In the first of these two videos, Nik Peachey demonstrates how to install the free version of Pamela to allow you to record the audio of Skype calls (up to 15 minutes) either with another Skype user (for free) or to a landline or mobile phone (credit needed).
In the second video, he shows how Pamela launches automatically whenever you try to make a call and requests whether you would like to make a recording of it or not. He then goes on to explain where to find the resulting mp3 file of your conversation and then how that can be dragged on to the desktop for editing later.
Recording Skype calls can be useful in three main ways:
- to allow you to bring authentic speech into the classroom which you have recorded at home with a native speaker friend or colleague
- to record live chats with your partner school
- to enable pupils to record themselves practising role-plays or presentations
Unfortunately, if Skype is blocked in your school, the last two opportunties will not be possible of course.
Willem Karssenberg, e-advisor and conference speaker from Drente College in Holland has been experimenting with Skype and Pamela as part of his project This call is being recorded where students record themselves practising scripted conversations over the internet.
Watch the clip below to get a flavour.
His work was the inspiration for this post I wrote a few months ago.