Web Wonder Week #10 - SoundCloud
Experienced teacher and tech visionary Dan Roberts shares practical ICT ideas to use in the classroom. This week he’s doing a spot of audio recording with SoundCloud.
SoundCloud is a fantastic free website where you can record audio, or upload something you’ve already recorded, to share with other people. You need to create an account to access SoundCloud, but once that’s done it’s a doddle to use.
We found an interesting way to use SoundCloud this year. We’re putting together a new five year strategic plan for the school and I wanted students to give me sound bites of the one word they thought best described our school. I simply logged onto SoundCloud and asked the students to say their words as they walked past my laptop. The resulting ‘word wave’ was recorded by SoundCloud and you can hear the results here.
How to use SoundCloud in the classroom
1. Ask students to create their own SoundCloud accounts for a series of homework answer questions. The whole class can then listen to each other’s answers and leave comments about them via the website.
2. Get students to write short radio broadcasts about the topic they’re studying; they just need to talk about what they have learnt. You could even set up a SoundCloud account solely for this purpose where several students upload or record answers and other students can then use this as a revision aid in the future.
3. Pupils could create their own poems, songs or raps about the topic they’re studying, which they then upload to SoundCloud to share with the world.
4. Ask students to write a short creative story which they then narrate and upload and share on SoundCloud.
If you have a go at using this site then please leave a comment telling us a little bit more about how you used it and what the impact on learning was in your classroom.
Who is Dan Roberts?
Dan Roberts is a former deputy headteacher at Saltash.net Community School and is now headteacher at the International School Seychelles.
Dan is known to many who have read his blog as the ‘Chicken Man’ thanks to his work in the Recharge the Battery science project, which began when pupils wanted to rescue battery chickens from a local intensive farm to live a free-range life at the school. This scheme became the basis for a unique curriculum which has since been disseminated around the globe by Microsoft.
In recognition of his work, Dan won the ICT Visionary Award at the 2012 TES Awards, where he was commended as, “no one-trick pony (or even a one-trick chicken), but a bold scavenger who explores all sorts of different technologies and discovers new approaches for other teachers around the world”.
Keep up with Dan in on this blog and on Twitter @TesEdTech