Well I am feeling very frustrated as I am writing this post. I have just spent the last three hours trying to convert an audio file, that I created in a program called Audacity, into an MP3 file with no success.
I set up an account with SlideShare and uploaded a PowerPoint presentation, saved it and then embedded the code into my blog. This all seemed to work well so I moved on to the next requirement which instructed me to make a narration audio file. I downloaded Audacity and after a fair bit of playing around I recorded and saved my first audio file. It was saved as an .aup file so I clicked on the 'Export as MP3' selection under the file menu and was instructed that I needed to download a LAME MP3 encoder (whatever this is). I searched in Google and found that I needed to download this through a site called SourceForge but again I had no success.
At this point in time I realise that I need to move on and, contrary to my motivational quote by Winston Churchill, have given up for now. I am feeling disappointed that I was not able to link an MP3 file to my SlideShare presentation as I know that adding audio to visual information is a more effective way of teaching and learning (Stansbury, 2008). I would appreciate any feedback if there are any 'Digital Natives' out there that have had success.
Just briefly, SlideShare is a website that allows individuals and organisations to upload presentations, share their ideas and connect with others (SlideShare, 2009). Presentations can be embedded into blogs and websites and you can even add audio to your slides (lol). SlideShare is an elearning tool that aligns with connectivism as it provides a source of information that can be accessed when knowledge is needed but not known (Siemens, 2004).
Siemens, G. (2004). Connectivism: A learning theory for the digital age. Retreived August 16, 2009, from http://www.elearnspace.org/Articles/connectivism.htm
SlideShare. (2009). About Us. Retrieved August 17, 2009, from http://www.slideshare.net/about?PHPSESSID=cdcd1c967d45a922f503f2147b6d3902
Stansbury, M. (2008). Analysis: How multimedia can improve learning. Retrieved August 17, 2009, from http://www.eschoolnews.com/news/top-news/?i=53243