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Tool #47: Yodio

Type:  Voice to Photos

Teacher:  All Levels (Language Arts, Social Studies, Photography, Science … maybe more)

Student Use:  Tell a story, Reflect on a topic

Yodio allows you to upload your photos and add your voice.  They even add a free service to record by phone.  Easily share the voiced photos or embed them to your site.  Add images to your podcasts … voice post cards …

Here is a tutorial from the creators of Yodio …

April 7, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Tool #19: Yack Pack

Type:  Collaboration, Voice Sharing

Teacher:  All Levels (but amazing tool for foreign langauge teachers, any teacher that requires student collaboration)

Student Use:  Teacher gives feedback, students share opinions, topic discussion, collaboration

I haven’t used Yack Pack (and I don’t know why).  Create a Yack Pack for your class and everyone has a voice.  Voices can be recorded and saved for later, or you can talk in real time.   What a neat way for students to respond to a prompt or continue classroom discussion (or discuss with a classroom across the country).

Here is a foreign language teacher talking about using Yack Pack with her students:

March 18, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

Tool #18: GCast

Type:  Podcast Hosting

Teacher:  All Levels (Any teacher looking for an additional audience to student writing and reading)

Student Use:  Sharing writing, collaboration

GCast will host your podcasts and house them in the order you make additions.  By sharing the URL, you can share the podcasts with anyone.  Last year, my students created podcasts of an essay they wrote (in the theme of NPR’s This I Believe essay).  Click here to listen (the podcast begins automatically and the first one is a test cast … then, the student podcasts begin.  If you want to listen to others, scroll down [you have to pause the one that is playing before clicking the green arrow to listen to another]). 


You will need a microphone (mine cost less than $30 at Best Buy).  You will need to download Audacity (a VERY cool audio recording program … and, it’s free).  If you get stuck, check with your band teacher (or any student that plays in a garage band). 

Here’s a tutorial (I just use the red, green and yellow button) and then export as .wav to GCast).


March 18, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment