I had some technical difficulties downloading the flash recorder and even uploading an mp3. Just wouldnt work for me.
Pros:, Easy integration with iPhone or iPod touch, Of the three iPhone/iPod micropodcasting Apps I've talked about, AudioBoo offers the best quality audio, IMHO, web-based recording or file upload (though Heike had problems here), useful tagging system, rss subscription through based on tags (have all students use a similar tag and you'll have a feed of all of their work), Nicely integrated social networking angle through friends and followers model, upload image and provide location info with each post
Cons:, unable to add descriptive text or links to auidio post, 5 minute recording limit
Pros:, An actual link to a downloadable mp3 is created for each post, This means you can use CincCast as a hosting service for a podcast used on another site, such as (MSS), iPhone/iPod touch application, sub-par audio quality for me when using iPod Touch and CinchCast, web based recorder or file upload
Cons:, Cell phone calls from outside USA incur long distance fee
Pros:, Methods of producing and uploading, iPhone/iPod, file upload, Cell phone, This is iPadio advantage in the field, they provide cell phone numbers in many countries which means you and students can "broadcast live" on the net for the cost of local cell call (free in Japan), Used by many educators, There are many positive examples of teachers using iPadio that can be discovered with a bit of browsing through the site
Cons:, no web-based recording, must use postal-code to enter location information, unable to drop a microphone on a google map as with AudioBoo
Free local phone number provided in many countries makes iPadio a soluition that can bbe used by most students. The iPadio team is willing to set up special channels for class projects (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The software doing this is not perfect, the mistakes that are made in transcription might provide useful/fun classroom or homework activities
Some of the French keyboards had difficulties writing the @ sign, so they had problems adding their voice
Easy to use asynchronous threaded discussion recording your voice
THE Nr ONE NOTE: To save the audacity files as mp3s you have to add the llame codecs to it. A bit tricky to set up, but works like a charm.
Not free but absolutely excellent.
Now if only I could come up with something interesting and worthwhile to talk about...
Not really a hardware question, but: can some of the activities and principles of the audio/lingual method be repurposed mashed up to make use of the lighweight and mobile recording and playback technologies we have today???
Would someone please try to file audio dispatches from the conferences in April. Those of us unable to or restricted from attending would appreciate hearing your experiences and impressions as things are happening on the ground.
Bob Sprankle's podcast: Bit by Bit (a podcast by teachers for teachers).
Record yourself teaching
listen back to a short segment of the recording at your leisure and attempt to transcribe what you said during the lesson, It might take a bit of time to catch everything
Are there any surprises while listening to or reading over your teaching?
Perhaps such surprising moments might prompt small adjustments to future practice
Have students compare transcriptions and attempt to reassemble the chunks and compare to instructor's own transcription, Examine and enjoy the varied language features
Assign students 1 minute chunks to listen to and transcribe as homework