This evening at The Gaylord-Pickens Museum in Oklahoma City members of our staff hosted a group of Girl Scouts who are working on their heritage badge requirements. I taught a “station” in our classroom focused on “Getting Started with Oral History Interviews.” I created a short, 1 page PDF handout for our brief sessions together which lasted about 25 minutes each. The five steps for recording and sharing an oral history interview online I related are:
- Select Your Story Subject and Prepare
- Interview Questions and Tips
- Use a Digital Audio Recorder
- Edit Your Audio Recording
- Share Your Story Online
Some of these steps are similar to those included in OETA’s “World War II Stories Interview Guide.” (PDF) In addition to providing interview tips, however, I also addressed using free Audacity software to edit recorded interviews and publishing finished interviews on The Internet Archive.
I am thrilled to now have a mobile podcasting lab to use for workshops like this!
We ordered it from ToolFactory, and it includes 15 Olympus WS-321M digital audio recorders. Like the Olympus WS-110 model we use in our Celebrate Oklahoma Voices Phase 1 workshop for teachers, the WS-321M is battery operated (1 AAA battery) and plugs directly into the USB port of a Macintosh or Windows computer. I love the fact that it does NOT require a cable to connect. It does record in Windows Media Audio (WMA) format, however (as does the WS-110.) That requires a quick conversion into AIFF or WAV format before importing the file into Audacity for editing. In our workshops with teachers we use free Switch software, and that is the link I provided on tonight’s handout. I used QuickTime Pro software to do my demo conversions tonight, however, because it is faster and I have it installed on my laptop. (QT Pro is not free, however, although it is very reasonably priced at around $30.)
Each portable digital audio recorder in the podcasting kit also comes with a lapel echo-cancelling microphone which can be used to record even higher quality audio during interviews.
We didn’t use the lapel mic tonight, but I am looking forward to using them in the future.
Go Girl Scouts! I hope many of the girls and parents in attendance tonight purchase their own digital audio recorder and record some family oral history interviews over the upcoming Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays!
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