Sunday, January 17, 2010
My Wish List for Audio in Google Docs
I realize there is the potential for copyright abuse with MP3s, but I want to be able to create audio narrations to go along with the other artifacts in a portfolio. Students learning to speak another language need an easy way to capture spoken evidence of their learning. Of course, the user interface is also an issue, since it is usually young children who can talk about their learning before they can write about it... or collect reading samples, now sometimes done with iPods... so it needs to be easy enough for elementary teachers and students to use.
Even better, a built-in tool like Myna would be terrific, that would allow someone to record a narration that would get embedded on a page! The first e-portfolio tool that I ever used (the Grady Profile originally written in Hypercard) had the built-in ability to record audio (specifically reading samples). That was 1991! I don't know of any web-based e-portfolio tool with the ability to capture audio directly (rather than uploading a pre-recorded audio file). Right now, we often use Audacity for recording to our computers, exporting the audio clip to MP3, uploading/embedding the clip into whatever e-portfolio system we are using... a lot of steps. As we move to cloud computing, we need more simple cloud-based tools that don't rely on desktop applications.
This is very exciting news but I don't see this functionality for my personal Google account or our Google Apps for Ed accounts. Is it just available for Enterprise clients?
It allows you to record directly from the internet without any signup hassles and embed or link the file. It works with Google Sites and Wikispaces.
Hope this helps, I hope to be using audio & Sites this year too.
Nick, I want an embedded audio file that will just play on a Google Sites page, not link out to another website. I've also found that the volume in VoiceThread can be too low, and I can't figure out how to adjust it.
Shaun, thanks for the suggestion. I'll try vocaroo.com.
I agree entirely with your wish to embed audios as easily as videos on a google site or blogger for that matter...
I asked for it in the google blog for students a year ago approx but got no reply from google. My students have sometimes problem in the whole process of getting an embed for their spoken evidence, it's true.
Divshare has proved totally reliable so far.
My new favourite tool, though is an iphone app called audioboo. you record your voice in an astounding high quality and directly publish it into the web of audioboo.fm, where they give you the embed code straight away. If you sign in the web, all your recordings are in your account. If not, it's just a container for anonymous audio, with the embed and link to share.
Both possibilities are really useful to use audio in the classrooom, in particular foreign languages, as it is our case.
I hope you will have a chance to test it out. I would love to hear your opinion as the expert in the field.
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