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.


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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15 Resources to Teach Keyboarding to Young Children

Keyboarding for Kids - 15 Resources

Young children are being asked to “Show What They Know” in a variety of ways in our schools today. A major inhibition for our young learners is being unable to type what they have to say. Many of our standardized tests require our children to have at least some sense of keyboarding. We are also asking kids to type their research or a narrative on iPads or computers. As a result, we need to prepare them for this new digital form of communication by giving them fun but purposeful experiences without the intimidation of mastery. So, hopefully I can save you valuable time by posting 15 resources for you that I have personally used myself in the form of:

1.  An online typing program suggestion

2. 11 web links to games

3.  2  app suggestions

4.  A parent letter (Word doc.) that I used for you to edit for your own personal use.


1.  My favorite web tool to help kids with keyboarding is “Typing Club”.

Typing Club Logo

Typing Club is free but you will need to sign up for an account and Typing Club will give you your own link for your students to access. It can be accessed at home and keeps track of student progress while allowing feedback on students’ typing speed and accuracy. I pasted my class Typing Club link in our Edmodo Keyboarding Folder for my students to access. I also used a QR Code for those kids that wanted to use their iPads to scan and work at home with an attached keyboard. I sent home a letter to my parents (See item #4 Below) to explain what we were doing and to share the resources that we were using and they could use at home as well.

When I begin teaching keyboarding to my class, I try to emphasize that accuracy is the most important focus, then speed. There have been times of extreme frustration for a few kids and I feel so bad when I see tears as my students try not to look at their keys but by the end of the year, it is second nature to them! The answer?….Games! I found 11 online games for my students that I also posted in our class Edmodo feed. 

2. Here are the web resources that I also have in the Word Document mentioned above:

Links for additional practice that can only be played on a computer because they all require Adobe Flash-

Dance Mat 

Typing Test Games 

ABCYA Finger position

Big Brown Bear -Searches basic Keys

Typing Chef

Keyman- “PACMAN” Style

Keyboarding games- Learning Games for Kids

e-Learning Keyboarding Lesson

3.  Apps:  

    1“My First Keyboard”    My First Keyboard App    $.99 (This app can actually be installed on your iPad to add this primary keyboard            as an option when your child types.)

    2. “Typing Fingers”-   Typing Fingers App   Free or $.99 to remove adds

 4. Parent Letter-

Typing Club and Keyboarding Resources Letter to Parents


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