Favorite Things: AudioPal

I’ve been thinking for a while that Oprah isn’t the only one who should get to have a list of her favorite things. As the self-proclaimed DEN Princess, I’ve decided that I too shall periodically share a favorite thing.

Today, I’ll start things off with a tool that I learned about first during DEN Summer School. If you missed the sessions, the archives are available right here. I am certain that AudioPal made its way into at least two sessions during the week. That meant I needed to take a look!

 

 

 

AudioPal allows you to:

  • Record audio by phone or microphone
  • Use Text-to-Speech (TTS) technology
  • Upload mp3 audio files
  • Embed in any website or blog

I taught special education, my entire time in the classroom. I was always looking for ways to save time when it came to providing read-aloud support for students. With AudioPal, I might grab the text of one of Aesop’s fables or an encyclopedia article from DEstreaming and embed it on my wiki or into ANY of My Builder Tools. (Make sure you’re logged in!) Include the text and the embed code that AudioPal sends you. “Where does the embed code go?” you ask. In the Builders, just look for the HTML button.

 

 

 

 

Pretty cool, huh? Well that isn’t all. One of the fabulous members of the Discovery Education Assessment Professional Development team discovered that you can also add the embed code to items you create in Progress Zone.

Give it a try.
Do you have a favorite tool that you use with Discovery Education that you’d like featured on the DEN blogs? Tell us about it!

Comments

  1. Carolyn Stanley

    Hi, Porter,
    You are certainly deserving of the title “Den Princess.” Thanks for the reminder about AudioPal. We have been using Audacity, but this application seems to have even more assets. I’m working on a presentation for Classroom 2.0 for this Saturday, but as soon as I get a spare moment, I’ll play with this. You are terrific, and it was fun spending the first 4 days in August with you -even if it wasn’t face-to-face:)

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