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Adobe Youth Voices Awards

 

Adobe Youth Voice Awards

The Adobe Youth Voices Awards honors youth who make original, outstanding digital media to express their vision for positive change in their communities. We are looking for changemakers who create media to inspire, inform, and generate solutions to social challenges. The submission deadline for content produced from 2012 through 2014 is March 9. For content produced in 2015, the deadline is April 20.

Free Sources of Sound effects and Music for Video Projects

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Retrieved from Free Technology for Teachers

Check out the education page on Royalty Free Music. As an educator you can request to use music free of charge for student projects.  It takes some persistence but it is worth the effort if you have a specific piece of music in mind.  I once contacted Imogene Heap successfully to get permission for a student to use her music in their video.  It became an international prize winner that earned the student a trip to Italy.

The Internet Archive hosts an extensive collection of music and other audio recordings that you can download for free. Students  need to look at the usage rights closely when they find things on the Internet Archive. Not everything that is available to download for free is eligible to be reused for free.

Sound Bible is a resource for finding and downloading free sound clips, sound effects, and sound bites. All of the sounds on Sound Bible are either public domain or labeled with a Creative Commons license. You can find sounds for use in podcasts, videos, slideshows, or other multimedia creations.

SoundGator offers free sound recording downloads. There are twenty-three recording categories that you can browse through to find the perfect sound for your project. You do have to register on SoundGator in order to download recordings. After registering you can download recordings directly to your computer to re-use in your projects.

The Free Music Archive provides free, high-quality, music in a wide range of genres. The content on Free Music Archive is used under various creative commons licenses.

Be sure to check out the various Creative Commons licenses and the rights and obligations of each.

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Online Education Poll Results

via Chronicle of Higher Education

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In early October, Gallup asked two groups, each composed of more than 1,000 adults, whether they thought “online education is better” in a series of categories. In terms of “providing a wide range of options for curriculum” and “good value for the money,” online education got slightly better scores than traditional classroom-based education.

But online education scored much worse in four areas: in delivering “instruction tailored to each individual,” in providing “high-quality instruction from well-qualified instructors,” in offering “rigorous testing and grading that can be trusted,” and—finally, worst of all—in dispensing “a degree that will be viewed positively by employers.”

Only a third of the respondents rated online programs as “excellent” or “good,” while 68 percent gave excellent or good ratings to four-year colleges and universities, and 64 percent gave such ratings to community colleges.

Tesla Technology’s Car

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Via Bloomberg

Tesla Motors Inc. (TSLA), the electric-car maker led by billionaire Elon Musk, picked AT&T (T) Inc. to provide high-speed wireless service to its vehicles, giving the carrier a boost in its effort to expand beyond mobile phones.

All Tesla cars come equipped with AT&T network chips, which allow two-way connections for services such as roadside assistance and stolen-vehicle location, the Dallas-based carrier said today. The Tesla service also includes Internet access, navigation and entertainment on a 17-inch (43-centimeter) touch screen. Terms of the agreement weren’t disclosed.

Tesla, which sells its cars directly to consumers at prices starting at about $70,000, is AT&T’s latest connected-car partner. In February, AT&T replaced Verizon Wireless as OnStar service provider to General Motors Co. (GM) cars beginning with 2015 models. Carmakers and mobile carriers are seeking to extract more revenue from users while they’re on the road.

“Tesla is the most appealing car to technophiles,” said Roger Entner, a wireless-industry strategist with Recon Analytics LLC in Dedham, Massachusetts. “Connecting cars makes a tremendous amount of sense.”