Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Master Class Thing 4: Phlogging with iPadio

I had a blast with this tool. I found it to be very user-friendly, and it only took a few moments to set up the account, make the call, and download the file. My favorite part of this is that I can go back in and edit the transcription of my phone call; for example, in my second call, the program didn't recognize the word thesis, so it showed up as 'data?' in the transcript. I easily went in and fixed the problem. I also like that I don't have to add any apps or have any special equipment. The only thing that bothered me was that the transcript isn't so good at adding punctuation into the correct places. Again, though, this is not a big deal because I can always edit on my own.

I can really see using this in a debate class. It would be interesting to have students create their own channels and then call in and broadcast their speech about a particular topic. This could be a way for them to practice their speeches before presenting them (I could even have students peer edit the speeches by using the comments function), and it could be a way for students to simply get their message out to a bigger audience. I definitely think I will try this tool before the end of the semester.

Here is the link to my iPadio: http://www.ipadio.com/phlogs/BridgetWilmot/. My first one is just a test; my second one is about the proper format for a debate case.

Cool tool. Three thumbs up!