I discovered Gabcast last week accidently whilst trying to find AudioBlogger for Blogger, which apparently no longer exists.Gabcast allows you to post a voice recording to your blog or the Gabcast site using a phone. There is an RSS feed for your account, so others can subscribe to your recordings.
Examples on the Gabcast site have people phoning in messages from trips round the world. You are provided with a phone number in the UK, and enter your account number and passkey before recording your message. It was very simple to use.
The Gabcast RSS feed can be added in Studywiz using the RSS resource. Alternatively their is a flash player for your messages than can be embedding in a multi-content resources by copying the html from your Gabcast account – both really easy to do.
Thinking as a teacher, Gabcast could be used when on Geography field trips to update parents on the events of the day whilst away. It could be used to record a learning journey, recording what a class or group has learnt during the day.
School sports teams could phone in match reports after games. Language teachers could record messages as though they were a spy for students to listen to and decipher using the target language.
It might also be an interesting way of logging homework or reminders for students.
The teacher can control the posts by ensuring they keep the passkey unknown and change it frequently to stop students phoning in their own messages. If it is just a teacher using this account it would be straight forward to maintain the security of those posting to the account.
Gabcast offers a way of sharing information with students or parents in a different way. It could be used by tutors instead of the bulletin sheet.
E-safety concerns would require students and staff using this to be aware that no student should be identifiable from the recording – so first names only.