Data Collection Tip To Explore

Looking for ways to make sure that all of your students can show what they know and can do on assignments, quizzes or probes you build within Discovery Education? As we try to collect reliable and actionable data from our students, we sometimes worry whether our items become a test of English language understanding rather than the specific skill we might be trying to measure. One trick to leveling the playing field for students who might be younger, or have accessibility issues related to reading and understanding the English language is to embed the full audio for the item within the question. This is possible, and quite easy using Discovery Education tools and AudioPal. Students choose whether they would like to listen to the audio while reading along if they are taking the quiz online, and AudioPal even allows you to embed your own voice. The following is a copy of Porter Palmer’s post on the topic from August 24, 2011 titled 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.


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