The developers at Zondle have been fantastic responding quickly and enthusiastically to a query/request I had about the ability to provide readthroughs to followand support sounding out in the Phonics games I had begun to make at the beginning of the holidays.
Thanks to the Zondle team I have been able to update these games by uploading additional soundfiles I have created that correspond to each of the words used in the quiz behind them. This may be a new notion to some readers, recording sound using the computer, so I have chalked this on my to do list, a post to explain how to do this and some of the options available. Recording on the computer is not as complex a process as it may seem, in fact being away from my desk as it were for month or so I was forced to improvise and experiment with the equipment I had to hand. My Microphone and recording software tools were in Bristol and I was in the North East. The result was that the recordings for these games were made not on the computr at all but on my mobile phone. (I am accompanied for short bursts on one or two of the clips by my nephew who was "helping" me and playing the games as we went, so please excuse the far from studio quality sound).
The Phone in question was an HTC windows phone, and I used the Audio Recorder to create each short sound clip. For each of the words in my quiz I made separate sound clips by pressing the record button, speaking as clearly as possible the word into my handset before pressing the stop button. As I finished each sound clip, it was renamed from the default filke name with the word it held.
I used my USB cable to connect the phone to my Netbook, though I could have removed the Micro SD card from the phone and used a card reader to access the files I had made. Navigating to the "My Voices" Folder I located the sound clips and copied them to my Netbook for editing. Unfortunately the AMR format files on my phone were not compatable with the games platform at Zondle, which required MP3 files.
Not to be discouraged I searched for a tool that would convert my AMR files to the correct format and found a piece of freeware called AMR to MP3 Converter. I downloaded and installed this before following instructions on the website to convert the soundfiles. Once converted to MP3 format I logged into zondle, navigated to my quize, chose to edit my quiz and thn added each of the sound files to the appropriate word in my quiz.
Now I have done this with my phone and netbook once I have a clear path/process to follow.
1. Create my word list or quiz in Zondle.
2. Using my audio recorder on the phone, create my sound files.
3. Import my sound files from the phone to my PC
4.Using AMR toMP3 converter, change my sound fle to the MP3 format.
5. Upload my soundfiles to my quiz at Zondle
6. Publish my chosen games to an online space for the students to access.
You can try out the updated games that use these files on my previous post Phonic Games and Zondle.
Wondering now whether I could use this or a similar process with my Key Stage 3 and 4 students to create podcasts and talking heads activities thruogh their mobiles.... Hmmmm.... ;0) We have Blackberries and iPhones, I have micro SD card readers... what do you reckon!