How Def Leppard Got ‘Adrenalized’ With AudioBoo

It’s time to put down your air guitars and take stock of some important rock worthy audioBoo news.  You see, Def Leppard, a band who formed back in the late 70s, have gone all new tech embracing the power of our platform to engage directly with their fanbase.  OK, so they got a helping hand from the guys at Planet Rock Radio – but it was impressive stuff all the same.

So what did they do? Well, the rockers got fans to record audio questions to them through the platform, which lots of people did from all over the world, like this:

Lovely eh? But there’s a nice little twist to all this, having got all the questions in from people as far as South America, Planet Rock Radio then filmed band members Joe and Sav answering some of the questions – they’ve now posted the whole thing up on YouTube. A great example of taking radio to another level and a cracking way to get fans closer to the artist.

Def Leppard and Planet Rock Radio we salute you.

Here’s the video….

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London school wins award for use of Audioboo in the classroom!

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Big congratulations to the Michael Faraday School in South London who won runner-up at the 2013 ALT Learning Technologist of the Year awards.

They were praised for their wonderful ‘Talk Aloud’ Project, spearheaded by two of the school’s innovative teachers Gabrielle Khan and Jason Cobb. The project used Audioboo technology to record children in years 3 and 6 talking about their interests and their lives. They could then listen back to their voices and with the help of their teachers, improve their speech and language skills. The results were dramatic and they are planning to extend the use of Audioboo across the school and in different areas of the curriculum.

You can read more about the project – and listen to the kids here

Gabrielle gave a presentation at the ALT conference that accompanied the awards which was received extremely well.

One conference delegate tweeted:

Another was clearly impressed:

We want to add our congratulations to Gabrielle and Jason and all the children and staff at the Michael Faraday School for winning this prestigious award and our thanks for their ongoing support of Audioboo in the classroom.

For further info, please email education@audioboo.com

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Try our new ‘crop audio’ functionality

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Want to try out the newest way to edit your recordings?

Select your boo and click the ‘edit’ button. Then click ‘crop audio’ and just drag and drop the red lines to top and tail your recording. This allows you to cut out unnecessary pauses, stumbles or other unwanted noise at the beginning and end of your boo.

This is a work in progress at the moment, so we would love to hear what you think.

 

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Back to School with Audioboo

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It’s that time of year again – the summer break is well and truly over and it’s time to head back to the classroom. To celebrate the start of a new school year, we’re delighted to announce the launch of Audioboo for Education: a new initiative to help students and educators to enrich the learning experience and encourage conversation and debate through the power of audio.

Give your students a voice – Audioboo is a great way to encourage communication, build confidence and start new conversations.

Click here to listen to some examples from around the world.

Check out our Edmodo app. Embed audio-based learning into your lessons with our secure Audioboo for Education app, available in the Edmodo app store. If you’re interested in learning more, why not have a look at our webinar and let Lucy Carter, Audioboo’s Head of Education talk you through it?

Tap into a wealth of great content. Need inspiration for a lesson? Want to find an engaging piece of content to start a debate? Interested in sharing ideas with other teachers and getting advice from industry experts? It’s all here.

Our dedicated playlist is a good place to start.

If you’d like more information, please contact our education team on education@audioboo.com.

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Calling all Non-League Football Clubs!

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It’s a very special day for football fans this Saturday -and Audioboo are offering grassroots clubs a free way to promote their work as part of it.

It’s Non League Day -when Premier League football fans can park the roller coaster of the Premier League for a weekend and go and have a good time watching one of the thousands of smaller clubs up and down the land.

And we’re getting behind the grassroots initiative in two ways:-

1) If you are a Non League club – we are giving you the chance to record and upload the sounds of your game for free to AudioBoo to share via social networks and even put on your own site.

Starting with AudioBoo is easy. Just go to AudioBoo.fm, click Sign Up on the top right – and either login with your club’s Twitter account details or your email (and create your own password).

If you sign up with an email address, you’ll be asked to create an account name (should be the club name), upload a logo (club crest) and wrote some blurb about the club.

And voila – you’re ready to use Audioboo.

When it comes to recording a sound (or a Boo as we like to call them) – you have a choice of recording it there and then or, if you are a smarty pants, uploading an audio file you may have recorded in some other way.

If you are using a computer.. go to audioboo.fm and click on the big “record/upload boo” button in the top right. If you have an Android, iPad or iPhone – download one of our shiny Audioboo apps and you can record through your phone.

Follow the instructions…and your sound will be live.

When it is done, it will give you a web link which you can copy into Facebook, Twitter etc so people can listen to the sound through there. Don’t forget to tag your tweets #nonleagueday when you tweet the link so as many people as possible can see it).

And the good news is, once you have created that account -it is free for you to use completely!

2) If you are a Non League fan – we want you to record your thoughts on the day and upload them to us for free (make sure you use the hashtag #nonleagueday when you tweet the link so as many people as possible can see it).

Email marc@audioboo.com if you want to know more.

Hope you enjoy Non League Day.

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The Offside Rule (We Get it)

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This week we are delighted to welcome The Offside Rule Podcast to Audioboo. This unique weekly football podcast, hosted by Hayley McQueen, Kait Borsay and Lynsey Hooper has already gained a huge following, thanks to its witty, opinionated style and unique position in the industry: it’s presented by an all-female team.

What brings it all together is a genuine love for football and a line-up of contributors who really know their stuff – Hayley McQueen fronts Sky Sports News and Champions League Football, Kait Borsay presents the sport on Sky News and Sky Sports and Lynsey Hooper reports for BBC’s Final Score and presents for Sky Sports, TalkSPORT and IMG.

The show has a wealth of regular features, including the popular ‘Twitter Topic of the Week’ and various female journalists from around the world reporting on Bundesliga, La Liga, Serie A and Ligue 1.

Catch the latest podcast every Thursday on Audioboo, and take a look at The Offside Rule website here

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Are you at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this year?

The world’s largest arts festival is in full swing, with the country’s biggest and best comedians treading the boards along with hundreds of new performers and emerging artists. If you’re performing at the Fringe, why not share some of your highlights or record a taster for your show on Audioboo? We’d love to hear what you’re up to.

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For those who can’t make it, we recommend checking out Amnesty’s Secret Comedy Podcast. The team are up in Edinburgh, recording a regular show with guest spots from some of the nations biggest comedy stars, including David Baddiel, Jenny Eclair, Julian Clary and Lee Mack.

Have a listen to the latest podcast – and make sure you check out the channel for more great content.

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Audioboo in education – join our free webinar!

Are you interested in learning more about the possibilities of using Audioboo in education? If so, why not join Lucy Carter, Head of Audioboo’s Education Division, and Matt Bergman, teacher at the Milton Hershey School for a free webinar tomorrow (August 8th). The webinar will take place at 9pm UK time, that’s 4pm EST for our US friends. 

Here’s a bit more information on some of the issues that will be covered tomorrow:

  • What is AudioBoo and how is it being used?
  • How are educators across the world using this unique platform to stimulate learning, connect with others, and “flip” their classroom?
  • How are educators using the new AudioBoo Edmodo App in their classrooms?

Interested? You can register for free here.

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Audioboo at Latitude!

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This weekend our in-house journalist Delores William is heading over to the Latitude Festival in Norfolk. She’s planning on speaking to many of the people over the weekend who will be performing – so stay tuned to Delores’ Audioboo profile for updates.

Perhaps most excitingly though, Audioboo is proud to be sponsoring the In The Dark tent. In The Dark will be offering what they call “Group Listening Therapy” sessions – if you tell them your problems, they’ll find a piece of audio to cure (or at least temporarily distract) you!

You can find out more about what In The Dark are doing at Latitude on their website – where you can also submit your problems for some listening therapy!

We’ll update on Monday with all of the best stuff from over the weekend.

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In the beautiful Market town of Settle snuggled in the Yorkshire Dales an explosion of talent emerges once a year…

A guest-post from our in-house journalist Delores

In the beautiful Market town of Settle snuggled in the Yorkshire Dales an explosion of talent emerges once a year

The Settle Storytelling Competition is here again. Are you a budding author? Are you aged between 10-110? Then you are eligible to enter. Now there are a few rules see below. If you are an educator or youth worker please spread the word. I know it’s a computer, internet world but honestly there are still people who like to write or tell stories, I know I’m one of them.

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Here’s the rules:

  • The Settle Storytelling Competition is open to anyone aged 10 to 110 who does not work as a professional storyteller. (A professional storyteller is someone who earns all or part of their living through telling stories.)
  • The story must be told and not read.
  • Stories should be no more than 10 minutes long
  • All stories should be uploaded to the Audioboo channel by 15th September 2013 by 12 noon.
  • Stories can be traditional tales, folk tales, fairy stories, autobiographical or life stories or original stories
  • Stories may not be offensive or contain any references to drink, or drugs.
  • The competition is open to people from all over the world (though Settle can’t pay any travel expenses).
  • The competition will be judged by Dave Tong, the Yarnsmith of Norwich. The judge’s decision is final.

If you win, you will be invited to attend the festival and read your story. I believe there is already huge interest in India, welcome India!

If you head over to the Settle Stories website or the Audioboo Channel you can find the big green button to submit an entry. The first entries arrived this morning and I must say they are really good – if you think you can beat it then the challenge is there, GO FOR IT!



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