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aPLaNet ICT Tools Factsheets_6_Voxopop

aPLaNet ICT Tools Factsheets_6_Voxopop

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The project Autonomous “Personal Learning Networks” for Language Teachers has been funded with support from the
European Commission. This document reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsiblefor any use which may be made of the information contained therein.
Resource Number 6
 
Voxopop
 
URLhttp://www.voxopop.comCategory IIVoice discussion tools
 
Keywords
voice discussion, online communication, talkgroups, speakingassessment
Rationale
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.
Description
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:
 
web-based platform
 –
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.
 
 
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The project Autonomous “Personal Learning Networks” for Language Teachers has been funded with support from the
European Commission. This document reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsiblefor any use which may be made of the information contained therein.
Resources required
Required resources to run the application are very basic.
Obligatory resources
 
Internet access (access to voxopop.com)
 
Headset or microphone and speakers to record and use voice in discussions
 
Image in .jpeg or .gif format to add to your profile
 
CostFree Setup and Configuration
To use this application it is necessary to register using a valid email address. Non-registered users can listen and explore theapplication but only signed up members can open talkgroups or join in on discussions. Registered members get access toother features offered by the platform like being able to add discussions to a watchlist or receive notification when otherscontribute. Registration process to Voxopop is free and easy.
 
Registration allows holding unlimited discussions.
Styling
The page and all its sections are user-friendly oriented and easily orientable.
Navigation and operation
It is possible to listen to most messages without necessarily signing in. In the section Explore talkgroups you can search bytags or by category of your interest. So that you could start a discussion or add some voice message, you need to be signedin. Once you have joined a talk group you can subscribe to it so that you are automatically updated when new entries appear.To record your own voice message, after signing in you simply click on the record button and add your message.To create your own talk group you need to be a registered user. Then you click on the option Start a Talkgroup and writedown
relevant information to define your Talkgroup
s aim and purpose and set the access levels. Voxopop Talkgroups can bepublic, private or restricted
.
Then you simply share the URL with your students or other educators.

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