Audiopal is best described as “podcasting-lite.” With podcasting, a person streams an audio file online for others to hear. Podcasting is not tremendously challenging, but does require special software to record the audio and save it for the web.
Audiopal, however, saves some of this hassle of podcasting. Audiopal uses a web-based recorder to create an audio file that streams easily on the web. You can record using a built-in microphone or even a phoneline. You can also turn previously recorded audio into a streaming audio file or turn typed text into a computer spoken recording. Best of all, the site is free and does not require a username or password. There is a downside, however. You can only record sixty seconds of audio with Audiopal.
Audiopal can be used in many ways in our classrooms and with our students. For instance, if you had a portion of an interview that you want to share with your students, you could use Audiopal and embed it into Blackboard. You can have students record short role plays as an assignment or have students produce short recordings as assessments. It would be a great tool to use in an online class to incorporate the power of voice into a sometimes text-driven environment.
For more information on how to use Audiopal, be sure to check out the short tutorial below.