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.
For further info, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Want to try out the newest way to edit your recordings?
Select your boo and click the ‘edit’ button. Then click ‘crop audio’ and just drag and drop the red lines to top and tail your recording. This allows you to cut out unnecessary pauses, stumbles or other unwanted noise at the beginning and end of your boo.
This is a work in progress at the moment, so we would love to hear what you think.
It’s that time of year again – the summer break is well and truly over and it’s time to head back to the classroom. To celebrate the start of a new school year, we’re delighted to announce the launch of Audioboo for Education: a new initiative to help students and educators to enrich the learning experience and encourage conversation and debate through the power of audio.
Give your students a voice – Audioboo is a great way to encourage communication, build confidence and start new conversations.
Click here to listen to some examples from around the world.
Check out our Edmodo app. Embed audio-based learning into your lessons with our secure Audioboo for Education app, available in the Edmodo app store. If you’re interested in learning more, why not have a look at our webinar and let Lucy Carter, Audioboo’s Head of Education talk you through it?
Tap into a wealth of great content. Need inspiration for a lesson? Want to find an engaging piece of content to start a debate? Interested in sharing ideas with other teachers and getting advice from industry experts? It’s all here.
Our dedicated playlist is a good place to start.
If you’d like more information, please contact our education team on email@example.com.
It’s a very special day for football fans this Saturday -and Audioboo are offering grassroots clubs a free way to promote their work as part of it.
It’s Non League Day -when Premier League football fans can park the roller coaster of the Premier League for a weekend and go and have a good time watching one of the thousands of smaller clubs up and down the land.
And we’re getting behind the grassroots initiative in two ways:-
1) If you are a Non League club – we are giving you the chance to record and upload the sounds of your game for free to AudioBoo to share via social networks and even put on your own site.
If you sign up with an email address, you’ll be asked to create an account name (should be the club name), upload a logo (club crest) and wrote some blurb about the club.
And voila – you’re ready to use Audioboo.
When it comes to recording a sound (or a Boo as we like to call them) – you have a choice of recording it there and then or, if you are a smarty pants, uploading an audio file you may have recorded in some other way.
If you are using a computer.. go to audioboo.fm and click on the big “record/upload boo” button in the top right. If you have an Android, iPad or iPhone – download one of our shiny Audioboo apps and you can record through your phone.
Follow the instructions…and your sound will be live.
When it is done, it will give you a web link which you can copy into Facebook, Twitter etc so people can listen to the sound through there. Don’t forget to tag your tweets #nonleagueday when you tweet the link so as many people as possible can see it).
And the good news is, once you have created that account -it is free for you to use completely!
2) If you are a Non League fan – we want you to record your thoughts on the day and upload them to us for free (make sure you use the hashtag #nonleagueday when you tweet the link so as many people as possible can see it).
Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to know more.
Hope you enjoy Non League Day.
This week we are delighted to welcome The Offside Rule Podcast to Audioboo. This unique weekly football podcast, hosted by Hayley McQueen, Kait Borsay and Lynsey Hooper has already gained a huge following, thanks to its witty, opinionated style and unique position in the industry: it’s presented by an all-female team.
What brings it all together is a genuine love for football and a line-up of contributors who really know their stuff – Hayley McQueen fronts Sky Sports News and Champions League Football, Kait Borsay presents the sport on Sky News and Sky Sports and Lynsey Hooper reports for BBC’s Final Score and presents for Sky Sports, TalkSPORT and IMG.
The show has a wealth of regular features, including the popular ‘Twitter Topic of the Week’ and various female journalists from around the world reporting on Bundesliga, La Liga, Serie A and Ligue 1.
The world’s largest arts festival is in full swing, with the country’s biggest and best comedians treading the boards along with hundreds of new performers and emerging artists. If you’re performing at the Fringe, why not share some of your highlights or record a taster for your show on Audioboo? We’d love to hear what you’re up to.
For those who can’t make it, we recommend checking out Amnesty’s Secret Comedy Podcast. The team are up in Edinburgh, recording a regular show with guest spots from some of the nations biggest comedy stars, including David Baddiel, Jenny Eclair, Julian Clary and Lee Mack.
Have a listen to the latest podcast – and make sure you check out the channel for more great content.
Are you interested in learning more about the possibilities of using Audioboo in education? If so, why not join Lucy Carter, Head of Audioboo’s Education Division, and Matt Bergman, teacher at the Milton Hershey School for a free webinar tomorrow (August 8th). The webinar will take place at 9pm UK time, that’s 4pm EST for our US friends.
Here’s a bit more information on some of the issues that will be covered tomorrow:
- What is AudioBoo and how is it being used?
- How are educators across the world using this unique platform to stimulate learning, connect with others, and “flip” their classroom?
- How are educators using the new AudioBoo Edmodo App in their classrooms?
Interested? You can register for free here.