Web Wonder Week #17 - Voxopop
Experienced teacher and tech visionary Dan Roberts shares practical ICT ideas to use in the classroom. This week we’ve got a handy audio recording tool.
Voxopop allows you to share ideas by recording your own audio podcasts. Teachers and students can also build up a threaded discussion linked to the podcast.
It’s so easy to use; I set up an account and created my first Voxopop in about 10 minutes. I recorded a couple of questions we were studying with my science class by simply pressing a button on the site and turning my microphone on. I was then able to share the web address with my students and get them to respond.
You can check out this example recording so you get the idea of how it works. This was created forty (yes 40!) months ago, but I still use it now.
How to use Voxopop
1. Set a piece of homework as a Voxopop and share it with your class by emailing out the web link or posting it on your school VLE. Students answer the questions and upload their own audio as a response.
2. Teachers can upload audio for every unit of work. Why not create a short podcast talking about a new topic and then get students to ask questions?
3. Set up a school news team and ask them to produce broadcasts which you can share on the school’s website. It could also be a good way of canvassing the opinions of other students. For example, you could post questions (eg Do you think we should have a new school uniform?) and see what answers are left on Voxopop.
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