We’re working with one of our partnerships schools on a project with some 11-year olds where they record a desert-island diary entry in Audacity and create an mp3 out of it.
We want to be able to then put the mp3 onto the VLE but have hit a real snag.
Far from making the process of saving and sharing work easier, having the learning platform involved makes it harder.
The issue is that when you log into the VLE (MS Sharepoint in our case) where there is a document folder for saved work in some applications like Open Office and MS Office you can see these folders when you click on “Save Project As…”
The problem with Audacity is that it can’t see these web-based folders so at the moment we have to go through a lengthy process of saving the work in progress to either a document folder or the local machine and then copying and pasting into the web folder.
This is harder than it sounds when you have a reluctant, stroppy group of Y11′s and understandably the partner teachers are anxious about taking the project on themselves as it seems too complicated.
I have a dual plan of attack on this and I’ll keep you updated on the outcome.
I’m going to BETT this year so will accost the Microsoft stand for their advice but I’ve also emailed the Audacity developer team with the suggestion that they include the ability to sve to web folders in a future release.
It’ll be interesting to see how much value they developers put on finding a solution and whether a pleb like me can influence development of a piece of open-source software.
NOTE: Here’s an update… (10th Dec 2008)