The music website of this week is https://123apps.com/. I first found this website through the tech guru Tony Vincent. Tony was writing about how to make a QR code that plays your voice. He mentions the website online-voice-recorder.com to make a quick audio recording that can download to your hard drive (or Google Drive if your students are working on a chromebook). I decided to check out the site.
When I researched online-voice-recorder.com, I found out that it was just one portion of a larger website called https://123apps.com/. 123APPS hosts 10 free web apps that run in the browser. I used Chrome browser successfully with these apps. Therefore, these apps can be used by a teacher on their computer/laptop or by a student on a chromebook. A breakdown of the apps are as follows:
When you click on PDF Tools, it brings you to another page full of essential online PDF tools. There are many conversion tools from Word to PDF and PDF to Word doc, as well as excel conversions, jpg conversions, splitting PDFs, and merging PDFs.
This free online app can be used to cut audio tracks right in your browser. This audio edit tool is quick and stable, with over 300 supported file formats, includes fade in and fade out features, and has ringtone quality presets. You can access files directly from your hard drive, Google Drive, Dropbox, or a url.
A free online app that can be used to edit multiple audio fragments simultaneously. The app features waveform zooming. Waveform zooming feature allows you to cut audio tracks precisely and makes it easy to handle long tracks. It also allows editing and fades.
A free online app that converts audio files for you. This app supports most formats, processes your files quickly, and does not require any sort of download or installation. The converter works with over 300 different file formats including video formats, converting them to mp3, wav, m4a, flac, ogg, amr, mp2, and more. Just upload the original file, choose your format and quality, and download the output file to your computer or Google Drive.
А free online app you can use to join multiple audio tracks into one. It supports most popular file formats. It also includes crossfades and unlimited tracks.
A free web app that converts video files, allowing you to change the video format, resolution or size right in your browser. You can upload files up to 2Gb in size and the app supports more than 300 video formats, and the number keeps growing. Think Zamzar, but without the limitations of how many items you can upload in one day!
This web app comes in handy when you need to cut a small video file. It does not require installation, and it works in your browser. You can rotate, crop, and edit your videos. Files of up to 500 Mb are supported, and they state that they are about to raise this limit!
This is the app that Tony mentioned in his tweet. Voice Recorder is a convenient and simple online tool that can be used right in your browser. It allows you to record your voice using a microphone and save it as an mp3 file. You can also crop the recording. The app is intuitive as it can automatically edit out silence fragments found at the beginning and the end of your recording.
This online app for recording video and taking pictures right in your browser. This simple app has flexible video and audio settings. It can process your files quickly, and allows you to work with files of any length. The app can record videos of unlimited length. You can save your output video file on your computer or in Google Drive or Dropbox.
Archive Extractor is a small and easy online tool that can extract over 70 types of compressed files, such as 7z, zipx, rar, tar, exe, dmg and much more.
For each app, there is an explanation of one of the following:
- No hidden payments, activation fees, or charges for extra features.
- Our application will always remain free. You don’t have to buy a license or pay for extra features or downloads.
- All our services are free and will always be free. There are no hidden payments or charges for exceeding the quota.
- You don’t have to pay anything. All of the app features are accessible and free of charge. Moreover, you don’t even need to sign up or sign in.
- Safety-They delete your files a few hours after you are done working with them.
Amy M. Burns is an elementary music educator, clinician, author, and musician. She currently works at Far Hills Country Day School in Far Hills, NJ teaching PreK through Grade 3 general music, grade 5 instrumental music, and grades 4-8 instrumental band. She is the author of Technology Integration in the Elementary Music Classroom, Help! I am an Elementary Music Teacher with a SMART Board, and Help! I am an Elementary Music Teacher with One or more iPads! She is also an author for Online Learning Exchange™ Interactive Music powered by Silver Burdett. She has given numerous presentations on integrating technology into the elementary music classroom as well as being a keynote speaker for music technology conferences in Texas, Indiana, St. Maarten, and Australia. She is the recipient of the 2005 TI:ME Teacher of the Year Award, the 2016 NJ Master Music Teacher Award, the 2016 NJ Governor’s Leader in Arts Education Award, and the 2017 Non-Public School Teacher of the Year Award. You can find out more about Amy at her website: amymburns.com