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Sharing the wonders of @Vocaroo with @dorakio and @kinderbanks for a 3rd grade podcast project.

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Akio Iida (@dorakio) and Harry Banks (@kinderbanks) co-teach a 3rd grade class at The School at Columbia University. It will be a major loss to me and The School when these two move on to other adventures next year; Akio will be at Seoul International School and Harry will be at The Ideal School of Manhattan.

I love to pop in on their classes and see how both Akio and Harry integrate technology seamlessly to innovate teaching and learning. Their students use a variety of hardware and software without focusing on the tool so much as the process.

Today, I saw they were reviewing podcasting examples with their students in preparation for an upcoming project. They set up a Google Site for this and had attached audio files. I suggested they try uploading these files to Vocaroo and gathering the embed code so the audio would simply play within the same page without opening a separate window and without having to download the audio file to a local machine.

Vocaroo is pretty amazing. Because there is no need to sign up for the service or enter any personal information, using it with younger kids seems safe. While I’m no lawyer, I teach others to use technology academically, respectfully, and responsibly. Fingers crossed Vocaroo abides by COPPA laws and users make wise choices about the content of their audio posts.

With Vocaroo, you can either record directly on the website or upload an existing file. They you are offered you a URL, embed code, and multiple sharing options (email, Facebook, Twitter, QR code, etc…) Plus, you can even download your Vocaroo audio file as an MP3, Ogg, FLAC, or WAV. If you want to delete your message from their server, you have that option as well at the bottom of the page.Vocaroo

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Embedding a @Vocaroo recording into @Edmodo post

Maybe I’m tardy to the party, but I just realized how easy it is to record audio on Vocaroo and embed that recording into an Edmodo post. The possibilities are pretty endless: audio book reviews, homework instructions, foreign language classes, music classes, poetry shares, etc.

Vocaroo has a ridiculously simple interface which opens up to a recording window. After recording or uploading a sound file, Vocaroo offers you a URL, embed code, sharing options, and download options:

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Then, in Edmodo, you write a new post, choose the LINK button, and paste the embed code in the space provided:

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This yields a pretty nice way to share audio posts with a class:

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