Sunday, June 12, 2011

Sponsor Spotlight -

From time to time I like to highlight the people and companies that help me pay the bills. This post is about one of the advertisers here on Free Technology for Teachers. is a provider of online educational games for students in Kindergarten through the fifth grade. The online games are designed to help students develop and practice skills in reading, spelling, mathematics, and geography. also offers six iPhone and iPad apps. Each game and app is developed and coded by's founder Alan Tortolani an elementary school teacher himself.

Audioboo - Easily Create and Share Audio Messages

Last week I shared three ways that you can quickly create audio messages to add to your blog. Audioboo is another free tool for creating audio messages to share on the web. Using Audioboo you can record messages on your mobile device using Audioboo's free Android or iPhone apps. You can also record messages directly on the Audioboo website. Messages that you create can be shared by embedding your recording into a blog or website. You can also share messages by posting them to Twitter, Facebook, Posterous, and Tumblr.

Watch the video below to learn more about Audioboo.

Intro to Audioboo from Mark Rock on Vimeo.

Applications for Education
As I mentioned last week adding an audio message to your classroom blog or website can be a good way to help deliver important messages to your students and their parents. Having an audio message, even if it's the same as a text announcement, increases the chances that a visitor to your blog will take notice of something important.

HeyTell---Instant Voice Messenger

My name is Beth Still and I am a Social Studies teacher. I usually blog on Nebraska Change Agent, but I volunteered to write a guest post for Richard so he could take a little time off to rest up and recover from a nasty cold.

A couple weeks ago I received a message from a friend telling me about this cool app I had to add to my phone called HeyTell. This is a free cross-platform app that allows Droids, iPhones, iPads, and ipods to send and receive voice messages with just the click of a button. After adding the app to your device it is easy to send invites to your contacts.

While the app itself is free there are two features you can buy that could enhance Hey Tell's functionality and make it a little more fun. For $3 you can purchase Private Groups which allows you to create an unlimited number of groups of up to 25 people each. With a private group you can message all of the people in a group at one time. The other feature you can add is a voice changer. For $2 you can make your voice sound like a robot or musical note.

I will be using this app to keep in touch with my friends during ISTE, but it has potential in the classroom as well. Students could use this app to take notes or record their observations. It could also be used as a way to have students check in when on field trips. Teachers could use the private group message to push out message to parents who have devices that support HeyTell.

I highly recommend this app. It is a fun and easy way to connected with people.