Sunday, April 26, 2015

Audio Tools for Speaking Practice in ELL, Foreign Language or Speech Classes

This week, I had a question from an ELL teacher about finding a user-friendly too for students to use to record and share voice clips. Since our district is a BYOD one, it would make sense that the tool(s) be available and able to share across multiple platforms.

There doesn't seem to be a perfect answer to this question, but here are a few options.

Clyp.it
https://clyp.it/
I heard about Clyp.it from Richard Byrne and Larry Ferlazzo. Students can record and share the file using the Clyp.it website.Then they can share it with a link or embed it in a web page or blog post. Or they could post it to Google Plus, a tool that some of our teachers use. If the class uses Google Classroom, students could turn it in using the provided link. There doesn't seem to be a way to share it directly to Google Drive.

Students are also able to record and upload the sound file to Clyp.it's website via free iOS and Android apps or they can share the link via e-mail via the share option on the app.It is very easy to use.

TwistedWave
https://twistedwave.com/
TwistedWave is a second option. It is a free online editor that allows you do basic recording and editing of sound files. The files can be exported to Google Drive or SoundCloud for sharing. You can also import sound files from Google Drive or SoundCloud to edit them and export them. There is an iOS app at this time, but not one for Android yet. The free app for iPhones is a recorder that has basic functions for recording and uploading. You can share the file by e-mailing the file or just a link.. For anything else, you would have to pay for it.

The best option would be to record the file in Clyp.it, do any editing in TwistedWave, and then export your masterpiece to Google Drive or SoundCloud.