Digital Storytelling

"Digital Storytelling is an emerging term, one...that uses new digital tools to help ordinary people tell their own 'true stories' in a compelling and emotionally engaging form." (Digital Storytelling, Wikipedia )

Digital Storytelling appeals to language teachers especially if the students are producing a recording for an audience outside the classroom (other students, their parents, etc.)

Here is an example of a project made by six year-old students:

Little Elephant from ozge karaoglu on Vimeo.

Read more about it on Ozge Karaoglu's blog

Although video is a popular digital storytelling medium, taking a voice recorder (to record on mp3) into the classroom means that you can always decide to record something the students say. Now, sites such as Posterous make publishing audio and video online a very simple matter.

I recommend using a specially made voice recorder rather than an mp3 player with a built-in microphone as the quality is always better. If the voice recorder also has a built in speaker, then you can easily play back the audio instantly in class.

There are more ideas of how to use voice recorders in //Teaching Unplugged// .