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Three Good Tools for Recording and Publishing Audio Conversations
Synth is a free service designed for classroom use. It had a few big updates in 2021. Originally, Synth limited recordings to 256 seconds. You can now record up to 30 minutes. As before, you can publish your recordings for students to listen to and respond to with their own recordings. Likewise, students can create a recording, post it, and get responses from you and their classmates. A video overview of Synth is available here.
Anchor is a simple, free platform for recording, editing, and distributing podcasts. Checking in to Anchor can be as easy as holding down the record button on your phone or laptop and then releasing it when you’re done talking. Anchor allows you to upload external audio files to include in your podcast. Finally, if you want to distribute your podcast to Apple Podcasts (iTunes), Google Podcasts, Spotify (Anchor’s parent company), or any other large podcast network, Anchor makes that process simple for you. Watch the video here for instructions on how to post a podcast through Anchor.
Flipgrid has made a name for itself as a service that teachers and students can use to record and share short videos with each other. But there were teachers and students who preferred not to appear on camera. To remedy this, for a few years I would recommend that people just cover the webcam when recording. But now Flipgrid has an audio-only recording option. You will find this option in the “options” menu that appears when you launch the integrated recorder in Flipgrid. See the screenshot below to locate the audio only option in Flipgrid.