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.
A pop-up will appear that requests access to your computer’s microphone. You will select ALLOW and the recording will start.
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.
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.
You will need to create an account on the audioBoo site. Once signed in, select record; new 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.
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