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.
Educreations – Free
ChatterKid Pix – Free
DropVox – $1.99 This app records the audio and save it directly to your Dropbox account.
Literably– Free I love this app/webtool! It records students reading a leveled book and scores it for you!
Notability – $.99 – $3.99 (Price can Vary)
Book Creator – $4.99 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
RecorderHQ – Free I use this when the kids want to just record an audio file. It can be uploaded to their Google drive.
Google Keep – Free 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
Sock Puppets– Free
Chromebooks or PC-
Google Slides (Free) create content, go into the PRESENT mode and then have students create the “Screencastify” 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.
Need a quiet place to record audio any of these projects in your room? Try my Chatterbox for $45.99!