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I love sounds - Loud, soft, rough or sweet, they are all wonderful! Having played with local band,  The Dogs , I have developed an appreciation of recording sounds and how they can be used to enhance all aspects of our lives. A few weeks ago, I came across Audioboo, and was struck by the power of this tool and immediately began looking at how we can use it in the classroom. As I believe there are numerous uses for Audioboo in Education, I shall break this post into two parts.

What is Audioboo?

AudioBoo is a website and smartphone application designed to allow users to post and share sound files on the AudioBoo website.  Audioboo allows smartphone users to record and playback digital recordings of up to 5 minutes long which can then be posted on the AudioBoo website where users have their own pages. These recordings are referred to as 'boos' and photos can be added to the boo from the iPhone library or your Android phone along with a title, geotagging and category tagging. Uploading an Audioboo can be done with an iPhone, a Google Android Phone, directly through the website or via boomail, a service that lets you upload a boo via email [1. AudioBoo Wikipedia]. Boo's can be shared on Twitter, Facebook and other social networks or embedded into websites, blogs and VLE's.

Getting Started and using Audioboo

The following videos are great and will have you making Boo's in no time at all:

Intro to Audioboo from Mark Rock on Vimeo.

Why use Audioboo in the Classroom?

Audioboo allows students to create, collaborate, publish and interact with peers, experts and other audiences. It also gives the users an opportunity to use different media to communicate ideas and information.

Who Can use Audioboo in the Classroom?

Audioboo is incredibly easy to use. Both teachers and students will be able to use this tool. The other day my sons (8 and 10) created their own boos with no guidance from myself.

What can Audioboo be used for in the Classroom?

Audioboo can be used for any curriculum area. Students can create a Boos to display any new knowledge or learning. Completed Boos can be embedded into your school VLE or Class Blog. The following are different examples of how Audioboo can be used in the Classroom:
  • Word Problems - Record word problems for your students to complete for HW.
  • Study Guides - A fanatstic example of this came from @SCCEnglish and can be viewed on here.
  • Book Reviews - Allow syudents to create a Boo of a book they have read.
  • Reading - Record students reading Books/ Stories/ Poems.
  • Guided Reading - Use Boos to Guide reading groups.
  • Character descriptions - Students describe Characters as a boo
  • Story Settings - Describe what the setting in a story will look like.
  • Plenaries - Catch students doing good learning, create a Boo during a lesson and listen as a plenary.
  • Homework - Create a Boo with Homework tasks. Embed into VLE or Blog.
  • Concerts - Record School concerts to post on VLE for parents to listen to.
  • Assessment - Students demonstrate their learning/understanding via a boo.
  • Feedback - Use Boos to provide Feedback - Great Example here.
  • Imaginary Characters/ Role Play - prepare a Boo from an imaginary/ Historical Character students are studying.
  • Listening Comprehensions - Prepare Listening Tasks for students.
  • Treasure/ Scavenger Hunts - Students follow the instructions to complete tasks.
  • Parental Communications - Send Parents important information Boos.
  • School Trips - Students create a Boo of a School trip.
  • Cultural comparisons - Compare Boos from different Cultures/ Countries.
  • CPD - Interview Staff on an area of expertise.

Here are some examples:

It is clear that Audioboo is shaping up to be a very powerful tool. I will be using it alot from now on and will post again on other ways that we can use Audioboo in the classroom.

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