Wednesday, February 9, 2011

The iTouch Language Lab

This sessions focuses on using iTouches as part of a Language program.  This language teacher uses a free app called Audioboo.  Audioboo makes a playlist player that you can embed on a blog or website.  Students can record audio on the iTouch or on the computer.  They can describe their "boo", attach a picture, and add tags.  After that, they save and upload it to share.

This session was geared more towards foreign language teachers. However, you could use Audioboo to record podcasts instead of Audacity or Belkin Tunetalk attached to iPods. One of the features I like is that students can use it at home on their iPods without having to have a Belkin Tunetalk or similar attachment added to their iPod.  On top of that, it's a free app!  It can also be used on a computer without the use of an iPod. A teacher can create one account for the whole class to use without having to create an account for every student. It's a simple solution for podcasting if you're looking for something easy to get started with.

Another great feature of Audioboo is that you can subscribe to "boos" just like you can subscribe to podcasts. The students could subscribe to their class Audioboo podcasts to listen to their classmates' podcasts. The teacher could also subscribe to listen to the podcasts to grade their podcasts easily by listening to them in the car on the way home, for example. Take a look at this quick video to see an example of how easy it is to use the Audioboo app.

I can see some great uses for Audioboo in the third grade classroom.  I'm definitely going to be giving it a try!

You can find more information about the iTouch Language Lab at:

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