Use of sound in digital literacy teaching

There are three main learning styles Visual, Auditory, and Kinesthetic Learning Styles.  When planning learning care has to be taken to try and balance the learning across all three styles to ensure equality of accessibility to all learners.

Digital resources commonly involve written information in the form of instructions or learning.  The more engaging resources have an element of interactivity built into them.  Less frequent is the use of sound.  Adding sound can be more complex.  Most platforms do not allow for sound to be added. When devising a learning plan an element of sound is important.  research shows that the most engaged with resources are videos which combine both sound and moving picture elements.  Creating moving pictures/words is relatively easy with slideshow tools such as Prezi, Google slides, Slideshare etc. Adding sound not only requires more complex software but also more complex platforms.  Good free platforms such as YouTube and Vimeo exist once a video has been created.

A simpler way of adding sound is in a sound file provided to learners perhaps containing feedback.  Sound recording requires simpler technology and is available on most modern devices.

Sound is available in instant messaging platforms such as Skype, Facebook Messenger and FaceTime.  These real-time sound tools could proof useful but being real-time might make them less accessible than prerecorded sound files.

For this course I investigated adding sound.  I discovered that Evernote could have sound files added either as an attached file or recorded directly from their tablet app. I used the Evernote recorder to record my reflections on feedback from others.

I did see reference to adding sound comments to Google Docs etc but have since found that Kaizena, the add-o,n has taken its service in-house and the free version is limited with a pro version being marketed.