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10 Ways to Use Audio Recording in a Student-Centered Classroom

10 Ways to Use Audio Recording in a Student-Centered Classroom

GotTechED Episode 37: 

In this episode, we’ll explore some of the benefits that audio recordings can bring to a student-centered classroom.  We describe 10 specific project ideas that you can bring to your classroom that involve audio recordings AND give you the edtech you’ll need to make those projects a reality.

  1. General benefits of audio recording in student-centered classrooms
    1. Helps students with difficulty brainstorming
    2. “Safe” way to practice new learning/vocablulary for self-assessment – students can practice and repeat if they make a mistake.  Not possible when handwriting or performing
    3. Revising work – keep students accountable by asking them to record reading their work out loud
    4. Tone of Voice – reading a written work out loud and the listening back can help refine dramatic pauses, transitions, mood, etc.
    5. Differentiation –  Record your classroom lessons so that they are available to students after class as a powerful means to help students with learning disabilities
    6. Flipped Classroom – students learn at home by listening to podcasts, readings, dictations etc made by their teacher.  Students like to learn from their own teacher!
  2. 10 Student-Centered Activities using audio recording
    1. Exit Slips – What have you learned today?
      1. Vocaroo
      2. Simple Audio Recorder
      3. Talk and Comment
    2. Picture Annotation- explaining a graph showing a reaction from a Chemistry lab
      1. Thinglink Upload to YouTube as an MP4 (audio+picture)
      2. WeVideo
      3. Google Slides
      4. Google Drawings
        1. Create a Google Slideshow and Insert a video onto a slide
        2. Set the start and stop time if you want only certain portions played by right-clicking on the video and choosing “Video options”.
        3. Now Copy the video from the Google Slideshow and paste it into any Google Drawing of your choosing.
        4. The video will play in your Google Drawing when your double-click on it.
    3. Vocal Language Test – World Languages Verbal / Conversational Test
      1. Vocaroo 
      2. Beautiful Audio editor
    4. Student Podcasting / Passion Project / Alternate to an English Essay
      1. Audacity for PC and Mac
      2. Beautiful Audio Editor
      3. Synth 256 second sound bites
    5. Music Recording – Write, record, and produce a song in various styles
      1. Beautiful Audio Editor
      2. Audacity
      3. Flocabulary
      4. Incredibox
      5. Vocaroo 
    6. Music Recording – Peter and the Wolf
      1. Beautiful Audio Editor
      2. Audacity
      3. Vocaroo
    7. Voice over Narration of a Comic Strip – bring a Google Slides Comic book to life
      1. MP4 trick with youtube
      2. StoryboardThat – automatically exports comics to presentation format in powerpoint or google slides – then audio record over top 
    8. Audio FlashCards – Self Assessment / Formative Assessment
      1. BookWidgets – digital content creation that supports lessons and activities with audio and other interactive elements – https://www.bookwidgets.com/.  Has flashcard templates where your recorded voice becomes part of the flashcard experience
    9.  Peer-Peer Feedback- Voice comments in a Google Doc
      1. Talk and Comment
        1. Share with teacher and peers so everyone can hear the critique of the paper
    10.  Asynchronous Debates- debating hot topics over long interrupted time periods
      1. Beautiful Audio Editor
      2. Talk and Comment
      3. Vocaroo
      4. Twisted Wave
      5. Voxer
    11. *** BONUS*** Math Explain Your Work-
        1. Take picture of your finished problem
        2. Post to slides
        3. Add audio
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    1. Guise on Twitter @guisegotteched
    2. Nick on Twitter @nickgotteched
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    Music Credits:

    1. The Degs: Shotgun http://freemusicarchive.org/music/The_Degs/
    2. @bensounds https://www.bensound.com/

    Other Relatable GotTechED Episodes:

    Making the Switch from Traditional to Student-Centered Teaching https://gotteched.com/episode13 Student Centered Learning Making the Switch from Traditional to Student-Centered Teaching
    Student-Centered Learning: Methods of Best Practice https://gotteched.com/episode14 Student Centered Learning Student-Centered Learning: Methods of Best Practice
    Second-Chance Learning, Escape Rooms, and Pecha Kucha https://gotteched.com/episode17 Student Centered Learning Second-Chance Learning, Escape Rooms, and Pecha Kucha
    Flipped Classroom, UDL, and Edtech Reform https://gotteched.com/episode21 Student Centered Learning Flipped Classroom, UDL, and Edtech Reform
    Is a Genius Hour a Genius Idea https://gotteched.com/episode24 Student Centered Learning Is a Genius Hour a Genius Idea
    Using Edjinotes for Student Collaboration and Feedback with Dan Gallagher https://gotteched.com/episode28 Student Centered Learning
    EdTech Fantasy Draft: 41 EdTech Tools for the Student-Centered Classroom https://gotteched.com/episode29 Student Centered Learning
    24 Tech Tools for Student-Centered Learning https://gotteched.com/episode31 Student Centered Learning 24 Tech Tools for Student-Centered Learning
    The Ultimate Guide to Classroom Screencasting https://gotteched.com/episode32 Student Centered Learning The Ultimate Guide to Classroom Screencasting
    How to Implement Passion Projects into your Classroom https://gotteched.com/episode33 Student Centered Learning How to Implement Passion Projects into your Classroom

     

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About the author, Eric

Eric Guise is a media specialist and technology coach with more than a decade of experience as a teacher.

Eric was named the 2016 Biology Teacher of Year by the New Jersey Biology Teachers Association and is currently pursuing an EdD in Leadership in Digital Transformation in Educational Technology.

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