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Audioboo is a podcasting tool you can use with your smartphone or iPad. Currently, iPhone, iPad, Android and Nokia support Audioboo. If you have ever wished you could record and share a student’s voice, a message, a lesson, an interview or even your own thoughts and reflections, you will find that those dreams can come true with Audioboo!

The Audioboo web site is the place to start.

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Audioboo couldn’t be simpler. First, download the app to your phone. Make a recording. You can also associate a digital image on your phone with the recording. You have sharing options at that point, but one way to access this music file is to email the audioboo to yourself. When you link to the boo from your email on your home computer, you will be taken to the file on the Audioboo web site on your browser. From there, you have several options. You can Tweet the link, Like it on Facebook, email the link or embed the boo on your website. You can even import the file as a podcast into your iTunes account. Once in iTunes, you can copy the mp3 to your computer and, since it is your original work, you can then attach it and share it with others.

Audioboo is a great way to use smart phones in education. Drawing on the creativity and energy of your students, have them design a short podcast that shares their knowldge on a given topic. Students can also use their built-in smart phone cameras to take photos to go with each boo podcast. Once the whole class has created their boos, upload them to your class web site for visiting parents or other students to hear.

Here’s an example from Catholic Elements, a podcasting ministry, that demonstrates how effective even a short podcast can be.

Our faith is full of the sounds of bells calling the faithful, sung and spoken prayers, and lovely sacred music. The spoken witness of a believer is one of the most powerful tools of evangelization. Perhaps you have a gifted speaker in your parish and want to create podcasts for parishioners to hear them teaching. Recently, two of our choir soloists sang Panis Angelicus at Mass. My iPhone captured the moment with the help of Audioboo! I was able to share the music on our parish Facebook page and email the link to the soloists, who were delighted. Have a listen:

Take the time to learn Audioboo, and the possiblities for using this podcasting tool in your catechetical ministry will quickly become evident! How have you tried Audioboo? Leave a comment so we can hear about it.

ThumbJam for iOS

While we are talking catechesis and technology, let’s not forget your students who are musically talented – or want to be! More and more, music is a part of our world: online, in iPods, over speakers and live. ThumbJam is one of those apps most people can probably live without – but some of us can’t live without it.

The free app for iPod Touch, iPad and iPhone gives you over 40 instrument sounds, the ability to change key, change style of music, create loops, record your music session for sharing and much more. You can also upgrade to the paid app and have the ability to record your own voice over your original music and many more features. A complete users guide to all features is accessible online at http://thumbjam.com/usersguide.

Watch this demonstration to get an idea of how easy it is to use ThumbJam to create music:

Are your students engaged in digital age learning? Are they creating original work to express their thoughts and feelings? Are you engaging students who are auditory learners? Let ThumbJam be one of the Web 2.0 tools in your catechetical toolbox for the musically-inclined in your class or ministry. When your students create videos and podcasts, let their original ThumbJam creations provide the background music. Let ThumbJam music provide a starting point for discussion of the evolution of sacred music used in liturgical settings. Challenge your students to discover a syle of music that they believe enhances prayer anad worship, to create a short composition that illustrates this, and then ask the rest of the class to write about their response to this music.

Enough about my creative ideas. I’d love to hear about how you use ThumbJam in your catechetical setting!