To celebrate Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary, we’ve pulled together some of the best boos on the Day of the Doctor – have a listen!
Today sees the launch of our new Audioboo app for iOS devices… all of them, in fact.
Our new app combines the reliability of Audioboo Classic with the new features of Audioboo 2, and wraps it all in an iOS7-friendly format.
It also has:
- recording quality tweaks
- simpler sharing and favouriting
- improved VoiceOver support
There’s a couple of things to note:
- This app works natively on iPhones/iPods AND iPads – so whatever you’re working with, you should get the full range of features.
- It works equally well under iOS6 (so while it’s much prettier on iOS7, if you’re sticking with 6 for a bit we’ll still support you).
- All channels you can record to now come with both Follow and Contribute (i.e.: Record) buttons.
- If you’re a Channel Admin or named Contributor,you can now jump straight to your Channels from the Drawer UI and hit Contribute, or use the drop down at the top of the Record screen.
- All users of Audioboo Classic should get an Update through the AppStore in the normal way.
- Audioboo 2 and Audioboo for iPad have now been retired. We’re going to send a notification to users of AB2 and iPad later this week so that they can change over. So as of now, we’ve got one app to rule them all. (If you want to change over now, click here. Make sure you upload any queued clips first.)
- We will be working on an equivalent Android upgrade when we can.
All the best – and hope you enjoy the new app.
Our Head of Content, Amanda Brown, was at the Digital Storytelling Conference organised by the Media Trust this week to run a workshop with NGOs.
We are platform for telling stories. It’s really that simple. Forget embeddable players, the UI and the UX, the social following features and the widgets.
Audioboo allows anyone and everyone to tell their story in their own voice.
The Digital Storytelling Conference held yesterday at Channel 4 sought to help charities and NGOs get their voices heard in the general mêlée of social media and in mainstream media through social.
My 3 top tips:
1) Listen before you talk
2) Re-read and re-listen twice before hitting the publish/send button
3) When you’ve done 1 and 2 don’t be shy – share like crazy.
With this is mind I put together a few slides that talk you through it. If you were there at the workshop and you want to do exercise 2 (it’s fun pretending to be Jeremy Paxman – I promise, although don’t let it turn into a pathology) then now you can.
I would very much like to thank everyone for attending and such positive
Thanks to everyone who uploaded a s-boo-ky boo this Halloween!
Here’s a board of some of our favourites:
We loving hearing about the innovative ways that our community is using Audioboo to start conversations all round the world.
This week, Morgan Bowers, Senior Countryside Ranger at Walsall Countryside Services has written a guest post about how she has used Audioboo to create an audio nature trail and share the sounds of the countryside online.
As soon as I discovered Audioboo I started thinking of ways I could use it at work. I am Senior Countryside Ranger for Walsall Council, and I try to integrate social media into my everyday work, which can include anything from routine site inspections, wildlife walks and large-scale public events (like our annual Peregrine Watch and winter astronomy programme) to bat surveys, wildlife trailcam monitoring and various other activities.
The general idea was that @WalsallWildlife would be for urban wildlife what @HotelAlpha9 is to the police force – a day in the life of a countryside ranger. But more than that, I really wanted to give people who may be chained to their desks a window through which they could vicariously enjoy Walsall’s wild animals and landscapes from day to day.
What surprised me is the response that I got from my boos (i.e. “60 seconds of babbling brook” / “crazy beat-boxing starling”) – people really responded to the sounds of the countryside. I started using Audioboo for all kinds of things, from tweeting the sounds of International Dawn Chorus Day, to bats whirring above my head on a bat walk, a flock of nuthatches in a bluebell wood, stories told by dog-walkers I met on my routine walks and inspections.
One of the things that people love to do (myself included) is to go to a nature reserve, and pop into the visitor’s centre for a nature trail guide before taking to the paths and exploring. However, although Walsall is rich in countryside (We have a vast array of Local Nature Reserves from woodland to wetland, to rare lowland heaths), we do not have a visitors’ centre, and as such, there is no way for people to get hold of the nature trail leaflet for any given site. Audioboo was the answer.
So one afternoon I sat in my car (to avoid the ringing office phone!) and recorded, in sections, each part of the nature trail for one of our Green Flag sites: Merrions Wood. I chose the site because it is one of our smaller sites (so easier to establish the trail and guide), and it has a circular nature trail in 7 parts, with clearly marked way-marker posts to guide walkers. I then took each of these boos and generated QR codes for them, printed, cut out and laminated them, and put them in place on their corresponding way-markers! So you don’t NEED a nature trail – you just need a smartphone, and to download a free QR reader app (ios, android, etc. all have them) and you are immediately taken straight to the boo, which you can listen to as you walk around. Each boo describes the historical and wildlife features around you as you walk through the site, and gives you directions on getting to the next post. If it is successful, I hope to roll out similar audio tours to other sites – and there is potential for using QR codes for scouts & guides, schools and geocaching/orienteering groups.
I’m just getting started… If you’d like to keep up to date with how I’m using audioboo and social media to promote urban wildlife & biodiversity, you can find me on http://www.facebook.com/walsallwildlife, twitter @WalsallWildlife and read my blog http://thereremouse.wordpress.com.
Hear the audio tour here:
and if you’d like to visit Merrions Wood to check out the audio tour, it is located right near J7 of the M6, on Chapel Lane, Walsall.
Are you 14-25 and VI, or know someone who is? RLSB’s Youth Forum is hosting the first youth conference of its kind, Future Exchange, on Saturday 30 November.
The event will be held at 20 Cavendish Square, London, between 12pm and 6pm.
There will be interactive employment, transport and leadership workshops, The Big Conversation Q&A, a market area, networking mixer and more…
Audioboo is proud to be part of this fantastic event. Our CEO, Rob Proctor will be taking part in the Q&A panel discussion and members of the team will be around all afternoon, so please come and say hello!
For more information and registration, head to http://www.rlsb.org.uk/future-exchange.
In the meantime, have a listen to Rob explaining why he wanted to be part of this event and discussing Audioboo’s fantastic VI community.
Just a quick word from the team here. Audioboo is still going from strength to strength and we’re getting on with a whole range of new opportunities.
We’re working busily to release an update to Audioboo for iOS7, including a brand-new interface, and many of the great features we tested in Audioboo 2. As with all iOS developers, iOS7 has changed the way we work with a few things on Apple. And there’s something we’d like to draw your attention to.
Recording in iOS7 now has a Privacy setting associated with it. When you launch for the first time under iOS7, you should get a request for access to your microphone.
If you don’t allow this, it may look like you’ve successfully recorded and uploaded a clip. But it won’t actually appear on your account, as all that gets sent to us is a zero-second file.
If you encounter this problem, go to Settings -> Privacy -> Microphone and allow Audioboo to record. After that, everything should be fine. Our new app update should include a detect-and-catch for this when you try to activate recording.
We’re also announcing the newest member of the Audioboo family this week: Audioboo for BlackBerry 10. It does all the things our other Audioboos do, plus has all the new BB10 native features like instant sharing, peeking and much more.
Stay tuned – we’ll have more news for you soon…
If you work in education and are interested in hearing some fresh ideas about using technology in the classroom, then you’ve come to the right place.
We recently announced the launch of Audioboo for Education, a resource to help and inspire our growing community of educators. As part of this initiative, we’ll be hosting and sponsoring a series of webinars designed to help you integrate Audioboo and other technologies into the classroom experience.
The latest took place on Thursday 26th September and you can watch a recording of it here:
‘Using Mobile Apps to Create, Share and Connect’
Lucy Carter, Audioboo’s Head of Education will give an introduction to Audioboo for Education and our secure Edmodo app, before handing over to Carolyn Skibba, Technology Coordinator at Burley School, Chicago, who will present the webinar.
Through this webinar, you will learn how to integrate some of the best apps for student creativity and publishing into your lesson plans. You will also gain practical tips that will support you and your students in creating sharable, authentic content.
It’s time to put down your air guitars and take stock of some important rock worthy audioBoo news. You see, Def Leppard, a band who formed back in the late 70s, have gone all new tech embracing the power of our platform to engage directly with their fanbase. OK, so they got a helping hand from the guys at Planet Rock Radio – but it was impressive stuff all the same.
So what did they do? Well, the rockers got fans to record audio questions to them through the platform, which lots of people did from all over the world, like this:
Lovely eh? But there’s a nice little twist to all this, having got all the questions in from people as far as South America, Planet Rock Radio then filmed band members Joe and Sav answering some of the questions – they’ve now posted the whole thing up on YouTube. A great example of taking radio to another level and a cracking way to get fans closer to the artist.
Def Leppard and Planet Rock Radio we salute you.
Here’s the video….
Big congratulations to the Michael Faraday School in South London who won runner-up at the 2013 ALT Learning Technologist of the Year awards.
They were praised for their wonderful ‘Talk Aloud’ Project, spearheaded by two of the school’s innovative teachers Gabrielle Khan and Jason Cobb. The project used Audioboo technology to record children in years 3 and 6 talking about their interests and their lives. They could then listen back to their voices and with the help of their teachers, improve their speech and language skills. The results were dramatic and they are planning to extend the use of Audioboo across the school and in different areas of the curriculum.
You can read more about the project – and listen to the kids here
Gabrielle gave a presentation at the ALT conference that accompanied the awards which was received extremely well.
One conference delegate tweeted:
Audio Boo project at Michael Faraday school such simple use of tech, yet so effective. Impressive #altc2013
— Paul Madley (@onepablo) September 11, 2013
Another was clearly impressed:
Excellent presentation about a talking project at Michael Faraday Primary School…#altc2013 using technology appropriately
— Helen Heywood (@skillsacademic) September 11, 2013
We want to add our congratulations to Gabrielle and Jason and all the children and staff at the Michael Faraday School for winning this prestigious award and our thanks for their ongoing support of Audioboo in the classroom.
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