Holt, Rinehart and Winston (HRW) previewed a brand-new technology that will enable users of the company’s online curriculum to record sound online. Called SoundBooth, the technology will be incorporated into Holt’s online Spanish curriculum, Expresate, later this spring and is planned for upcoming revisions of the company’s French and German programs, too. SoundBooth will allow students to record and play back their voices while learning vocabulary, practicing pronunciation, or doing speaking activities in their online textbooks. Teachers can then listen to those recordings, evaluate student performance, and remediate or assign grades as appropriate. “SoundBooth is a tremendous time-saver for teachers and a valuable tool for students to be self-directed when they practice speaking a foreign language,” said Judy Fowler, president of Holt. “Teachers tell us they are thrilled that SoundBooth [will act as] an online recording studio, so they don’t have to collect cassette tapes and cart them around.” With SoundBooth, teachers will be able to review their students’ audio recordings at any time and anywhere they have internet access, she added.
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