Kaizena is a free add-on to Google Drive, which makes it possible to record spoken comments. With Kaizena, you can select specific sentences in the students' written work, and record your comments as voice instead of writing them.
Within the monological and dialogical form of teaching Kaizena can be used in conjunction with the guidance and tuition of students. Kaizena provides the opportunity for both spoken and written comments, and it is possible to answer to the comments in both writing and speak.. It can be an advantage for students, that there are several modalities to choose between when communicating with the teacher.
Within a polyphonic form of teaching Kaizena can be used to support students' work on the development of a common text – it can be easier for some students to make their points clear, if they are given the opportunity to give them in speech, instead of having to type them. This way Kaizena can contribute to the differentiation between students with different prerequisites.
Kaizena is not a new learning tool, but the integration with Google Drive has been absent for a couple of years. As a result of many of us having problematised this, it is now again possible to use Kaizena directly in Google Drive. All you have to do, is to install the necessary plugin in Google Drive, and log in with your Google account.
If you need help getting started using Kaizena in teaching, there are guides online here.
Soundtrap is a free web-based tool, which allows to let students to record audio, both from the computer's microphone, external instruments and from a variety of electronic instruments. It is also possible to import audio files into the tool. Soundtrrap allows students to work individually with audio production, and for them to collaborate online on a common audio production. It is suitable primarily for use within the dialogical and the polyphonic form of teaching.
In the dialogical form of teaching Soundtrap can be used as a tool for students' individual production of sound-collages and music, and it can be used in pronunciation excercises in language teaching. Another possibility is to use Soundtrap in relation to reading aloud.
Within the polyphonic form of teaching the tool can be used for many of the same activities, but here the option of online collaboration in real-time will be in focus. Students can record different tracks in a project, and edit each other's tracks.
Soundtrap provides both the ability to record sound in a simple version (Easy mode) and in a more advanced version (Pro mode). At first, most will probably be plenty challenged in Easy mode, but when adding effects to reading aloud or recording music, there are plenty of exciting options in Pro mode.
To use the Soundtrap requires that one have an account. Such can be created on the frontpage, where you. have the opportunity to create it with an existing Facebook or Google account. It is free to use Soundtrap if you create no more than 5 projects.
If you need help getting started using Soundtrap, there is help to find in these tutorials for Soundtrap.