Our Chinese teacher is a heavy technology user. She uses Word and Powerpoint to record audio and insert images for assignments for her students. These files are copied to our file server where she listens to them. She works with students using this type of activity a few periods a week, allowing them much more 1 to 1 practice time then they would have if she were working in a traditional teacher led class each day. She has now showed our French teachers how to do this and they are on board as well.
Here’s my thought. Instead of moving to a packages learning lab platform, I’m imagining using WordPress 2.0 for uploading the text, images, and audio that had been done in Word. WordPress MU allows you to upload files to the server as part of the post and
drag and drop images into the post text. This would be our language lab environment for students to post their responses to a Teacher post and/or their own classmates’ posts. They could also use their own blogs to just write content. If the files are
uploaded in podcast format, the teacher could actually download them, using an iPod or another media device to listen and students can see the work of other students, helping them practice. Because it is web enabled, people in China or other countries
could also comment on the work being done or conversations being had.
But there are problems with this as well. Students and faculty would have to use Audacity or some other program to record the files, as now they just open Word and record there. They would have to understand a little about podcasting, blogs, etc. But
as we were discussing yesterday, these are all important skill, no?
What do you think? Has anyone tred this? Anyone interested in exploring this? I’ll keep you up to date on how are tests go. We just got our wordpress server working, so this is very new to me, but it seems like there could be a viable platform.
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Testing MP3 Uploads from Audacity – Does this cout as a podcast? — It sure is easy to upload files and then drop them into the post — hopefully this can work:->