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What does digital in education involve?
This is about using and deploying new technology into schools classrooms and passing on information to others. I work with new technology to help improve learning and collaboration in education and to lead the way to a brighter way of learning. Currently we are using iPads in the classroom, together with a smart table, PCs, IWBs and an XBox console. I have been giving teacher-training workshops on this subject, as well as writing blog posts, attending and speaking at conferences. My aim is to convince educators that new technology must be integrated into schools to keep up with modern ways of learning.
What kind of voice-overs can a British voice-over artist living abroad do?
Doing voice-overs is a challenging and interesting line of work that tests your personal and linguistic abilities to the fullest, whilst working under pressure. I do a variety of voice-overs but the most common is providing the voice-over to a video for the international version of a project that a company or organisation is currently promoting. There is usually a version in the common language to start with, then they ask me to provide the English version. Advertising campaigns, Facebook campaigns and special events are the most common types of commercial projects I do voice-overs for.
The next category is educational voice-overs. I get some work from English language publishers who create textbooks and therefore need people to voice the listening exercises in their books. I usually go to a studio that collaborates with a publisher and then spend a few hours reading monologues and dialogues. This is both rewarding and tiring work but the realisation that your voice will be played in classrooms throughout the land makes it all worthwhile.
Here are some of the third-party links that I support, follow or appreciate:
http://www.britishcouncil.pl/en - Website for British Council Poland
http://blog.britishcouncil.org/polandqualityteaching/ - The British Council Poland Teaching Centre blog.
www.nativespeaker.com.pl/- A website profiling native English speakers around Poland.
www.learnenglish.org.uk - A great site for English language learners and teachers.
www.wordcount.org - Find the top 80,000 most commonly used English words.
www.wordle.net - A fun site for making word clouds.
www.visuwords.com - A thesaurus that turns words into pictures.
www.smarthistory.org - An interactive way of looking at history.
www.weebly.com - A great website provider.
www.animoto.com - Great for putting photos and videos into slideshows.
www.ali.com - The life of Muhammad Ali.
www.timespentalone.com - Find your perfect destination.
www.280slides.com - Make a perfect presentation
www.wolframalpha.com - A search engine more intelligent than google.
www.talesoflondon.org.uk - A fascinating website about London and Britain.
Armed with a handheld portable microphone, one fine day last summer I was asked to help out at the British Council stand in Pole Mokotowskie Park in Warsaw. The idea was to entice people to come in and try various tongue-twisters. It was great to do some hosting and even young kids were trying the tongue-twisters in the end. I did the tongue-twisters again as part of the opening of a British Council off-site school.
All of the following sound studios are in Warsaw. Some I use on a regular basis to record material:
Film Studio Kobart - www.kobart.pl
Sound Studio Efektura - www.efektura.com
Cut Cut Production House - www.cutcut.pl
Film Studio Zielony Pomidor -www.zielonypomidor.pl
Sound Studio PostMeridian - www.postmeridian.com.pl
Recording Studio GMS Records - www.gms.waw.pl
Bell-Sound Production - www.bellsound.pl
My full list of voice-over recordings from 2001 to the present:
Recording meetings for voice samples at Resource language school as part of English materials in 2001., recorded at an independent recording studio in Warsaw.
Recording material for FCE text book publisher at GMS Records in 2004.
Recording corporate telephone voice message for Filmit production house in 2006 at Filmit.
Onco-Olympics voice-over. Recording of the commercial for the Onco-Olympics at Postmeridian studio in 2008.
Voiceover for Amnesty International charity campaign in 2008. Recorded at Box postproduction studio.
Corporate voice-over for Grey Group (international version) in March 2011 and May 2011.
Voiceover for presentation about the 20th anniversary (1989-2009) of the first free election in Poland in 2009. Recorded at Cut Cut.
Recording material for Matura text book at Kobart studio on 7th June 2011.
Recording for presentation about Wola Park Shopping Centre (international version) on 4th November 2011 at Zielony Pomidor.
Recording for listenings on Voices 3 CD by Macmillan at Kobart studio in November 2011.
Recording for Matura text book at Kobart Studios in February 2012.
Voiceover for LOT Polish Airlines Facebook campaign (international version), released on Vimeo. Recorded in April 2012, recorded at Zielony Pomidor
Recording for Matura Repetytorium z Testami listenings at Kobart studio in June 2012 for Macmillan.
Voiceover for the internet campaign 'Secure your behind - get a Colonoscopy' (international version) for Mam Haka na Raka,June 2012, recored at Zielony Pomidor.
Voice-over for Polish/English board game, September 2012., recorded at an independent recording studio in Warsaw
A series of Youtube videos for the British Council about English pronunciation, recorded in October 2012.
Voice-over for text book at Kobart studio with Kuba Green in November 2012.
Voice-over for Mam Haka Na Raka coporate presentation, English version, December 2012, recorded at Zielony Pomidor.
Kuba Green voice-over for Macmillan Polska March 2013 recorded at Bell Sound Production.
Available for the following:
Company/corporate presentations and videos.
Websites and internet voice-overs.
E-learning, textbooks and educational listening activities.
Voicemail, voice message, voicebank.
Announcements/radio slots. Adverts/commercials/spots/jingles.
Plus other suggestions customised to your needs.
Jon Green - Coming from South East England I have a neutral accent typical of the area. Born in Horsham near Brighton but growing up in Hampshire and Tunbridge Wells in Kent, my accent is also influenced by the London accent. I have a warm, medium-pitch voice that can be adapted to sound like young adults as well as adults and can cope with other British accents (e.g. Scottish).
In one morning's session we recorded professional videos at a recording studio in Warsaw. Five of us sat in chat show-style seating and proceeded to tell anecdotes, observations, comments and an analysis of English pronunciation and the length and breadth of the complexity of the different accents, slang, dialects and so on.
It was a brave effort on our part as we had no script, just a loose brief with an outline of what was expected. In all, 10 videos were created with, dare I say it, Monty Python-like animation (and humour!)
It was a light-hearted look and by the end of the session we really had covered every subject possible and were quite exhausted. Ultimately, was not only fun but also a great experience and something for everyone to have a laugh at once in a while.
What do you think? Did we succeed in entertaining and informing at the same time?
Here's a link to the playlist and introduction:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0KFftnivzp0
If you are a beginner starting out in the world of voice-overs then take a look at this sliderocket slideshow I have created. Happy recording!
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