Tinkering With Voices in Poetry


Illustration by Melvina Kurashige

Tinkering, playing around, experimenting: that’s learning. So when Kevin Hodgson [@dogtrax] read my “On Starting: A Poem for Three Voices,” he suggested recording those three voices in a podcast.

Kevin invited Melvina Kurashige [@mkurashige] and me to an online, collaborative sound recording tool called SoundTrap [there’s an app too.] With just a few tests and his great Google doc tutorial, we each recorded the voices for the poem. Melvina created the illustration [above] and Kevin added music and transferred the recording to SoundCloud.


I wanted to create an animation, but I did manage to create an illustrated version of our poem by drawing illustrations in SketchBook and importing them into iMovie. I downloaded the SoundCloud version and matched the timing of the recording to the images. I added in Melvina’s illustration and, of course, the credits.

On Starting on YouTube    On Starting at Soundcloud


I was impressed with how easy SoundTrap is use; a collaboration with students would work with a light learning curve. Imagine students creating their own poems for two voices, or creating a podcast for the school. See the SoundTrap Edublogs for more about an education edition. To get a feel for how to use it, check out their Tutorials at Vimeo.

I’d like to thank Kevin for making it happen — he wrote about it here: “Tinkering with Voices/Playing with Poems” — and to Melvina for accepting the invitation and taking the initiative to create the SketchNote of the poem.

Now, go tryout SoundTrap [there’s an app too.] in the free version to see its versatility, and then… share what you do with it! Really, you’ll have a blast.


Illustration by Melvina Kurashige

Slice of Life #sol16 Just for Fun

I stumbled upon another Slice of Life blogger today: Carol Varsalona whose Just for Fun post explains her iMovie Photo Gallery technique. Such beautiful images.

I love to create movies in iMovie — the process and effects are easily created, as Carol’s video shows.

Another technique I use is to create an animated and recorded slideshow in Keynote [Apple powerpoint but so much more]. I export that to a QuickTime movie and import into iMove where I add music and title / credit slides. That gives me options for movement, text animation, etc. that I don’t have in iMovie.

Below is an example. A #clmooc friend, Kim Douillard wrote something about her wish for her students and for teachers.  It’s a profound thought, so I created this video using the Keynote technique based on her words:

Although I usually use GarageBand Loops for background music, I recently discovered incompetech for royalty-free music.

Making movies is Just for Fun, and it brings a creative joy to those who create, for those for whom it honors, and for those who view the videos.

So, whatever movie maker you have, create something — perhaps a quote from a friend!

What will you create today?



Writing Strategies

Context: Started with who and what and why for writing the post W7.3a

Details:  How to directions and example movie

Transition / Connecting Words: Another technique, Below is an example, Although, So

Add an idea:  Royalty free music

Conclusion: End with a question