Nov 01 2009
Voxopop sounds like a new game for the Xbox
Well it isn’t a new game for the xbox it is a simple, free web 2.0 way of sharing ideas by recording your own audio type podcasts. I first came across it when I read through Nik Peachey’s Web 2.0 tools for teacher’s booklet which he produced a few months back. It is a great booklet with lots of good ideas and examples of useful web 2.0 tools. If you haven’t heard of him he is definitely worth following on twitter or check out his blog: http://nikpeachey.blogspot.com/
As Nik says in his booklet “Voxopop is a web based audio tool that enables users to record their speaking for others to listen and respond to. It allows teachers and students to build up threaded audio discussions online similar to those on a text based bulletin board.” It is free and really simply to use by visiting www.voxopop.com
I used it a month or so ago with some of my Year 10 class as part of an extension activity during a lesson. The students had completed the objectives earlier than the rest of the class so to review what they had learnt I had planned earlier in the morning as part of the differentiation to set up this voxopop. It was so easy to use – I basically quickly set up an account and then created my first voxopop where I basically recorded some questions using the recording audio function on the site. I then could share the url with my students and get them to respond. So that is what I did, when the students had completed their work earlier than the rest of the class as an extension I gave them the url and asked them to respond.
You can see by clicking on the link below that this as a tool has great potential for students to collaborate and coach each other in many different ways. It can also be used in any subject and these discussions could even be created by the students themselves. Basically people just keep adding to the conversation, I thought that this could be use to build up revision podcasts for different units of work.
Have a look at the one I produced with my students and please let us know by commenting what you think of it and what you think of voxopop as a potential web 2.0 tool.