YouTube Royalty-Free Music bank

May 1, 2014

When adding music to a video, there is always the point when you want to reach for your audio collection, be it iTunes, Amazon or that pile of dusty CDs and import your favourite song and use that.

Yeah, that’s called copyright infringement.  It’s so easy to do, but ethically and legally it’s a big NO.

Copyright infringement joke

The irony is not lost on me

The big problem is what do you do if you don’t (or know someone who does) have the talent  to create music for your video.  And let’s face it, even if you do, that’s a whole extra level of work.

There are royalty-free music websites out there, but whenever I’ve tried to use them, I’ve found it near impossible to find the right type of music for the mood I’m trying to convey.

The closest I’d found was Video Copilot, which sells a CD of audio effects and includes some music ambience tracks.   These tracks aren’t bad, but they are limited.

The Solution!

Last time I uploaded a video to YouTube* I noticed a new feature, Creation Tools.  And in there, is an Audio Library link.

YouTube's audio libraryThe mp3 files are catalogued by genre, mood, instrument, duration and sub-categorized as well.

And just like that, problem solved.  A decent, well organised collection of royalty-free music.

Thank you, YouTube*!


* It’s a video hosting website, some of you may have heard of it

My job

July 23, 2010

Cramlington made it official yesterday, elevating me to the lofty role of VLE Coordinator.

A VLE (when used best) is the portal for everything the school does.  Like The Force and Gaffa tape, it binds us together; providing a one-stop shop for lessons, homeworks, notices and safe social networking.  While many platforms are little more than file storage, a VLE should be so much more.   Teachers can pull down resources for the class, and push out work to the students.  As gateway, a VLE can be the launching pad to encourage research and collaboration and independent learning.  A communal meeting point, it can bring a school together through shared experience.

We use Frog as our Virtual Learning Environment which can be used “out of the box” but like all products pushing it to its limits takes additional effort.   I’m very pleased and honoured not only by the school’s senior team for this promotion but also from the reaction of the teaching staff which has been positive to say the least.

 Don’t worry loyal readers 🙂  I’m sure my new duties won’t interfere with writing this blog and more 20 tips and poor english real soon!

Google App Inventor

July 13, 2010

I’ve just come across this very intriguing site from Google.  Called the App Inventor, it is going to allow non-programmers to build Apps for Google Android devices.

Google App Inventor

This is going to make the mobile market very, very interesting.  Right now, Apple leads the charge on App numbers for their iPhone and iPad.  They’ve also resisted attempts to allow non-Mac owners and non-programmers to be able to create Apps.

Google, by offering this App Inventor, will no doubt see a massive surge in their market place and I can imagine this will quickly draw them level with Apple.   Add to the mix the number of different Android tablets scheduled to come out this year and Apple are going to have a fight on their hands.

That’s the business report out of the way.  For us regular users interested in e-learning, I suggest buying an android phone next time your subscription is up.  Imagine building your own quizzes and getting your students to complete them from their own mobile devices?  Or how about building a GPS game and watch as your students conduct mapping and measuring exercises.   Augmented reality – how about virtual teachers located around field trip sites?

If Google pull this off, the future of e-learning could get a LOT more mobile.  I’ve signed up already and am waiting for my account.  Expect e-learning App posts soon!

Simple English Wikipedia

July 7, 2010

Stepping back from technology for a post, here’s a really good, simple idea.   Wikipedia as a resource is sometimes good, sometimes misleading and generally always useful.  But, it’s explanations can be a little dry.  

Simple English Wikipedia

Simple English Wikipedia offers cut-down, simpler definitions for its subjects.  Here’s an example of the first paragraph of both Wikis for HTML – the code of the internet:


  HTML, which stands for HyperText Markup Language, is the predominant markup language for web pages. It provides a means to create structured documents by denoting structural semantics for text such as headings, paragraphs, lists etc as well as for links, quotes, and other items. It allows images and objects to be embedded and can be used to create interactive forms.

Simple English Wikipedia:

  HyperText Markup Language (HTML) makes web pages display properly on the Internet. It is a markup language, which means it has a mix of a normal language that people can read and a special programming language that tells computers what to do.

All the information you need is still there in the second definition, but in an easier to digest form.