I am a big fan of students recording audio to “show what they know with media.” Video projects can also be great, but there are more moving parts to video projects. Greater complexity means not only more technical challenges, but also more possibilities for distraction. Video projects also take longer. Audio projects can be quick and simple, relatively speaking, as media projects go.

About two weeks ago, I needed to record some audio on my iPhone for a podcasting project and my standby app (iTalk Recorder) was giving me trouble transferring files to my laptop. I decided to give another app, “Audio Recorder Pro“, a try. Despite having the name “Pro” in it, it is a free app and works on both iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch.

The most remarkable thing about Audio Recorder Pro is the number of export options it provides, including exporting audio as video which can be saved locally to the camera roll or uploaded to video sharing sites including YouTube. This solves a huge problem when it comes to audio file sharing in the classroom: Where to host those audio files for free? Thanks to these video export options, YouTube can become your classroom’s free audio as well as video file host.

I’ve been working this year with one of our fifth-grade teachers, who has come to most of the professional development sessions about “Mapping Media” I have offered at our school. She’s been helping her students create scripts for some dialogs for social studies in the past couple weeks, in which students take different historical roles and debate issues. I shared Audio Recorder Pro with her last week, and helped her create a YouTube channel to publish e-books her students are creating. Today she created a Google Site and started publishing student audio dialogs as embedded videos on it to share with parents. These “audio videos” are available in this YouTube playlist, and on her classroom Google site. I’m very excited about this project and the doors this can open for student expression, creativity, and media publication in the classroom using audio!

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Update 2/3/2015:

It gets even better: Use “Voice Recorder Pro” to create a narrated photo or narrated art!

 


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  • I think this is fantastic, Wes. Thanks so much for sharing!

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