- Review Student Thinking at Your Convenience
- Students audio record their thinking, share it with their teacher via Google Drive or Classroom, and the teachers can review those audio files at a time more convenient than taking precious time in class to do so.
- Hear the Thinking of All Students
- For those students less inclined to take intellectual risks and share their thinking in front of peers, audio recording is one way to make sure teachers hear the thoughts of all students in the class.
- Record Small Group Conversations
- Breakout groups and turn-and-talk shoulder partners are effective ways to have students share their thinking with others, but the teacher generally misses the conversation (and the opportunity to assess student understanding). Have small groups record audio of their conversations, as both an accountability tool (making sure kids are staying on topic) and as a way to listen in on the conversations of each group.
- Student Review of Thinking from Previous Lessons
- While hearing a student's thinking today is valuable to the teacher, having students reflect on their own thinking from an earlier conversation/lesson may give students an opportunity to consider their growth and reflect on their opinions. This review of earlier thoughts (in a student's own words) is made easy with audio recordings stored in Google Drive.
Using GarageBand for Simple Audio Recording
Same Tutorial for older versions of GarageBand