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The Quick Overview
(almost a case study):
Can You Hear Us - quick overview - audio technologies in classroom 08c.pdf
Great for staff room coffee tables. Now with
big list of learning activities for the classroom
(draft / initial notes)
During a group discussion, teachers came up with these ideas for using audio technologies in class.
learners can get feedback on their own performance
teachers could get feedback from learners
teacher could record lessons, and give recordings to students
record a meeting
each person (learner) gives a talk or presentation
capture language, in native speaker situations
interviews between learners ..
or learners could go out and interview people in the real world
document / record assessments
work in groups, and record each other's conversations
read / write instructions
use language to explain
pronunciation - activities to learn about stress and intonation
record voice for digital stories
talk while photographing
Hm, these notes need some more detail explanation don't they!
They could be a starting point for more detailed lesson plans ..
Here's the original mind-map from the discussion:
More ideas, from the 2007 project
suggestions and ideas for learning activities
using a portable audio device
eg iPod, iRiver etc)
Students each present a short opinion comment on a controversial theme.
Teacher suggests topic, or asks question, sets up device, presses record and hands device around the room.
Each student expresses their opinion.
Finally, teacher stops recording, and plays audio back through speakers.
Group listens and comments, laughs etc.
(Talk about issues, do it again if they want to.)
Could use this in connection with a class excursion. (eg Lauren took her VCAL group to SynFM, and recorded their thoughts as they were leaving the building.)
More complicated options:
students suggest the topic; small groups operate devices themselves; teacher transfer and edit main mp3 file in front of group, or students put mp3 files onto computer/ network and edit themselves.
publish, or upload the audio files into some kind of web space, and invite comments from other groups.
Students decide from a range of relevant topics, and interview one other person.
Keep it simple:
Each pair prepares and practises privately, with access to support;
Then each pair presents to the whole group, and this is recorded;
(one recording at a time).
Each pair has access to eg an iRiver recorder, or a laptop with recording software. They record each other and listen back. Then they edit their audio files, and share with the group somehow.
Students, individually or in pairs, prepare a presentation on a topic.
When they present to the whole group, their session is recorded.
More complicated options:
This recording could be published in other venues, shared via web spaces or podcasts;
students listen to instructions (eg for operating software) and write them down, next to screen grabs on paper;
listen to instructions .. use portable player to do a local treasure hunt in the area;
use sound effects to narrate a story ..
students write their own story, then narrate and create visual as well (slideshow);
record stories eg pageturners to audio, for 'audio book' style reading;
group session: class where everyone puts together a story, and records their own version;
group session: class where everyone records their opinion and someone edits down into a single track (either teacher or adv student)
Supporting initial writing, for very low level literacy learners
Some students just don't want to write, or they really can't yet. What about using audio technology to support their efforts, eg:
Student records their thoughts to the mp3 player. Eg Journal-writing, film review, sports match report ..
Then listens back, and transcribes their own words.
Or, for very beginners, teacher transcribes the recorded words, and student listens back.
Could then combine with other text recycling activities such as cloze / scramble / sequence the text.
teacher collects student recordings, and burns them to CD, along with printed versions of their story. Preferred option: student does this work themselves.
Sharing files via web presence ..
You could publish files, including
student presentations, eg powerpoint, video, audio or combination
files from class sessions, eg powerpoint, voice recordings
.. via a web page, for example
a wikispace like this one
a podcast or blog page
like Rosa's in NSW
image and photo credits: licensed under creative commons at flickr:
Thanks very much:
neagu stefan florin
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