Audioboo : Your audio alternative in education

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Audioboo is a very sophisticated platform for recording and sharing audio files and clips , a very important podcasting tool for teachers.It is very simple to use and doesn’t  call for any special computer training . Audioboo is the kind of web2.0 tool that every educator should consider .You can think of it as your audio digital archive where you can record you audio , share it or just keep it intact for future use.
I have already talked about how we can use Safesharetv to crop videos and eliminate the destructive features that are around YouTube videos ( nasty comments , inappropriate language) you can read Safesharetv : The Educative Way to Share Youtube Videos to learn more .Today I will walk you through a step by step tutorial on how we can use audioboo to do great things with our students .

General tips about audioboo

Here are some tips you need to keep in your mind before you start using audioboo:
  1. Audioboo can be used both on pc and mobile devices like: iphone and android.
  2. It is audio-only format to which picture , titles and headlines can be added
  3. Audio recordings are limited to five minutes
  4. Boos can be shared in social networks like twitter and facebook
  5. You can embed a boo in your site/blog using the audio boo widget

How can I start using audioboo ?

First , go to http://audioboo.fm/
audioboo homepage
Click on sign up on the right hand corner .You can either sign in with your twitter account or create your audioboo account.
audio boo sign up
Once you are logged in you can start recording your boo . To do so, click on “my profile” tab then click on “new recording” button
audioboo

Audioboo is also a social network .It allows you to build an online community of friends, you can follow people , send messages and start discussions either in private or publicly.
To see boos of other users click on the “ browse “tab and you can select from the categories provided
audioboo

To be able to share your boos just click on the “settings” button and choose the social platform to which you want to send your boo. Five social sites are provide : Twitter, Facebook, Posterous, friend Feed and Tumblr
audioboo
These are the basic things you need to know to start using audio but if you want to read more about it then read Getting Started with Audioboo .
Podcasting with audioboo

Applications f Audioboo in Education

Here are a set of ideas on how we can use Audioboo in education
  • Encourage students to make digital storytelling using sites like Digital Storytelling Tools
  • Students can use it as an alternative to text-based tasks
  • They can use it to practice vocabulary items and word pronunciation
  • The can also use it to practice communicative functions .They can simulate situations of role play dialogues where they will be interviewing a celebrity or an expert . This helps them in fluency practice plus it is so much fun for them too.
  • Have students record their boos talking about their learning experiences , study projects , or just their personal views . Encourage them to share their boos between each other and with students from other schools and countries.
This is it about Audioboo : Your audio alternative in Educayion
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