Tool Description Usefulness Rating
(1-5)
Ease-of-Use Rating
Audacity Audacity is a free download for windows or mac that has all of the necessary features to create podcasts. Audio can be recorded live, uploaded, mixed together, cut and remixed easily. Audacity Tutorials 4
Medium
GarageBand, part of Apple iLife suite of programs, is a music studio in your mac, that can be used to make professional, high quality podcast & audio recordings. Use the built in mic to record & choose from the built in GarageBand Apple Loops for background music. This tool is easy to pick up and comes with great built-in help / support.
EdTechTeacher GarageBand Tutorials
EdTechTeacher example: A Day in the Life of a Hobo
4
Medium
Vocaroo A truly unique and quick podcasting option. Audio is recorded live on the website & then available to email or embed in a website or blog. This is a great option for a classroom without any podcasting software. Recordings can also be downloaded for future editing. Unique Feature: Instant embed code is created for any recording. 5
Easy
Voicethread VoiceThread allows students to create narrated slide shows & presentations. Upload images, record (or upload) voice comments, and publish the project online. Voicethread is great for group collaboration that allows students to engage in an ongoing discussion based on the images uploaded to the presentation. Unique Feature: Final products have a number of privacy settings that will fit within most AUP. There are also account options for educators.
Example: Russian Revolution Review
VoiceThread Project Library
5
Medium
Google Voice Google Voice is free with a google account. Create a unique phone number through google that students can call. Calls placed to a google voice account are stored in an email-like inbox that can then be downloaded as an mp3 file, or embedded. Unique Feature: Google Voice allows students to use their cell phones to create audio files. 4
Easy
Hi-Q Recording (PC Download) Download Hi-Q and begin recording podcast. Simple interface & easy to use. Unique Feature: Hi-Q allows you to record streaming audio or video that is playing on your computer. 3
Easy
Chirbit Chirbit is a free web based recording option that allows you to quickly share the recordings via facebook, twitter & through short urls. Unique Feature: Text to Chirbit option allows typed comments to be quickly turned into audio that can be shared on the web. 4
Easy
Audiopal AudioPal is a free web based service that can create recordings through phone, mic, upload or text. Unique Feature: When recording is complete, enter your email address to receive the embed code for the recording. 4
Easy
Yodio Use your cell phone to narrate pictures. Create a card (one picture & one recording) or a tour (many pictures & multiple recordings). Create a free account and include your cell phone to quickly call & record a Yodio. 4
Easy
MyBrainShark Brainshark is a free web based tool. Quickly add audio to narrate a Powerpoint or document. Use a phone to narrate the presentation and then grab the embed code for a website or blog. 3
Medium
Audioboo Either through the web, or from a mobile device, quickly create and share audio recordings. The free account allows up to five minutes of audio at a time, and students can include an image as well as their geographic location when the recordings come from a mobile device. 5
Medium
Croak.It
Fotobabble
SoundCloud