Monday, March 29, 2010

iPod Touch as Language Lab

The other day I found these iPod touch mics on Amazon.com for $.50 (+3.50/shipping...don't get me started.) I wanted to try one out and see if I could find an audio app to go along with these so that we could turn our set of iPods into a Language/audio Lab. Language Labs are extremely useful and crazy expensive ($70,000+). So I figured it was worth a shot to find an alternative.


Then I tried it out. The sound is surprisingly clear.


After some searching for a good app I stumbled across Audioboo. This a free app that let's you record an audio file they call a 'boo.' Then you can publish it to their website audioboo.fm.



To use it as a Language/audio Lab:
  • Go to Audioboo.fm
  • Create a free account
  • Download the app onto each iPod
  • Enter audioboo.fm account credentials to link to your account
  • Record the boo
  • Publish the boo
  • Play all your boos from the website, embed them in a blog, etc

Integration ideas:
  • Giving an interview
  • Ordering at a restaurant,drive through, etc
  • Introducing someone
  • Describing person, place, or thing
  • Telling a story,
  • "Interrogation Scene" using the past tense.
  • Giving directions (over the phone)
  • Poetry reading
Have other ideas...Share them as a comment below.