AudioBookProject: Think Big

I am teaching an academic reading course to college freshmen at a community college this summer and we are reading Ben Carson’s Think Big:Unleashing your Potential for Excellence (Zondervan, 1902). Ben’s model encourages people to “do our best” and “do whatever we can to help others”. He uses an acrostic of THINK BIG to illustrate the qualities of his philosophy… T = Talent…and so on… Anyway, I thought it would be neat to do the audio book to introduce an audio project for students… asking them to look for people in their lives (or in the world or in books) who emulate the qualities of Think Big and put them together into an audio project themselves as a way to help reflect on the reading and extend the meaning…

This is a really rough cut – prototype – of a project intro – I think I’d like them to use meaningful quotes or sections of the book too.


Audio#2 Dickie Goodman

Audio assignment – Interview/Music Mashup
Assignment Author: Laura Blankenship
Description: In the 70s, Dickie Goodman created a series of interviews where the interviewee responded with snippets from popular songs. They were hilarious.

So here’s my attempt…Guess who Mrs. Smith REALLY is 😦

The audio clips came from YouTube: Duffy’s I’m Begging you for Mercy,  Fat Boy Slim’s Weapon of Choice, Julie Andrew’s Favorite Things, and Somewhere over the Rainbow Israel Kamakawiwo’ole

Audio1:End of the Reign of Man

OK – this was a fun project

Sound Effects Story – Author: Jim Groom – Description: Tell a story using nothing but sound effects. There can be no verbal communication, only sound effects. Use at least five different sounds that you find online. The story can be no longer than 90 seconds.

So the process was this – went to and saw a clip for “morning in the Forest” and I loved that image, so I started there and then thought, well, what kind of story could go on from there? I heard Gregorian chant.. so I thought, OK, we’re in a monastery… peaceful beginning to the day… tolling bell, calling monks to prayer..a thunderstorm arrives – thunder/lightening – suddenly an alarm sounds… fire trucks, the sound of fire which slowly dies out, returns the forest to the peaceful sound of the birds…

We plan… but then it takes on a life of its own

So… when I imported the audio – it came in all at the same time and the effect was pretty startling – but serendipitous too… I liked it – chaos at the beginning all the sounds at once – slowly dying off, leaving the tolling bells, then just the sound of the birds… and I thought… I like it – signifying the chaos of humanity…and how it might be without all of our mischief-making…

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