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Basic Audio Projects

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July 7, 1-4 pm   Basic Audio Projects (Beginner)

Consider and practice a few fun audio recording and playback tools that struggling learners can use to organize thoughts, write essays and reports, and create creative assessment products! (USB flash drive required)




What can I use to record?


How do I record?


Brainstorming and fluency practice with Vocaroo voice recording


Example of a First Grade Using Vocaroo to practice reading fluency




Example of using Vocaroo with Google Earth



Kindergarten Teacher on the uses of Vocaroo in her classroom



Another example of the use of Vocaroo in the Classroom



Other examples:


Suggestions for the use of Vocaroo in the Classroom:


  •     Sending how instructions to a student who may be absent or on home bound instruction
  •     Students can practice spelling words and then send to teacher instead of the tradition spelling test
  •     Reading and recording stories for non-readers
  •     Having student explain math problems
  •     Recording in the foreign language classroom
  •     May eventually be serialized into a podcast!
  •     Say the ABCs! Parents can download onto an mp3 player 

  •     Orally count by 5s to 100

  •     Read written work aloud for proofreading

  • Use to support students in practicing lines for drama (if you can't read the lines traditionally or just want another way to practice)

  • Record the class!

  • Send updates to parents for students who are away from home

  • Add personality in your voice that would not be in your typing

  • Use for extended "drafting" of written work

  • Use for testing responses

  • Use when expensive equipment is not an option but desktop computers are available

  • Summarize what you have read

  • Describe geometric shapes verbally

  • Talk through the steps of a process

  • Send your homework assignment home


Summaries and reviews with Voki talking avatars

Voki Task.doc



Proofreading and "showing what you know" using Audacity

Audacity How-to.doc 


  • Projects (for giving directions)
  • Students who don't use their voice can enter text and "talk"
  • Social stories
  • Spelling tests
  • Voki gives directions
  • Reports; show what you know (can work with "jigsaw" book reports--one group per chapter)
  • Shy students
  • Safe way to show emotions
  • Teaching point of view
  • Debates 




Working on Mac OS? Try the same activities using GarageBand.

Help is available at these websites:



Proofreading with Podcasts



Podcasts, proofing, and kids

Using Blogs and Podcasts in the Classroom 


  • Record make-up work for absentees
  • Record mini-lessons for students who need remediation
  • Record songs that emphasize skills or rules that need to be remembered
  • Record short stories for struggling readers
  • Record short segments for a Voki
  • Make-up work for absentees
  • Mini-lesson
  • Songs
  • Short Stories
  • Record book or movie reviews
  • Practice reading and listening to one’s self for improvement
  • Tell personal or fictional stories written in class
  • “Teach” mini-lessons on topics they have mastered
  • Conduct interviews for assignments
  • "I haven't used it to learn to read with expression. But I did use it for students to create podcast reviews that other students could listen to. Students who do not normally talk in class, really liked creating their own reviews. Other students would comment and then my quieter students opened up more. My students like being able to hear themselves. Occasionally, I play the best reviews in class. I also use it to create Book Talks that students can access if they are absent the day I present a book."


Podcasting Rubric

Podcasting Rubric.doc


Podcasting Example Using an IPod

Podcast Raven and Nakoma.wav 


You can take audio files with you!

  • You can save to a USB portable drive
  • You can burn a CD
  • You can transfer to an mp3 player
  • You can email or post to the internet (wiki, homepage, blog, intranet)


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