12Jun

Soundslides as a Teaching Tool

Soundslides has been around for quite a while now. The first version was released almost a decade ago and the user base has shifted over time. Industry leading photo journalists have used Soundslides to tell their story for many years. As video tools became more readily availalbe and services like YouTube came into the picture many of those same professionals started focusing on video production.

As the industry changed, so did the initial use case for Soundslides. As always, the software can still be used to tell engaging stories with images and audio. Over the last few years, we’ve seen an interesting shift with Soundslides taking on a slightly different role. Universities, high schools, and Educators around the world have realized that the techniques and recipes for putting together a great video piece, slideshow, or story in general, can be taught using Soundslides. This is significant for a number of reasons. 

Where many video applications can overwhelm the user with options and transitions, “bells and whistles”, Soundslides excels at doing a few things very well. Soundslides takes media that everyone is comfortable with, an mp3 and images, and presents the user with easy to understand tools to tell a story that can be shared easily on nearly any device. As the times have changed the core underlying principles of why Soundslides was created in the first place are still as important today as they ever were. Soundslides makes it ridiculously simple to tell a story. 

We will be focusing over the next several months on different educators who have used Soundslides for creating videos, audio slideshows, and simple slideshows as a means for teaching the art of story telling. 

 

2 Comments

  1. tewfic el-sawy says:
    Posted 2 years ago

    i teach a class Multimedia For Photographers at the Foundry Photojournalism Workshop for the 5th consecutive year, and use Soundslides exclusively to do so. My students (most of them emerging photojournalists) from all over the world, and produce projects using Soundslides during the one-week long.I’d be happy to go into more details should that be of interest.http://www.foundryphotoworkshop.org/

  2. Soundslides says:
    Posted 2 years ago

    Hi TewficThanks for your comment. We’d love to talk to hear more about your experiences with Soundslides at the Foundry Photo Workshop. I’ve contacted you through your professional website.

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