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URLhttp://www.voxopop.comCategory IIVoice discussion tools
voice discussion, online communication, talkgroups, speakingassessment
Being an effective L2 communicator requires time, coherent practice and good incentives so that communication skills couldbe developed, honed and added to an on-going basis. They are the heart of interpersonal skills and building themsystematically ensures effective exchange of information. Discussion forums are widely explored within the classroompractice and create essential part of many distance learning environments.
The main aim of this voice discussion resource is to bring people together in an on-line environment to provoke thoughtful andconstructive discussion among the participants no matter who they are. Voxopop aims to provide that kind of bridge to bringabout social change.There is always need to add communication some dynamics, discover new resources to build learning skills to improve your communication, and promote interpersonal relationships. With the addition of voice tools educators can communicate withtheir students and other teachers by recording and listening to voice messages through a simple graphical user interfaceonline for free.
Voxopop is a web based audio tool that enables users to record their speaking as well as to comment on an image, video or graphic. In fact, Voxopop is essentially a message board system that uses voice instead of text. Messages are recorded in agroup which is referring to the same commenting incentive. These groups are called "talkgroups" - communities of real peoplediscussing various topics using their real voices.There is an option to join an existing community or to create your own. Youcan even set up a private talkgroup that will be kept aside from the public which might be ideal for classrooms. An invitemechanism has also been added, to help spread the word about your favourite talkgroups.One of its major advantages are:
no need to download any software
ease of use
learn from peers
building learning/teaching community
accessibility and affordability (completely free)
Voxopop uses Flash Player for playing audio and Java for voice recording.