Free Studio Manager : A Great Software for Teachers
Before starting, I would like you to ask yourself these questions.
Do you always have problems to send or upload large files (video or podcasts)?
How many hours do you spend getting some screen shots from a video?
How often do you have internet connection problem in your class?
Do you have difficulty in finding appropriate podcasts for class activities?
Last week one of my colleagues showed me a new, free program that can deal with all the diffculties mentioned in the questions above. After starting to use Free Studio Manager, I have realized that it will be really a great relief for many teachers so I decided to write about it in this post.
The first thing that you should do is to download the program to your computer. It’s totally free. After the downloading process, the following screen on which there are different categories, appears.
Youtube: When you click on Youtube, you can choose your action on the newly opened menu. It allows you not only to download a youtube video to your computer but also to convert any video to an mp3 file. Actually, what I am really interested in is the second point since I believe podcasts are instrumentally valuable in teaching students a variety of important literacy and listening skills.
MP3&Audio: If you are one of those who need to share new audio materials which are sometimes pretty heavy, with students or colleagues regularly, you need to learn how to convert them to less heavy files. To do this, Just click on Mp3 & Audio button on the main screen and choose Free Audio Converter. Drag the file from your computer into the program, decide on the quality of the track and lastly click on “Convert” button.
Photo & Images: Screen shots can be quite helpful when we need to demonstrate something that would be difficult to explain in words or create a context around a topic. Accordingly what got my attention in this program is that it allows you to get snapshots from any video as much as you want. You just need to choose the type of extraction of frames.
Hope it makes your life easier like it’s done to me. Special thanks to Mustafa.
Tags: podcast converter·software·youtube downloader