March 12, 2023

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Celebrate World Storytelling Day

Celebrate the ancient art of storytelling on March 20 with these audio tools that students and educators can use to share their stories! 

Grades K-12


Record a message and embed it into your favorite site or provide a link to share, no login or registration required! Recording the message is easy and embedding into a site or blog is quick. Have students record stories to share on your class site.

Grades K-12

Online Voice Recorder

Students can record stories from a device, clip as desired, and save. With no membership required, this is a free and simple recording treasure! Simply push the record button and follow screen prompts to allow the application access to your microphone.

Grades 2-12


Create a presentation that tells your story with familiar PowerPoint slides and the commentary of a screencast. You can determine whether to see the presentation in the order it was created or browse slides and listen to only the portions you want.

Grades K-12


Use Acast’s unlimited hours of audio editing to start or convert a podcast. Tell your story on your own podcast website that updates automatically. Unlike other podcast programs, there are no limits to which podcast app you use.

Grades 6-12


Share this free, open-source audio editor and recording tool. Use existing audio files or create new ones using your microphone. Have students use Audacity to share stories about their families, history, or culture.

Grades K-12


Explain your story with sounds and a song! Boomy uses artificial intelligence to help you personalize and create original music, even if you have never made songs. Begin by selecting the option to create a song, then choose a style.

Grades 6-12


Students and educators can embed audio directly into chosen parts of the text for use on a blog or website. Use Soundcite to bring emotion or context to a story through an actual audio file. Be sure to check out the examples for ideas.

Grades 1-12

Spotify for Podcasters

Tell your story in a podcast on any device with Spotify for Podcasters. Add songs from Apple Music or Spotify, upload audio from your computer, or record your voice to create your podcast. Choose a name, then upload your content as a finished podcast.

Grades K-12


Click on the microphone to begin speaking and sharing your story. This tool offers a distraction-free, easy-to-use speech-to-text notepad for use with Chrome browsers. Share this site with students who are good storytellers but not strong writers.

Grades K-12


Use a combination of instant voice and text messages (including images and locations) to share a story with Voxer. Hear messages live or listen later. Broadcast messages to an individual or group, or listen and respond to chats.

This Week at TeachersFirst

Our FREE spring OK2Ask virtual workshops are now open for registration! Don’t forget to join us this Thursday for our next bimonthly Twitter chat. We are also sharing a related blog post and kindly ask for your input on our weekly poll. 

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OK2Ask Spring Registration Now Open

Our new season of free OK2Ask virtual workshops starts soon! Register now and join us to learn about Sway, podcasting, tools to create timelines, personalized playlists, tools for language learners, and many other topics.

Save your spot in an upcoming session »

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Thursday, 3/16, 8 PM ET

Twitter Chat: Knowledge Construction

Come and tweet with us using the hashtags #OK2Ask and #TeachersFirst. We will define the knowledge construction process and explore integration ideas for knowledge construction across various curricular areas.

Discuss the benefits of knowledge construction experiences in the classroom »

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Infusing Technology Blog

What’s The Buzz: Storytelling

As the world prepares to celebrate the art of oral storytelling, view this blog post that explores the instructional case for storytelling. Learn about the benefits of storytelling, how to use stories in your instruction, and more.

Read about four types of story-based instruction »

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Weekly Poll

This week our poll asks, "What kind of tech tool are you most likely to use to record your students sharing stories?" Submit your reply and view the responses of other educators.

How would you record storytelling? »

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