Today’s students are literally mobile — constantly using cell phones, iPhones and Android smartphones. Stationary language labs are expensive to support. Budgets at schools and universities are tight. For-profit language education programs are facing price and feature competition. Educators can easily set up a phone-based Virtual Language Lab for language students using Evoca.
How it works
- Your students can record the lessons you assign simply by using their phones to call any Evoca public dial-in number: http://www.evoca.com/record-using-your-phone/.
- Their recordings are instantly saved as MP3 recordings into your online, secure Evoca account.
- Evoca provides many public dial-in numbers for the students to dial-in from the U.S./Canada and other countries.
- You can listen to student’s recordings and send feedback and links to the recording to your students. See: http://www.evoca.com/email-a-recording/
- Students can playback their recordings on their smartphones, tablets, and computers save to track their own progress.
Setting up your Virtual Language Lab
Step #1: Sign up for an Evoca Pro subscription plan for only $6.95/month. Go to: https://www.evoca.com/evoca-pro-plan-sign-up.jsp
- You get full access to Evoca audio recording, management, and sharing
- You can also record sample audio lessons and post them on your website or blog, and also Facebook and Twitter
- You get an initial 10 hours of recording storage time and can add “buckets” of 10 additional hours of storage time right from your account. See: http://www.evoca.com/add-storage-minutes/
Step #2: Set up an Album for each student. See: http://www.evoca.com/create-an-album/. We recommend using this naming approach: Last name_First name, for easy listening to/grading the recorded lessons.
Step #3: Register up to 30 [or more] students’ phone numbers. See: http://www.evoca.com/register-phone-numbers/. You will assign each phone number to the corresponding student Album [see Step #2]. Teaching more than 30 students? High school teachers can email us to get additional registered phone number slots at no additional charge at: firstname.lastname@example.org. [For-profit subscribers can request additional phone registration slots for a modest up-charge at: email@example.com.]
Hear the story about how a high school Spanish teacher in Florida uses her Evoca Virtual Language Lab: http://www.evoca.com/blog/2011/09/12/how-to-create-a-mobile-online-language-lab/. And we have an “Evoca for Educators” article http://www.evoca.com/evoca-for-educators with more information about using other features such as Skype call recording, online recorders, WordPress voice comments recorders, etc. to expand your language lab if those features are useful in the future. For more information about Evoca’s features visit our How It Works section here: http://www.evoca.com/how-it-works.
As a subscriber you can reach us at any time with questions, requests, and suggestions using our online Help desk ticket system: http://www.evoca.com/helpdesk.
Want to archive your account and suspend payments in between semesters or breaks? You can archive your Evoca account for up to 90 days and reactivate it when you are ready to resume your use of it. During the archive period we save all of your recordings and settings and suspend payments. Only you can enter your payment information to resume use of your Evoca subscription. See: http://www.evoca.com/archive-or-reactivate-account.