I’ve had this WordPress blog for about two years and have had blogs with Blogger in the past. Both are good services, but I like the WordPress interface a bit better as well as the ability to have several static pages (inspiration, projects, and resources, for example). Recently, WordPress announced a feature that Blogger had years ago but cancelled: the ability to phone your blog.
Once you’ve signed up for a WordPress blog, you can configure a special number that you can call and record a message that will appear on your blog. I don’t plan to use this feature on this blog, but there are several reasons that this feature is mentioning.
First, this is a way to create digital recordings without any special equipment: no microphone, digital audio recorder, computer, mp3 player — just a phone. The recordings can be downloaded, shared, and edited in the same way as any other digital recording.
Second, a student in an ESL class can make a recording and then others in the class can comment on it. This could be feedback on an impromptu speech topic, a dialog between two or more students, or any other oral interaction. Comments could be based on language used, content, or both. Many options are possible when it is this easy to share a digital audio recording.
All of this is possible with some content management systems (there are plugins available for Moodle, for example) but otherwise pulling all of the technology together to make this happen can be a bit of work, all of which is streamlined by simply calling your blog.