Teacher Review For Vocaroo

Simple and Free web-based audio recording tool with no login required

Anthony C.
Technology coordinator
Bayview Glen
Toronto, ON
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My Grades 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts
Digitial Citizenship and EdTech Mentor
My Rating 3
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 3
Support 3
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Knowledge gain
Student-driven work
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
Vocaroo is a simple web-based learning tool for recording audio in a web browser. Users can record using a traditional buttons or upload (Most common audio formats supported (mp3, ogg, flac, wav, wma, amr, m4a, aiff, aif, aac, mp2, gsm, 3ga, au and ra). Max size 50 MB.) When a user completes their recording they can save it, share it as a link in a email, website or document, or post to a variety of social media outlets. My favourite is the creation of a QR code which is useful for posting on documents, displays etc. We used Vocaroo with Grade Three students to record their narratives and writing using a class set of Microsoft Surface Pro 2's. Now our class displays of written work can be accompanied by student's reading their work. When assessing student work using Google Apps for Education, I often make recordings of my suggestions and then post the link directly in the comments sections of a Google doc, slide or sheet. Other voice commenting require students to install and my vocaroo is just a click away instead.
My Take
I think that Vocaroo is an excellent tool for teachers and learners to create simple and quick audio recordings. If recording longer than 2-3 minutes I would probably record using another application like Audacity or Adobe Audition that is not dependent on a internet connection. Apparently, recordings can be lost or generate errors if the a connection is briefly lost. Keep in mind this site does not work on iOS devices as the in-browser recorder option has been disabled.