REGISTRATION EXTENDED! PATHFINDERS SUMMER INSTITUTE

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2019 Infosys Foundation USA will host the Pathfinders Summer Institute 2019, an intensive free week of in-person professional development in Computer Science and Making, at Indiana University Bloomington from July 14-19, 2019. Over 700 US K-12 public school teachers will convene at #InfyPathfinders for high-quality hands-on training. All tuition, airfare, room and board for teacher participants will be paid. Funds from Infosys Foundation USA will be matched by schools, districts, and individual donations through DonorsChoose.org to make it possible for teachers to attend Pathfinders Summer Institute at no cost. Teachers and schools can register their interest at: infy.com/Pathfinders. The deadline for registration has been extended until April 30, 2019. Sign up now!

ocenaudio – a powerful, free audio editor for Mac, Linux, and Windows

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https://www.ocenaudio.com/

About ocenaudio

ocenaudio is a cross-platform, easy to use, fast and functional audio editor. It is the ideal software for people who need to edit and analyze audio files without complications. ocenaudio also has powerful features that will please more advanced users.

This software is based on Ocen Framework, a powerful library developed to simplify and standardize the development of audio manipulation and analysis applications across multiple platforms.

Why ocenaudio?

It works on your computer!

ocenaudio is available for all major operating systems: Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. This means you can always rely on ocenaudio on any computer.

It stays out of your way

No matter how many files are open, ocenaudio always remains responsive. Time-consuming tasks (such as opening and saving audio files, or applying effects) run in background, allowing you to work on other files.

The user comes first

The development of ocenaudio began when a brazilian research group at the Federal University of Santa Catarina (LINSE) needed an easy-to-use audio editor loaded with features such as multiple file formats support, spectral analysis and audio signal generation. ocenaudio development focuses primarily on usability, providing the user with a cohesive and intuitive audio editing and analysis tool.

VST plugins support

ocenaudio supports VST (Virtual Studio Technology) plugins, giving its users access to numerous effects. Like the native effects, VST effects can use real-time preview to aide configuration.

Real-time preview of effects

Applying effects such as EQ, gain and filtering is an important part of audio editing. However, it is very tricky to get the desired result by adjusting the controls configuration alone: you must listen the processed audio. To ease the configuration of audio effects, ocenaudio has a real time preview feature: you hear the processed signal while adjusting the controls.

The effect configuration window also includes a miniature view of the selected audio signal. You can navigate on this miniature view in the same way as you do on the main interface, selecting parts that interest you and listening to the effect result in real time.

Multi-selection for delicate editions

To speed up complex audio files editing, ocenaudioincludes multi-selection. With this amazing tool, you can simultaneously select different portions of an audio file and listen, edit or even apply an effect to them.

For example, if you want to normalize only the excerpts of an interview where the interviewee is talking, just select them and apply the effect.

Efficient editing of large files

With ocenaudio, there is no limit to the length or the quantity of the audio files you can edit. Using an advanced memory management system, the application keeps your files open without wasting any of your computer’s memory. Even in files several hours long, common editing operations such as copy, cut or paste happen almost instantly.

Try it, you will be amazed!

Fully featured spectrogram

Besides offering an incredible waveform view of your audio files, ocenaudio has a powerful and complete spectrogram view. In this view, you can analyze the spectral content of your audio signal with maximum clarity.

Advanced users will be surprised to find that the spectrogram settings are applied in real time. The display is updated immediately when altering features such as the number of frequency bands, window type and size and dynamic range of the display.

NPR Student Podcast Challenge: Turn An Idea Into Sound — And Win

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OK, class, listen up!

Here’s your assignment for next semester: Take a topic, a lesson or a unit you’re learning about, and turn it into a podcast.

Yup, we’re launching the first-ever NPR Student Podcast Challenge. It’s a chance for teachers and students in grades five through 12 across the country to turn your classrooms into production studios, your assignments into scripts and your ideas into sound.

Have something to say? Now is your chance.

Here’s how it’s going to work: You’ll produce a podcast, three to 12 minutes long. You don’t need a lot of fancy equipment or a studio — you should be able to do this with just a smartphone and a computer, with easily available software. And you don’t need to be an expert in radio production: We’ll offer lots of help for students and teachers along the way.

Start planning now — we’ll open the contest up to entries on Jan. 1, 2019, and close them on March 31, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. ET. Then, our panel of judges will pick two winners: one from grades five through eight and one from grades nine through 12.

 

NPR journalists will visit the winning podcasters before the end of the school year, where we’ll present a trophy and interview teachers and students. Then those winning podcasts will be featured in segments on NPR programs Morning Edition and All Things Considered later in the spring.

Before you get started, take some time to read through the contest rules.

Good luck! We can’t wait to hear your stories.