Great Audio Recording tools for Students and Teachers

Audio Tools for iPads & Chromebooks

Why Record Student and Teacher Audio Files in Our Classrooms?  I can tell you why….

#1. Because many of our Common Core “I Can” statements for Language, Reading and Technology involve skills that many of us are still learning how to teach and hold students accountable for mastery. We see standards that include words like, read fluently and with expression, sound out new words, retell in correct sequence just to name a few. We then also see words like; explain, answer, describe, retell, and identify all of which indicate the importance of verbal communication.

Speaking and Listening Standards-

SL.2.5. Create audio recordings of stories or poems; add drawings or other visual displays to stories or recounts of experiences when appropriate to clarify ideas, thoughts, and feelings.”

Then for writing-

W.2.6. With guidance and support from adults, use a variety of digital tools to produce and publish student work, including in collaboration with peers. ”

So, how can we collect that data or even share this data with a colleague or parent? You guessed it! Record your students’ performance using whatever technology you have access to.

#2. Audio and visual recordings utilize technology to engage students and make our jobs more enjoyable and a bit easier. In the last few years, as I have taken steps toward integrating new technologies into my classroom, I have found that on several occasions, I wanted to preserve an audio recording. 

*To document and share what a student has learned or show mastery of a skill.

*To allow a non-reader to understand content and so that they can participate in classroom activities with their peers.

*Further develop my students’ language skills by hearing stories read to them by other readers and to record their own thoughts for an authentic audience.

What Tools do I use?

Depending on your tech resources, I would recommend the following apps that I have used myself.  Click on the links below to see the iTunes App description page.

iPads: 

Tellagami -Free   Tellagami

Educreations – Free  Educreations- New

ChatterKid Pix – Free   Chatterkids

DropVox – $1.99   Dropvox  This app records the audio and save it directly to your Dropbox account.

Literably– Free   Literably App I love this app/webtool! It records students reading a leveled book and scores it for you!

Notability – $.99 – $3.99 (Price can Vary)  Notability

Book Creator – $4.99   Book Creator Creates an actual ebook. There is a free version but only allows one book to be stored at a time.

Draw & Tell HD – $1.99    Draw & Tell

RecorderHQ – Free   RecorderHQ I use this when the kids want to just record an audio file. It can be uploaded to their Google drive.

Google Keep – Free  Google Keep Note taking with a new audio capability. I was super excited about this. You can see my other post about how I use Keep for student portfolios.

Shadow Puppet EDU – Free Shadow Puppet

Sock Puppets–  Free  sock_puppets_main_icon_07

 

Chromebooks or PC-

Google Slides   Google Slides (Free) create content, go into the PRESENT mode and then have students create the “ScreencastifyScreencastify Ext video (Also free)  using the Screencastify extention from the Chrome web store. This is awesome for Google Apps for Education districts because there is only one sign in and once the extension is added to a student’s Chrome account, there is automatically a Screencastify folder created that saves each recordings upon completion. No lost or unsaved work and it can be shared with peers, teachers and even parents.

Recording Booth -Chatterbox Blog Post Image  Need a quiet place to record audio any of these projects in your room? Try my Chatterbox for $45.99!

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How I Record Quality Audio in My Noisy Classroom

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I had a problem…my students wanted to record their voices for their digital projects that they were working on in my classroom but like any other elementary classroom, it was too noisy to get a good recording. I thought “Wouldn’t it be nice to have a recording booth right here in our room?”. I have since then invented a solution, “The Chatterbox“, a small recording box designed specifically for our high-tech classrooms. 

Here are two examples of what I used to do – Tina is sitting at her desk and Paul is sitting in the corner of my room. On both occasions, I tried to walk around the room and keep the class as quiet as possible so that they could record. As you can imagine, my instruction had to stop to manage student behavior to get this to happen, not very practical. We know that using technology to get students to a high level of engagement is pretty easy these days, but keeping that engagement where you want it remains a challenge. My kids were working so hard on their projects but getting discouraged about not being able to hear their voice and I began to see the engagement decline so I had to think of something to keep them motivated.

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Now I use my “Chatterbox” and you can too! See my link below.   2015-10-14 10.36.42

I created this small and portable recording box that has really given my students the confidence to record their voices in any digital project they choose. They love being able to grab the Chatterbox off of my shelf and find a place in the room or in our hallway to record without any intervention on my part. Surprisingly, in this process, I discovered that many kids are a little shy about recording out in the open room as well, so the Chatterbox has encouraged these hesitant participants to record in this private space without distractions from their peers. Using digital recordings of student work is also taking a step closer to that final “Redefinition”step in the SAMR Model of tech integration in our 21st Century Classrooms.

Several of my wonderful “High-Tech” colleagues were kind enough to test my invention and the results were very encouraging. One teacher in my building stated that when her students presented their projects, they could tell a big difference in the volume and clarity in the students’ work when they followed her direction to record using their own classroom “Chatterbox”.

I have been amazed at the response I have received in my district so, now I have my Chatterbox available for $45.99 in Amazon for anyone that is interested in purchasing one for their classroom.

Chatterbox Recording Booth- Amazon Link

What tools am I using to record on my iPads and Chromebooks? –

Coming Soon! I am currently working on my next post- “Awesome Digital Recording Tools for Students” to use when audio recording, saving and sharing digital work. This has been years in the making and certainly a work in progress even as you read this post. Parents are accustomed to getting papers in their student’s backpack to understand what was taught that week so many parents feel uninformed when it comes to understanding what their child’s digital work looks like. I will give you a hint~ Google Apps for Education

I welcome your feedback at anytime to improve my product. ~ Thank you!!

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Holidays Around the World Using “Best Christmas” App

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iTunes States- This app takes your students around the world for a special view of Celebrations in other Continents and cultures! Select countries, find all hidden animations, and be surprised at how they react! It’s a superb mix of learning and entertainment…

Utilize an awesome app- “Best Christmas App for Toddlers and Kids”. It is a great way to learn about different traditions and celebrations from all around the world. The interactive scenes and music makes it a great combination. The North Pole section with the toy factory is definitely one of the favorites.See Compare and Contrast printable activity for students to complete with or without teacher support.
Social Studies Indicators:
A-1 Describe the cultural practices and products of people on different continents.
A-2 Describe the ways in which language, stories, folktales, music, and artistic creations serve as expressions of culture and influence the behavior of people living in a particular culture.

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Best Christmas App for Toddlers and Kids App – iTunes Link ($1.99)

Here are two of my “Techie Holiday” Teachers Pay Teachers products that have compare and contrast pages for your students to show their understanding.

Two Products-(One Free and One $4)

Free! – iPad Christmas App- Comparing Cultures – Uses app described above.

Holidays Around the World, Techie Style!- Teachers Pay Teachers Store

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