog post mentioned in the episode! Additional music by my former students, Kevin MacLeod, Pitx, and jlbrock44 from CCMixter.
14 minutes | Mar 31, 2014
Ep 26: The Hindenburg Disaster and Audio History
One of the first recorded radio news broadcast for later playback was Herb Morrison's account of the Hindenburg disaster for WLS, a Chicago radio station. Taking a look at the story behind the recording, I explore history through audio. You can do the same on Internet Archive or by listening to the podcast Fugitive Waves.
11 minutes | Mar 14, 2014
Ep 25: Creating Voice Identities
Augmentative communication devices like IntelliKeys/IntelliToolsdon't offer many voice options for users. Vocal ID plans to change that by creating voice identities for those who are unable to speak and use speech-generating devices. I explore this project, how vocal identities are created, and how you can get involved.
14 minutes | Mar 2, 2014
Ep 24: Indy’s Paramount Music Palace & The Mighty Wurlitzer
The Might Wurlitzer theater organ was built to accompany silent films, but many ended up in pizza restaurants. I share my memories of Indianapolis' Paramount Music Palace and the history of its beautiful theater organ. I mention an article by Historic Indianapolis.com that shares details about the forgottenrestaurant. Take a look at The Paramount (inside outside) and the take-home menu.
8 minutes | Feb 21, 2014
Ep 23: Visiting the Rhythm Discovery Center
The Rhythm Discovery Center in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA is a place where being loud is encouraged. This percussion museum brings out the inner rhythm in all of us is perfect for young children of all ages. In this episode, I share my kids' experiences during our first trip to the center.
13 minutes | Feb 17, 2014
Ep 22: Creating and Listening to Audiobooks
In episode 8, I shared audiobook services such as Audible.com, Overdrive Media, and Librivox. This time, I talk a little more about those services and how to make your own audiobooks. Using Audacity along with free sound effects from Freesound.org and music from CCMixter, you can create dynamic audiobook recordings with your own book collection. On the flipside, I share how children can make their own audiobooks to help improve reading fluency and confidence.
13 minutes | Jan 10, 2014
Ep 19: Noise Pollution
The EPA defines noise pollution as an annoyance to humans that can be harmful to our health, but I explore the possibility of noise pollution impacting more than just humans. Looking at the work of Bernie Krause (check out his TED Talk) and Soundscape Ecology, I explore the idea that human-made noise impacts the environment.Perhaps our noise isn't just an annoyance to humans.
7 minutes | Jan 3, 2014
Ep 18: Musical Machines
Music has been created in various ways throughout the centuries. Today, we have machines and robots to take musical requests, play movie theme songs, and help us visualize music. I explore three of these machines, starting with Yuri Suzuki's "Looks Like Music" project featured in FastCompany. Stanley, a player piano that takes requests via Twitter and University of Pennsylvania's flying robots, featured in The Verge, that play the James Bond theme wrap up the show. Plus, I feature a new segment entitled "Matt's Playlist" where I recommend musical artists and podcasts based on what's currently in my playlist. This episode I'm listening to Wax Tailor and WNYC's New Tech City! Take a look at these videos of the Looks Like Music Project and Introducing Stanley.
11 minutes | Dec 12, 2013
Ep 16: Sound Stories
Using sound effects and recordings to create stories can be an entertaining and meaningful way for students to share their experiences with a variety of subjects. Featuring a story from KPBS and student work from Margaret Noble's high school digital media class, I explore the possibilities of using sound to help students creatively tell stories.Websites Mentioned:KPBS: High Tech High Students Learn Art of Storytelling with Sound - http://www.kpbs.org/news/2012/mar/02/students-learn-art-storytelling-sound/Media Art By Students (Abstract Sound Stories) - http://margaretnoble.net/educator/abstract-sound-story/Foundbite App - http://www.foundbite.co/
9 minutes | Nov 15, 2013
Ep 13: Designing Elementary Classrooms for Sound
How can a child attend a school with open classrooms - no walls? I did, and it was noisy. In this episode, I take a look at why architects and educational leaders should design classrooms with sound in mind, and it's impact on students' learning.Websites Mentioned:Sound Education - http://soundeducation.tv/Julian Treasure - http://www.juliantreasure.com/Rosan Bosch - http://www.rosanbosch.com/
11 minutes | Sep 20, 2013
Ep 8: Audiobooks
On the go, needing to catch up on a book, or maybe you know a child learning to read... Whatever the case, audiobooks are a great way to read and learn to read. In this episode, I share some of my favorite audiobook services for adults, children, and the student with a print disability.Audiobook Services Mentioned:Bookshare (https://www.bookshare.org/)Tales2Go (http://www.tales2go.com/)Overdrive Media (http://www.overdrive.com/)Storynory (http://www.storynory.com/)Audible (http://www.audible.com/)LibriVox (http://librivox.org/)Music in this Episode (Found on CC Mixter):"Yesterday's News" by texasradiofish"Hear Us Now" by scottaltham"Café Connection" by morgantj"The Bout of Bass and Ukulele" by mindmapthat
8 minutes | Sep 11, 2013
Ep 7: Sounds Like STEM - Computer Programming and Music (Video)
As a former elementary STEM teacher, I taught young students computer programming skills. Part of the curriculum I developed incorporated MIT's Scratch program. This episode shows how I used computer programming and my students' interest in music to create a STEM project filled with sound!Websites/Products Mentioned in this Episode:Scratch from MIT - (http://scratch.mit.edu/)Scratch Sensor Board on SparkFunElectronics - (https://www.sparkfun.com/products/10311) TLL Ep 7 from Matt Arnold on Vimeo.
17 minutes | Sep 6, 2013
Ep 6: Podcasting in Education
Focusing primarily on audio podcasting, I resurrect research and articles from the mid- to late-2000s that discuss the benefits of podcasting in education. With a new resurgence of podcasts in 2013, it's time to revisit the value of teacher- and student-created audio content. A few tools are shared toward the end of the podcast to get educators started, but more podcasting and audio creation/publication tools will be shared in later episodes.Mentioned Web Links and Articles:"Confessions of a Podcast Junkie" by Carie Windham - http://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/ERM0732.pdf"Podagogy: can podcasting enhance the quality of learning and teaching in Higher Education?" - http://celt.southwales.ac.uk/media/files/documents/2013-06-12/pp_117-123_Woods_Phillips.pdfUSA Today: "Remember podcasting? It's back - and booming" - http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/columnist/talkingtech/2013/08/15/podcast-explosion/2647963/USA Today: "College students find time for podcasting" - http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2013/08/19/college-students-podcast/2671717/Music in this Episode:George Ellinas - "Pulse" and "Good Enough"djlang59 - "Drops of H2O (The Filtered Water Treatment)"Audio clip from Abbott & Costello's "Who's On First" routine (public domain)All music can be found at CC Mixter and is provided through a Creative Commons license.
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