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I want students to use iPad to create a language lab environment

Application Cost Description Usefulness Rating
Garageband App

Free Much like the computer program, the Garage Band app has great audio recording, editing, and sharing features. Students can record multiple tracks to create a dialog and also include music or other sounds. Sharing options now include sending to iMovie to incorporate with a larger project, SoundCloud, YouTube, and Facebook, as well as the ability to send to iTunes.

Tip: Be sure to turn off the metronome & make the length unlimited when creating podcasts.

Tip: Students can use the jam session feature to collaborate on a single project. This could be great for dialogs.

Tip: It is possible to import audio from iTunes, so pre-recorded tracks can be incorporated for listening comprehension.
5 Medium
iTunesU App

FreeThe iTunesU app brings hundreds of courses directly to the iPad. In particular, there are lots of options for foreign language courses which include both text in the form of iBooks as well as audio for listening comprehension and pronunciation assistance. The challenge with iTunesU is directing students to the appropriate content. However, when used well, it is a great tool for both remediation as well as enrichment. 5 Medium
SoundCloud App

Free The free SoundCloud app allows students to record and upload audio directly to a web-based SoundCloud account ( There are no editing features included in this simple, one-button-to-record interface. Once uploaded, audio projects are posted on the users' SoundCloud account and can be shared with a link or embedded in a website/blog. The free app allows for 120 minutes of recording to be posted online.

Tip: SoundCloud can be used with Garage Band as students can upload their audio from the Garage Band app to a SoundCloud account.

Tip: From the online SoundCloud account, it is possible to leave comments throughout the audio track. This is a great assessment tool as either teachers or students can provide feedback directly in line with the voice track.
5 Easy
AudioBoo App

Free Students can record up to 5 minutes of audio with each Boo and then post them to an AudioBoo account. Each Boo can include an image as well as a place location (if the device can determine where it is). Once a Boo is published, it is possible to leave a text as well as an audio comment. This could be a great way to work on listening comprehension and pronunciation, as well as an alternative approach to vocabulary review.

Tip: Boos can also be Tweeted out or posted to a class blog or wiki via link or embed code.

Tip: Students can do their recordings either via the iPad app or from the AudioBoo website.
5 Easy
Evernote App

FreeThe ability to record audio into a note and then share is a great feature. Either the teacher can record a passage for students to hear and then respond to, or they could record themselves into the note. Images can also be incorporated into the lesson either to support vocabulary. If both the students as well as the teacher have Evernote accounts, then it is very easy to share notes. They can otherwise be emailed. 5 Medium
iTalk App

Free or $1.99This is an incredibly basic voice recorder. There aren't any editing features, but recordings can be saved and there are three different recording quality options. This could be a good option in a shared environment where the teacher wants to have students do a pronunciation or listening comprehension activity independently. It is possible to continue a recording, so either a peer or the teacher could provide oral feedback as well. Recordings can be emailed to get them off of the device. 3 Easy
Google Translate App
Google Translate

FreeWhile many teachers view translators as a negative, they can have positive implications. Students can receive both text as well as audio translations from this app, helping with both listening comprehension as well as vocabulary. To work on pronunciation, students can speak into the app to see if it recognizes and can translate their speech. Students can also “star” translations that they use regularly or found helpful for future reference.

Tip: The iPad has to be online in order to access Google for the app to work.
5 Easy
OnlineRadio App

Free or $3.99Students can work on their listening comprehension with free, live, international radio. Online Radio includes access to streams from 191 countries and thousands of stations.

Tip: The free version does not play in the background, meaning that it is not possible to switch between apps when listening.
3 Easy
Picle App

Free Unlike other apps, this one records ambient audio as you take a picture. This could be a great way to practice pronunciation and vocabulary as students bring in the world around them. Published Picles are posted to an account at Tip - there are two options in the app. It is possible to take the picture and record later as well as in real time. Students could take their pictures and then record from a script. Tip - students can publish single pictures as Picles or create a Picle story by linking together images. 4 Easy

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