Showing posts with label Audio Stories. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Audio Stories. Show all posts

Friday, December 13, 2013

PixiClip - A Great New Tool for Creating and Narrating Drawings

PixiClip is a great new tool tool for creating, narrating, and sharing drawings. PixiClip provides a whiteboard space on which you can draw, upload images to mark-up, and type. While adding elements to your PixiClip whiteboard you can talk and or record a video of yourself talking. In fact, you can't use the whiteboard without at least recording your voice at the same time. Recordings can be shared via social media and or embedded into your blog posts.

PixiClip does not require you to create an account in order to use the service. However, if you want to save your recording to re-visit and edit you will need to create an account. Accounts are free and take less than thirty seconds to create.

Applications for Education 
PixiClip could be a great little tool for creating short flipped lessons. You could use the whiteboard to explain how to solve a math problem. You could also upload a map and draw on a map for a short geography lesson. Or you might have students use PixiClip to create short stories based on pictures they took during a field trip.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Listen Edition and Socrative Combine to Offer Audio-based Lessons

Listen Edition is a service that organizes lessons around public radio stories. The stories are made available through recordings on Listen Edition. Each story is accompanied by a lesson plan, a list of vocabulary words for students, and now a pre-made Socrative quiz. Teachers can save lesson plans in their Listen Edition accounts.

Listen Edition is only free for the first 90 days. I usually don't mention services that only have free trial periods, but I think this is one service worthy of an exception to that rule. To be clear, Socrative is still completely free for everyone to use.

Applications for Education
Short audio recordings an make the news and other stories accessible to more students. Listen Edition allows your students to listen to the stories multiple times before answering the Socrative questions. Socrative offers good tools for seeing how your students are responding to questions online.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Turn Pictures Into Stories With Fotobabble

This morning I shared an old post about Fotobabble on the Free Technology for Teachers Facebook page. In response to that post Stewart Whitney shared his experience of using the Fotobabble iPhone app. Stewart's comment got me to try the Fotobabble iOS app.

Fotobabble is a free service that allows you to quickly turn a picture into an audio picture story. Using Fotoabble is easy, just upload an image to Fotobabble, allow Fotobabble to access your computer's microphone, and start recording your voice. You can comment on your photo, explain what's happening your photo, or tell a story related to your photo. The Fotobabble iOS app is just as easy to use as the web version of the service but with an added bonus of visual effects editing.

Applications for Education
The Fotobable iOS app could be a great app for students to use to quickly create short audio stories about pictures that they take with their iPhones and or iPads (the app isn't optimized for iPad, but it works on it). The app could be used by students to do some "on the spot" reporting during a field trip.

Over time your class could build a collection of audio captioned news images by embedding each of their Fotobabble creations on a class blog or wiki.