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11 ways to use recorded sound in your classroom

Posted by rosiemacalpine on December 12, 2008

If you haven’t recorded audio for your IWB activities before, you might want to look at the previous post to get some tips on the technical side of things. Below are some starting ideas for how you can use this resources to add another dimension to your lessons. How else have you used audio recording in your class?

1. I’ve got rhythm. A student claps a simple rhythm into the microphone.  The next student listens to the sound, then uses the musical notation resources to represent the rhythm.


2. Exploring adjectives. Put a number of pictures on the page. Students come to the board and record a phrase for one of the pictures, using two adjectives e.g. “the blue, sparkling ocean.” They drag their sound clip on top of the picture for other students to hear.

3. Story chain. Children take it in turns to come to the board and record two sentences of a story. The next child listens to it, then records the next part of the story and draws a path between the sound icons.


4. Learning another language 1. Record some nouns on the board in your chosen language. Add a picture for each word. Students listen to the word and then drag the correct picture to match it (if using Activstudio, you could use containers here to check the answers).

5. Learning another language 2. Student 1 records a phrase. Student 2 records the translation of that phrase. Other students could listen to them and match the phrase and the translation.

6. Celebrating each other. Put your class picture on the board. Each student records a sentence saying something they like about another student. e.g. “Harriet is good at maths and is kind to her friends.” They drag the sound clip icon to that student”s picture.

7. Phonics 1. Sound out the phonemes of a CVCC word e.g. ch-a-n-t. Students click on the sound icon, listen carefully to the phonemes, then write the word under the sound clip icon.

8. Phonics 2. Type the 44 graphemes on the board. Record the matching phonemes, and attach them to each sound. As students drag the letters around to make words, they can click on the graphemes to listen to the phonemes and sound out the word.

9. Following instructions. A student makes a simple drawing on the board while recording instructions e.g. draw a line from top to bottom, draw a circle in the top left hand corner. They hide their drawing under a coloured square, then the second student comes to the board and recreates the drawing, listening to the instructions from the first student.

10. Representing numbers. A student records a number as a sound clip e.g. “ten thousand, three hundred and seventy one”. Another student listens to the sound clip and uses virtual MABs or number arrows on the board to represent the number.

11. Recording instructions. The microphone makes it easy to use your board as a learning station. Leave the activity on the board (e.g. sort 3D shapes into groups according to their properties). In addition to your written instructions for the activity, record these instructions. Students who have trouble reading instructions can then listen to them and read them simultaneously, then work independently of the teacher.

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