How do you prepare people to speak to a computer? Sure, our students are used to talking through a machine
|Seriously, do any of your students not have a cell phone?|
but how many of them are used to talking to a machine?
|Hello? Is anyone listening?|
Well, needless to say, the only way to get students used to speaking to a machine is to have them speak to a machine. But how?
Vocaroo is a free website that allows users to record and share their voice recordings.
How long can a recording be?
According to Vocaroo, there is no time limit. Additionally, since the longest TOEFL speaking question response is one minute the length of the recording shouldn’t be a problem.
How long are recordings stored for?
Vocaroo says “messages will expire after a few months” so, if you want to keep your messages for longer periods of time, you should download them (more on that later).
What equipment do I need?
All you need is a microphone and a device with an internet connection and you are good to go. How does it work?
Get a computer with a headset
Provide students with the questions
Have Students Record Themselves
Students press “Click to Record” and start speaking
|Like the picture says, click on the red dot to start recording.|
When you shout “TIME!” students stop speaking and press “Click to Stop”
|Again, pretty self-explanatory, no?|
|So far so good.|
Students publish their response
|Choices, choices, choices.|
- Email the link to the instructor or a classmate
- Tweet the link and use the class hashtag
- Create a “Speaking Portfolio” in Google Drive by copying the link into a Google Doc (for more info on using Google Drive in the classroom, click here).
- Share the link on the classes’ Facebook/Google+ page (If you don’t think your class should have a social media page, read this).
- and more. If you think of other ideas, please leave them in the comment’s section.
Finally, now that you have your students responses, you can either evaluate them yourself using ETS’s Scoring Rubric or have the students evaluate each other’ responses.