I’m always experimenting with non-text ways to give feedback. (I’m more comfortable giving verbal feedback.) Time is always an issue when we’re trying to give students authentic and meaningful assessment.
This week I have been experimenting with finding a quick way to provide audio based feedback to students. I love using Jing for more thorough feedback — but I was looking for something a little less process intensive. (Jing is awesome for allowing you to comment and “point” while they’re following along with you – but for something quick there is the processing, uploading and then sending the link time which quickly adds up when you have 40 students!)
First, I tried the iPhone app Tweetmic – it was working perfectly in my experiments last night (for 2 recordings) then it conked out. I was so hopeful that this tool would work out because it was SO quick and easy. I simply launched the app on my iPhone and the link posted a permalink immediately to Twitter, which I could then forward to students. Luckily, as I started the feedback session, I went back to double check the recordings — 4 in a row did not record. I am VERY thankful I remembered to go back and check – I would not be a happy camper right now if I had 40 blank recordings.
Then I tried Aviary‘s audio editor — this did not work well for a quick recording. Too many clicks.
So, I went back to the iPhone — and decided to use the Voice Memos application (which is installed by default) which allows you to email the voice memo to yourself.
Using something like Audacity would have required recording, saving, uploading, then linking and sending (the “Jing” conundrum.) The Voice Memo app combined with email was the least time intensive solution I could find — as you know, time is of the essence and when you have so many to produce, you need to save as much time as possible “tinkering around.”
As a post script – I of course posted a tweet expressing my frustration with TweetMic and had an auto reply from http://chirbit.com – I may give it a try down the road.
Do you have any tips or tricks to share? (Have you tried Chirbit?) Of course, my ideal course management system would allow these quick in-line audio recordings. Until then, bricolage is my game (h/t to Claude Lévi-Strauss who passed away this week.) I don’t see the capability in Google Wave yet, but maybe it’s a plug in that will come with the API development!