In this podcast from the road, I compare the available features, limitations, and relative benefits of using the web service drop.io compared to Gabcast for cell phone (or regular land line phone) digital recording. Gcast is another available option for phone-in recording, and I discuss it a bit as well. Both Gabcast and Gcast became commercial-only phone recording services in the spring of 2009, but drop.io still offers 100 MB or about 450 minutes of free phone recording to anyone. In the podcast I provide an overview of a lecturecasting via cell phone pilot project I helped facilitate this past spring with a local university using Gabcast, and also describe how participants in our Celebrate Oklahoma Voices digital storytelling project have used Gabcast in the past to permit relatives in different towns to record and share oral history interviews digitally. Cell phone digital recording can be used to create “no-edit” podcasts which are immediately available on the Internet for others to access. When students are asked to provide summary podcasts of instructor lectures for class, these types of solutions can be ideal. It is also wonderful to be able to empower ANYONE with access to a phone to be able to provide audio input or feedback for a project. I am loving drop.io and highly commend it to you. Check out the shownotes for this podcast for extensive links to the resources mentioned in this episode.

Show Notes:

  1. Drop.io
  2. drop.io voice:  leave voicemail on a drop
  3. Sony ICD-UX70 MP3 Digital Audio Recorder
  4. Gabcast
  5. GCast
  6. Duke Digital Initiative
  7. Duke Digital Initiative – Evaluation of 2004-05 Academic iPod Projects, June 2005 (PDF)
  8. Echo360
  9. 2009 Mother’s Day Podcast (created free with GCast – no cell phone recording used tho)
  10. Audacity (free, open source audio editor)
  11. Celebrate Oklahoma Voices
  12. StoryChasers
  13. Apple OS X Server Podcast Producer
  14. MidDel Public Schools
  15. MidDel Public Schools PodSquad
  16. CNAME Registry Change: Helping more teachers and students access a Ning website via a subdomain and a CNAME entry in DNS
  17. Digital Video Instigators (mini-lessons) from Celebrate Oklahoma Voices
  18. Scribe Posts by Darren Kuropatwa
  19. Pick-A-Prof
  20. University of Central Oklahoma
  21. Liz Kolb’s blog: From Toy to Tool: Cell Phones in Learning
  22. Cell Phones as Classroom Learning Tools – Liz Kolb’s 2007 presentation for K-12 Online
  23. Dean Mantz on Classroom 2.0
  24. Dean Mantz on Twitter
  25. PodStock Conference Ning
  26. BlastCast podcast (our post today inviting parent feedback via drop.io phone recording)
  27. The Dirty Thirties by Jeanette Hale (a digital story example which used Gabcast)

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