15 Free Web Tools and Apps to Amplify Your Audio Projects

“Thoughts need words. Words need a voice.” – Sharon M. Draper

In my new book, Hacking Digital Learning Strategies: 10 Ways to Launch EdTech Missions, I share several tips for integrating technology to allow every student to share their ideas and creativity.  Student voice is important, but when you teach several students, then the logistics get tricky. Technology helps teachers provide their learners with various opportunities to share their ideas and amplify their voice. Amplify student voice literally by getting students to create podcasts, audio stories, a radio show, school announcements, or other audio projects. What follows are a list of free web tools and apps for student to create various audio projects whether it is a one time radio show or regularly produced podcast. For more tips and ideas, check out my presentation, On the Air! Audio Projects for Learners.

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Web Tools and Apps

  • My favorite place to find Creative Commons licensed music to use for digital projects is CCMixter website and app.
  • You can also try YouTube and Free Stock Music for royalty free soundtracks and sound effects.
  • Freesound and SoundBible are great websites for finding free sound effects to add to audio projects, including podcasts.
  • Students can edit and remix music or sound effects they discover with audio editors, such as  Garageband (Mac software/iOS app) and Audacity (Windows/Mac software).
  • Soundation and Flat are free browser based web tools, which allow collaborative online editing from many peers.
  • The quickest and easiest way to record is with the free web based tool, Vocaroo. Registration isn’t required. Email the recording, provide a link, or listen with the QR code provided. You can embed this recorder on a website or blog and students can quickly click record and you’ll have the recording.
  • The StoryCorps (iOS/Android) app walks students through the process of great interview techniques then allows them to record a quick interview and archive it.
  • One of the most popular apps, AudioBoom, to publish podcasts is no longer free, but students can record and publish their recordings using free tools, such as iPadio (iOS/Android),  Podomatic (web tool), Soundcloud (iOS/Android), and Spreaker (iOS/Android).
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Shelly Terrell

Shelly Sanchez Terrell (@ShellTerrell) is an award winning digital innovator, an international speaker/consultant, and the author of Hacking Digital Learning with EdTech Missions, The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers, and Learning to Go. She has trained teachers and taught English language learners in over 20 countries as an invited guest expert by organizations, like the US Embassy, UNESCO Bangkok, Cultura Inglesa of Brazil, the British Council in Tel Aviv, IATEFL Slovenia, HUPE Croatia, ISTEK Turkey, and Venezuela TESOL. She has been recognized by several organizations and publications as a leader in the movement of teacher driven professional development as the founder and organizer of various online conferences, Twitter chats, and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Two of the projects she co-organized were shortlisted for ELTons, #ELTChat and the Virtual Round Table Language and Technology online conference. She was named Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women, awarded a Bammy Award as a founder of #Edchat, and named as one of the 10 Most Influential People in EdTech by Tech & Learning. Her greatest joy is being the mother of baby Savannah and Rosco the pug. Shelly has an Honors BA in English with a Minor in Communication and a specialization in Electronic Media from UTSA, a Masters in Curriculum Instruction ESL from the University of Phoenix, and a CELTA from CELT Athens. She regularly shares her tips for effective technology integration via Twitter (@ShellTerrell), Facebook.com/ShellyTerrell, and on her blog, TeacherRebootCamp.com, which has won several awards and recognitions as one of the top ESL, Edtech and Elearning blogs. Find over 400 of her slide presentations at https://www.slideshare.net/ShellTerrell/presentations

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