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There is so much free stuff out there on the internet, thanks largely to people who believe in their right to basic software and information: photos, sounds, music, software, services and more!
One of my favourite things is to find free photos on the web
," says michael. For example if we're teaching a theme, i'll search for a range of photos relating to that theme. i like to use 'copyright-free' images, so i go to
Peter Shanks' very useful "search flickr" page
. This site allows you to search for images on
, which are licensed as "
Free Sounds and Music
The creative commons site has plenty of information on their new licensing models .. and many links to places you'll find music to re-use freely (as long as you credit the artist).
Here's a page about where to get legal music for videos
Free music at Jamendo
(mostly creative commons licensed)
Sound effects and music: try going to
has some good links.
, the Australian educators' Digital Storytelling network, has a couple of good links, eg
Free loops and beats
If you have students wanting to put together some tracks, you'll want to download free loops and beats. Try these sites (make sure you double-check licences before you publish.)
i once found a terrific site where artists share tracks, and add to each other's compositions .. but can i find it now? No.
It was a bit like yourbeats.com, but better ..
is not only free as in 'free beer', it's free as in 'free speech' as well. Free and open source.
Image/ audio browser:
is a great app for browsing folders full of images (makes thumbnails), and it has some image-editing capacity too. Not only that, but it'll preview mp3 audio files too (so you can rename while listening).
is good for renaming all the files in a folder (eg on your iRiver or digital camera).
Tag editor for mp3 files:
is terrific for adjusting tags on mp3 files (in batches), whether you've made them yourself or downloaded them.
VLC is not bad
(open source). Plus, there's
a portable version over at portableapps
Video: download and play:
Miro is a program to collect online video
(podcasts and vodcasts). However, i found it a terrible hog on my computer resources as well as bandwidth (michael).
Michael Chalk has
more on free software over here
Plus take a look at
Alan Levine's brilliant list of 50 tools for making Digital Stories
/ Narrative Video.
(licensed under creative commons)
: thanks very much for
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Takin to the Banksy by
help on how to format text
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