Today’s post is on audio recording tools.  Many teachers are searching for a free web-based solution.  Vocaroo is an online recording sight that is FREE and EASY to use.  No registration is necessary, just select the record button to begin.

Vocaroo click to record

A pop-up will appear that requests access to your computer’s microphone.  You will select ALLOW and the recording will start.

vocaroo allow

When you are finished, you can listen to decide whether you want to re-record or save the file.  There isn’t a maximum recording length on Vocaroo.  Voice recordings can be saved online or you have the ability to download them as MP3 or WAV files.  An embed code is provided so you can embed in a blog or other website.  You can also share your recording to Facebook, Twitter, and other social media with a click of a button.

One unique feature of Vocaroo is the ability to generate a QR Code for the audio recording.  Because recording audio files on this site is flash based, you will not be able to use an iPad or iPhone to record.  You can, however, use an iPad and iPhone to scan the QR code and listen to the recording.

Vocaroo sharing

I can imagine many uses of the QR Code generator in a classroom.

  • Book review:  Students record a review of the book.  Attach the QR code to the inside cover of the book
  • Art:  Students record the inspiration for their piece
  • World Language Classrooms: Give students instructions in another language
  • Directions at a learning station
  • Record student’s oral reading to share with their parents
  • Record a welcome to new students

Another online audio program is AudioBoom.

audio boom You will need to create an account on the audioBoo site.  Once signed in, select recordnew recording; start recording.  The maximum recording length is three minutes.  You will give your recording a title, description, and category.  The audio recording is published to the audioBoo site.  Files can be quickly shared via Linked in, Google +, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and email.  The site also provides RSS, iTunes podcast integration and can generate a QR code for the recording.

Your challenge  

I challenge you to create a Vocaroo recording stating your name, what subjects you teach, and your school location.  Please include the URL of your recording in your reply to this post. I also challenge you to create another Vocaroo recording and generate a QR code for the file.  You do not need to reply with that QR code, but state a way you could incorporate an audio QR Code in your curriculum. Vocaroo Voice Recorder


    • You could create something like that with Aurasma. Kids don’t scan a QR code, but they do scan a “trigger” image which in turn causes a video to start to play. Save the “auras” in channel, have students or parents “follow” the channel, and they can watch any videos that you’ve created.

  1. http://vocaroo.com/i/s1abNjUiKbpO

    I believe my teachers will adopt Vocaroo as it is very simple to use. Personally, I would have used the QR in a learning scavanger hunt, a webquest led by my voice or even in stations. I also envision students explaining their art work for an art fair using this. If we post the QR code by the their work, parents can use their device to gain the student recorded explanation! How cool!

  2. This is awesome.. I love that I can make a QR code. This will be great for stations. If the teacher could just recored the directions for a station and when the students get they they scan the QR code for the instructions. I am so excited to use this and teach others about it.


  3. I just made a very short recording using the AudioBoo2 iPad app. My concern with the app is it asked about being at least 17. If age is a requirement, I think teachers could still use it as a teaching/sharing tool with colleagues. If I am missing something here, please let me know.

    I really like the recording categories..very nice when looking for a particular topic in class.

    • Audioboo states in their user agreement that the service is available only for people aged 13 or older. Audioboo will forego the age registriction for those under 13 who are using the Service as part of a school-led initiative.

    • Be sure to post your Vocaroo URL of your recording in your reply. I’m looking forward to hearing what subjects you teach. How do you foresee a use of an audio QR code in your classroom?

      • Peter, I don’t think that Volcaroo will be an option for your fundraiser for the yearbook. I looked on the Vocaroo site to see how long they keep files. Their help page states: …
        Vocaroo does not provide permanent storage; there are simply too many messages recorded for this to be possible. There is not a definite age at which messages are deleted, however it is likely messages will expire after a few months. If a message is important you should download and save it to your own computer as soon as possible to avoid losing it.

        • I appreciate you telling me that. I’ll have to find a more permanent (and free) solution. I’ll check out Audio Boo to see what theirs says. Thanks again.

  4. Awesome! I’m really excited to see the QR function on Vocaroo. I could imagine a lot of applications for this. For example, if a student needs instructions read to them, a teacher could include a QR code on the assignment that the student could scan as needed. That is very cool.

    Here is a link to the ICATS Broadcasting Tools page as well for those who are looking to explore other tools for capturing and sharing audio: https://evscicats.com/blog/web-tools-for-teachers-broadcasting/

    If you want to go even deeper, here is a link to the ICATS Audio Editing Tools page: https://evscicats.com/blog/web-tools-for-teachers-audio-editing/

    • I like the idea of using a QR code for instructions. A student could follow along the written directions as the audio recording is played.

    • Using QR codes to break down specific concepts within a unit would be beneficial to students. Thanks for the great idea.

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