Make your own eTalk

Claire Clivaz and Martial Sankar — 22.01.2017

Before looking at this eTalk, you will have clicked on this link to go to a virtual machine, open a virtual image, and you have followed the instructions.The virtual image has provided all the computing material, software and tools you need to make your own eTalk.So now, you can start.If you want a good quality recording, we recommend that you order a Snowball USB condenser microphone.You merely have to insert the USB digital output into your computer.But you can also record directly from the software Audacity. Open Audacity,and record the discourse that will be the oral basis of your eTalk.Select Microphone or Bluesnowball (if you have it) and click on the red button to record.Click on the yellow button to stop recording, and on the green arrow to listen to the recording.When you are done with your recording, segment it into short phrasings.You will then have to transcribe them.To segment your phrasings, click on the selection tool,and select a phrase (one to three sentences).Then select the zone to extract. Click on “tracks”, then on “add a label at selection”.You can now give a name to the selection marker.Repeat the procedure by selecting and labeling the marker zone.When you are done, click on file/export Multiple audio.Select MP3, then an output folder, and export the file.You can record it onto your computer. I gave TIM as the name of my example.Create and name a folder that will contain the mp3 files inside etalkapp/etalk-master/data/ Copy and paste the mp3 files inside the newly created folder. In my example, the folder is named “Tim”.Open the browser and go to the edit interface.MP3 files are automatically added.You can now add the text in each white box.Just write the text of the phrasing in the white box as you would write in a Word document.Do not forget to click on the green record button on the top of the tool, after having added any material.The next step will be to add additional material: slides, copyright, hyperlinks pointing to the sources of the references, or additional external material.To add your slides into the eTalk, first save them as “images”,then you can add a slide to a phrasing by clicking on the button “image” that is below the white box with the text, in the eTalk editor.Add the slide image in the browser.You can then add all the indications of copyright, in the first row below,and all the hyperlinks to the source, in the second row.The question of copyright, for images notably, is a very sensitive one. You will find a video with information about digital rights management in the first module of #dariahTeach.Try to use open source material, like the images available on Wikicommons.In the eTalk editor, you will still find a white box on the right to add information:you can add additional hyperlinks leading to external material.Viewing the result in the eTalk viewer: you can see the text and the slide together, or just the slide.You can listen to the audio or mute, go forwards, backwards, or navigate through the table of contents.One of the most interesting features is the possibility to quote one specific phrasing with the share button.You quote the sound, the slide and all the hyperlinks together related to a specific button.Just paste the URL and put it in your text to quote the complete phrasing.So you have got your eTalk: congratulations !Let’s discover all the potential of multimodal publishing,and play with the possible interactions between text, image and sound.