This was a post about Lingt Classroom shutting down, but in fact only Lingt is shutting down, not Lingt Classroom. Confusing!
We continue to wait for the ultimate. web-based audio and video recording solution. Our language teachers just discovered Lingt, which allows teachers to easily record and post audio and review student-submitted audio clips — perfect for extending students’ speaking and listening practice beyond class time.
Confused about Lingt vs. Lingt Classroom? This graphic explains it all.
When will we achieve simple web-based audio recording? NanoGong looked promising for a while, but we had issues with the consistency and ease of use of the Java applet, and they are moving slowly to integrate with Moodle 2.0. Moodle fans are considering other options. Riffly looked terrific for a short time, but then the company apparently imploded. VoiceThread is terrific, but you can only use it their way, and the learning object structure does not match every teacher’s learning environment objectives. Students could record audio to their computers and then post the files, but this requires a lot more setup and troubleshooting than direct web recording.
When we do finally get there, the effect will be pretty significant for language teachers and learners.
Update: Jac directs us to Audio Dropboxes from Michigan State University
Riffly allows users to post browser-based video and audio comments on your blog. I was so excited about this new company that I immediately installed the Drupal version of the plug-in on our intranet. Today, Riffly went down, and with it our site! Fortunately, it was easy to disable in order to bring our site back up.
The advent of built-in video cameras eliminated the need to obtain, set up, use, and transfer from a video camera. Browser-based video recording eliminates the need run a video capture application such as iMovie, export the video to a different format, and upload the resulting file to a web site. With browser-based video upload, students may post video comments within seconds from school or home. This is a big deal for language classes and international exchanges! Teachers are extremely sensitive to the length of time technology adds to a student activity. When the time drops dramatically, teachers use the tool more frequently (or at all).
While I’m not thrilled about the idea of relying on an external site to host videos, this is far better to linking to YouTube, because the user never sees Riffly, and we don’t have to provide the bandwidth. Of course, we will be putting our eggs in Riffly’s basket, hoping that they will thrive and not change their revenue model. It may be a safe bet, considering that we should see competitors to Riffly appear over time.
At the moment, I’m waiting for a solution (or some time to investigate myself) to make the Riffly Drupal plugin actually insert the necessary code into the comment field. Get over that small hurdle, and we will be off and running! On recommendation, I disabled TinyMCE for the Drupal comment field, and then code insertion worked again! Unfortunately, now Riffly is experiencing a problem themselves, and Riffly is broken everywhere. We wait once more. I hope they will do whatever they can to ramp up again. They have a terrific product that could really take off.