Soungle – great for digital storytelling tasks

I’m hoping to get some digital storytelling tasks off the ground again this term at my school. There are a few literature circles taking off for differing year levels so things look hopeful. One of them involves my English class so there’s a definite goer!

I’ve just discovered Soungle. This is a site that enables you to search for royalty free sound effects that you can use for projects. Great for digital stories. One of the best digital stories students of mine made used a telephone ring tone and a bomb blast to great effect. Here’s what they say on their about page;

Soungle is a free site, developed by Southern Codes, for finding all kind of sound FX and musical instruments samples on our mega online library. As different from most of similar sites, Soungle is NOT a Web search engine. It only searches in our growing monster database. Our goals are to keep it simple to use (search, preview and download) and to keep it free.

Keyword searches are performed by entering any word or phrase in a search box. The retrieved results of a keyword search are displayed ten to a page. Clicking on play icon allows you to preview a file. Download button instantly downloads the sound effect or musical instrument sample file. A short description of the sound appears on top of every sound , followed by the frame rate, duration and bit rate. Remember, all of our sound effects and samples are royalty free for downloading.

A great site to share with kids to teach them about using media without breaking copyright conventions. As I venture more heavily into a connected world I’m more interested in getting my students to post content publicly. To do that, they will have to ensure that they are using images, music and sounds that are copyright free. Makes the task more difficult but the wider audience they can attract to their creative efforts should be appealing for them and may provide them with the intrinsic motivation to get the task done right. We shall see, we shall see…