LibriVox - public domain books podcasts
LibriVox is a project which objective is to make all books in the public domain available, for free, in audio format on the internet (generally podcasting). It has a database-driven catalog where every podcasting project can be found using the search page.
Once you have found and clicked the link for a book/recording you want to listen to, there are several things to note about the individual catalog pages. Each catalog page contains a description of the book, and helpful links about the book and author. You can also find a link to an online source for the text, if you wish to read along.
You'll find that you can download files in several places. You can download the individual chapters by choosing 128kbps MP3, 64kbps MP3 (smaller file size), or the Ogg Vorbis files. You can also find a link to a zip file of the whole book at the top. Another option is to find the recording with !BitTorrent, but not all recordings have been seeded.
The first step before you listen is to get the audio files onto your own computer. Once you have found an audiobook that interests you, there are many ways to download the files, and save them onto your computer. Each chapter is offered in three (3) formats: 64 Kbps MP3, 128 Kbps MP3, and Ogg Vorbis.
The audio files are hosted by the Internet Archive (see http://www.media-and-learning.eu/resource/internet-archive)
It is a totally volunteer, open source, free content, public domain project.
Librivox contains books in English, German, French, Spanish, Italian and a few other languages.
Wikiversity is a learning community which aims to further the discovery and distribution of knowledge by helping people to learn and to share learning resources. Users can use Wikiversity to find information, ask questions, or learn more about a subject, to explore knowledge through advanced study and research and also to share their knowledge about a subject with others by building learning materials.
Wikiversity is available in 15 different languages, with a different number of learning resources for every language, varying from a few hundreds to over 20k.
The library of learning materials is growing and contains materials of all types, including a wide variety of multimedia course materials. They are designed, not just for self-study, but also as material which can be used in your classroom.
Everyone can create and revise teaching materials. Anyone can participate in the learning activities. Everyone can take a course. Everyone can teach a course. There are no entrance requirements and no fees. All content in Wikiversity is written collaboratively, using wiki software, and everyone is welcome to take part through using, adding and discussing content.
Pixabay - public domain images
Pixabay.com is a collaborative repository for quality public domain images. People can upload photographs or graphics to the website, and they will be screened to see if they are suitable for distribution. The images so uploaded will go under Creative Commons Deed CC0 into the public domain.
Although it is not possible to claim ownership of any image in its original state or license them granting exclusive rights as they are, it is possible to adapt and use the images also for commercial purposes without attributing the original author or source. For details about this, look the page of terms and conditions.
IrfanView - viewing and editing software
IrfanView is a fast, small, innovative freeware graphic viewer that can be also used for editing. It is intended as free only for private, non-commercial and/or educational use (schools, universities and libraries) and for use in charity or humanitarian organisations.
The software is currently supported and a list of recent changes can be seen on the website. A FAQ page quite rich of useful information is also provided on the website.
Some IrfanView features:
• Many supported file formats
• Multi language support
• Thumbnail/preview option
• Paint option - to draw lines, circles, arrows, straighten image etc.
• Toolbar skins option
• Slideshow (save slideshow as EXE/SCR or burn it to CD)
• Show EXIF/IPTC/Comment text in Slideshow/Fullscreen etc.
• Support for Adobe Photoshop Filters
• Fast directory view (moving through directory)
• Batch conversion (with advanced image processing)
• Multipage TIF editing
• File search
• Email option
• Multimedia player
• Print option
• Support for embedded color profiles in JPG/TIF
• Change color depth
• Scan (batch scan) support
• Add overlay text/image (watermark)
• IPTC editing
• Effects (Sharpen, Blur, Adobe 8BF, Filter Factory, Filters Unlimited, etc.)
• Screen Capturing
• Extract icons from EXE/DLL/ICLs
• Lossless JPG rotation
• Unicode support
• Command line options
Language support can vary with the version. The current version supports the languages listed aside. English is anyway always supported.
Audiolingua – mp3 repository for language learning
Audiolingua is a collaborative bank of authentic audio resources, recorded by native speakers, for a freely pedagogical or personal use, according to the rights of use which are detailed in the legal notice. Its aim is to train oral comprehension for anyone who would like to improve this language skill and to provide language teachers with authentic resources.
The mp3 files are classified according to the reference levels defined by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. You can listen to the audio files online, download them one after another or also register to the podcast.
Audiolingua contains recordings in 10 languages.
German: 699 Resources
English: 756 Resources
Arabic: 25 Resources
Chinese: 89 Resources
Spanish: 459 Resources
French: 485 Resources
Italian: 145 Resources
Occitan: 39 Resources
Portuguese: 78 Resources
Russian: 188 Resources
CLEMI: Ressources pour la classe, Enseigner avec l’audiovisuel : le kit pédagogique
Le CLEMI est chargé de l’éducation aux médias dans l’ensemble du système éducatif français depuis 1983. Il a pour mission d’apprendre aux élèves une pratique citoyenne des médias. Cet objectif s’appuie sur des partenariats dynamiques entre enseignants et professionnels de l’information. Tous les enseignants, quels que soient leur niveau et leur discipline peuvent avoir recours au CLEMI, tant au plan national que régional, pour se former, obtenir des conseils ou des ressources.
Pour développer des activités d’éducation aux médias dans les classes, le CLEMi vous propose de multiples outils : fiches pédagogiques, sitographie des médias, lexique, dossiers thématiques, modules vidéo, etc., et même la possibilité de rencontrer un(e) journaliste dans le cadre de l’opération Renvoyé Spécial.
RFI, TV5Monde, le ministère français des Affaires étrangères et européennes et le CLEMI ont conçu un kit pédagogique pour faciliter l’utilisation de documents et de médias audiovisuels en classe de français.
Composé d’une grille d’analyse, d’un guide pour la conception pédagogique, de 10 fiches outil, de 5 cartes mémo et d’un DVD, le kit pédagogique, conçu comme une véritable boîte à outils, apporte une série de conseils pratiques pour analyser les contenus médiatiques, créer des scénarios pédagogiques et mettre en place des activités de production audiovisuelle.
CLEMI is responsible for media education across the French educational system since 1983. Its mission is to teach citizen media practice to students. This objective is based on strong partnerships between teachers and information professionals. All teachers, both nationally and regionally, regardless of their level and discipline can CLEMI resources, for training, advice and resources.
To develop media literacy activities in the classroom, Clemi offers a multitude of teaching materials and tools, a media referatory, lexicon, thematic modules, video, etc., even the opportunity to meet a reporter under the activity "Special Reporter".
RFI, TV5 Monde, the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs and CLEMI have designed an educational kit to facilitate the use of documents and audiovisual media in French class. Composed of a grid of analysis, a guide for instructional design, 10 sheets, 5 tool cards, a memo and DVDs, the teaching kit was designed as a real toolbox providing a series of hints and practices to analyze media content, create lesson plans and implement audiovisual production activities.
Site des médias
Vidéos pour la classe
SHARP: "Teaching and Learning Digital Media" Pedagogical Kit
S.H.A.R.P European network introduces a new and FREE pedagogical resource for professionals interested in media education and new technologies.
The pedagogical kit "Teaching and Learning Digital Media" is intended for teachers, educators, trainers and others who want to improve their competences in the field of education about and through new media technologies. The central areas of inquiry are images (still imagery, films, videos) and web tool creation and application (platforms for information searches, for sharing, for producing media content, etc.).
The material is based on the educational experiences engendered during the S.H.A.R.P project by the different partners within their own contexts. These projects were conducted with different targets (e.g. students, teachers, adults, elderly people, minorities) and with particular topics (chosen from the main themes of Sharp: identity, memory, territory....) in mind.
The information presented in the kit sheds light on the main theme of the S.H.A.R.P (Sharing and RePresenting) from both theoretical and practical perspectives. The five theoretical chapters of the kit aim to provide help in answering the five main questions below. They can be used to plan and implement trainings "about and with media"; to work with ICT in the didactic field; to analyse and produce images and films with a school class, with university students or in adult education; and to facilitate social enquiries with given groups. The five questions are:
1. How can I plan a project?
2. How can I didacticise ICT in a project?
3. How can I analyse images, film and sound?
4. How can I produce images and films?
5. How can I collect significant social resources?
The kit also contains a series of practical examples on using new media for developing media skills. You can find a detailed description of nine workshops conducted by S.H.A.R.P partners from 7 EU countries: Italy, France, Portugal, Cyprus, Lithuania, Romania and Bulgaria.
ActiveWatch is the Romanian partner of the project and we contributed to the kit with Chapter 7: Visual Language and Representation of Reality.
The entire pedagogical kit is available for FREE in English and some chapters were translated into Romanian by local partner. Soon, the material will also be available in French.
Search the kit
Share your project
1jour1actu - Des outils pour mieux comprendre l'info
The French website 1jour1actu - Des outils pour mieux comprendre l'info contains hundreds of contents (articles, videos, activities, dossiers, games, interactive sheets) on many different topics, ranging from Art, Literature, History, Biology, Science, to media literacy, sport, actualities.
The contents are aimed at the use in primary education classrooms. Each content is composed by attractive images, clear and short texts and a list of related contents for further deepening.
The teacher section provides them with “The highlights of the week”, files to download for the use in the classroom and an overview of the news and activities of the week.
Musique(s) is a free online tool for music education that provides the users with a fun and easy way to learn about music instruments and styles. The description texts come along with sound contents that greatly help recognise the different instruments and play a fundamental role in the programme.
The programme include plain information as well as test quizzes and games.
Free auto-training module on plagiarism and the right to quote
Ce module comporte cinq parties:
- une première définit la notion de plagiat et livre quelques exemples, c'est-à-dire sept pratiques qui peuvent être qualifiées de plagiaires; cette première partie livre aussi des chiffres sur le plagiat et propose les moyens de l'éviter;
- la deuxième partie titrée "Citer correctement ses sources" n'est qu'une suite logique de la première; y sont présentées les règles de la citation et de la paraphrase;
- les trois dernières parties proposent des conseils, un quiz et un résumé à l'utilisateur.
Ce module est offert sous une licence Creative Commons. Il sera utile aussi bien aux étudiants qu'aux formateurs qui pourront s'en servir dans le cadre de l'apprentissage de la culture informationnelle.
This is an online free module of auto-training about plagiarism and the right to quote. It consists of five parts:
- the first part defines plagiarism and gives some examples, that is to say, seven practices that can be described as plagiarists; this first part gives also some figures on plagiarism and suggests ways to avoid it;
- the second part titled "Quoting your sources correctly" is a logical continuation of the first and contains an overview of the rules of citation and paraphrase;
- the last three sections provide tips, a quiz and a summary to the user.
This module is available under a Creative Commons license. It will be useful to both students and instructors that can use it in learning about information literacy.