10 Ways to Use Audio Recordings in your Classroom
Nefertiti Dukes | June 03, 2019
Last month, we were inundated with requests to export audio from screencasts after Google announced that you can now insert audio into Slides.
Well, it didn't take us long to get to work! Our newest Premium feature allows you to export the audio from your screencast and save it to Drive or download it to your computer as an mp3 file.
Now that the feature is live, you may be wondering how you can use audio files to enhance learning 🤔. Look no further! Below are ten great ways to engage students with audio recordings.
Narrate Google Slides
This one is a no brainer. In fact, it was the inspiration for this feature!
For some time, teachers have been using Screencastify to turn a simple Google Slides presentation into a video. But, what about the times when audio is more appropriate? Our new audio export feature is perfect for those instances. You can narrate directions, provide additional clarity, or ask students to add their voice to a class-wide Slides presentation.
Create Voice Memos
Creating a to-do list can be a frustrating process. You start with a well-written list of all the things that need to get done. But, by the time you get around to scratching items off your list, you may have forgotten exactly what you meant by item 10.
Voice memos are the perfect way to redefine your to-do list. You can narrate exactly what you need to get done and why. Students can even get in on the fun and create voice memos for longer projects and assignments.
Brainstorm by Voice
At the start of a unit, it's great to have students engage in a brainstorming session. However, when brainstorming happens exclusively through text, some meaning can be lost.
Have students record their thoughts to post for the class to hear. You may even want to take the brainstorming session to the next level by requiring students to respond to each other.
Introducing new vocabulary is quintessential to any learning experience. With the introduction of new words, learning the proper pronunciation is so important!
We bet your students would love to learn the pronunciation of new words from their favorite linguist, you. Use Screencastify to record an audio file of you pronouncing the word to insert into Google Slides, post on Google Classroom, or add to a Google Doc/Sheet.
Your students probably love hearing you read. Luckily, your narration of their favorite books doesn't have to end when they get home. Try recording yourself reading for them to take on the go. You can even pair students up to have them create audiobooks for each other.
Some teachers have had incredible success asking students to use Screencastify to practice their speeches before giving them live. But, teachers report that students often focus on how they look instead of how their words sound. If you want students to pay close attention to their word choice and diction, have them listen to the audio recording instead.
Create Class Podcasts
Interested in podcasting? An opportunity to put students’ perspective and points of view out into the world. Teacher and podcast expert @mrnesi is on the #ShakeUpLearning show sharing how to get started with podcasts in the classroom. @ShakeUpLearning https://t.co/MZkJPyRRg4— Janet Adams (@sunbirds2) May 28, 2019
Since the release of Serial in 2014, podcasts have been all the rage! Teachers have used podcasts to create connections between classrooms and the real world. With the new audio download feature, students can move beyond just listening to podcasts. Students can create their own podcasts, too! In fact, creating podcasts may increase motivation, collaborative skills, and writing ability.
Record Whole Group Instruction
At times, you'll need to address your entire class to introduce a new concept or reinforce a complex idea. Unfortunately, whole group instruction can leave students behind. When you begin your lesson, start a Screencastify recording. You can post the audio from the class for students to listen whenever they'd like.
Record Class Discussions
Class discussions are amazing! For students, hearing from their peers can push student thinking in incredible ways. But, some of the most important tidbits of the discussion can be lost. Try turning on Screencastify at the start of your class discussion. Now, students can revisit the ideas posed by their peers at any point.
Create Audio Assessments
Our digital interactions with students can rely heavily on written words which makes them less accessible for some.
Luckily, pairing your written words with audio can help make sure all of your students can access the material. As an added bonus, including audio can help boost literacy for struggling readers.
We can't wait to hear what you and your students create. Be sure to keep us posted on Twitter!