Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Hollur is a site that allows users to create 20 second audio files. As a member you create the file and then other members can follow you and listen to your messages. So why 20 seconds? Think about a voice-mail message and how long those are before you tune someone out. For more information about Hollur I suggestion that you visit their Frequently Asked Questions for more information. So why use audio instead of text? Audio makes the message more personal. Sometimes, !!! in text does not have the same effect as hearing those same exclamations in your voice.
Some of the features include the ability to allow you to embed these messages, so you could put them on a website or blog that students use. You can tag the recordings as well to help with organization. Another neat feature is that you can add a link to the recordings so that if you are talking about something from the web, they can see what you are talking about as well.
So how could Hollur be used in education? As a teacher you could create an account and then have students follow you. You could then leave audio messages for your students explaining homework assignments or providing reminders for due dates and test dates. Parents could follow you as well and you could leave short messages to parents letting them know about what went on in class or reminding them to sign permission forms. If you have a Twitter account for your students you could link to this site and your messages for students.