Audio is a great learning tool and is another creative form of expression for students.  Students can add audio to Google Slides, but there currently is not a way to record in Google Slides.

Below is a list of 3 tested recording tools students can use on their Chromebooks to record and edit audio. 

Be sure to check out the Pros and Cons of each, so you can make the best selection for your project.

Disclaimer: External microphone not required to record audio on a Chromebook. :)

Disclaimer: External microphone not required to record audio on a Chromebook. 🙂

Online Voice Recorder

from 123APPS (web-based) – FREE

The Online Voice Recorder website from 123APPS is a free and simple way to record on the fly with a Chromebook.  No login required.  

Pros

  • Easy to use.
  • Save the recording to your device.
  • Editing tool to crop the recording.
  • Auto Silence Trimming
  • Privacy Guaranteed
  • Microphone Settings
  • Format type includes MP3.

Cons

  • Not compatible with mobile browsers.
  • Cannot upload files to edit/trim.
  • If you close your browser tab, the recording is lost.
  • Recordings not saved to website to allow you to edit them at a later date.
  • MINOR-CON: Only has one format to choose from: MP3. (If you need a format NOT MP3)

Voice Record Pro

from BejBej Apps (Play Store App) – FREE

This Google Play Store voice recorder app is free, easy to use, and has a lot of great features when recording and editing on a Chromebook.

Pros

  • Easy to use.
  • Saves recordings in the app.
  • Has editing tools to Cut/Crop the Recording.
  • Can export recordings to Google Drive, Dropbox, and OneDrive.
  • Can import files from Google Drive, Dropbox, and OneDrive.
  • Can send recordings to YouTube and Email.
  • Format types include MP3 (MPEG), M4A (AAC), & WAV (PCM).
  • Can change the title of the recording.
  • Can add notes and add a photo to the file.

Cons

  • Has a file format conversion feature but does not seem to work on Chromebook.
  • Cannot import files from Chromebook local storage.

TwistedWave Online Audio Editor

from TwistedWave (web-based) – FREE

The TwistedWave online editor is a “freemium” recording tool that includes timeline editing and the ability of adding effects but with the limitation of 5 minutes of recording time and 1-channel (mono) audio.

Pros

  • Easy to use.
  • Has editing tools to Cut/Crop the Recording.
  • Option to download final audio file.
  • Can export recordings to Google Drive and SoundCloud.
  • Can import files from Google Drive and SoundCloud.
  • 13 format types including MP3 (MPEG), M4A (AAC), & WAV (PCM).
  • Can change the title of the recording.

Cons

  • Free account only lets you record audio for up to 5 minutes in length.  If you need to record audio longer than 5 minutes, don’t use this tool.
  • Audio is mono (1-channel).  Stereo recording requires purchasing the product.
  • If Chromebook falls asleep, you can lose your work.

So Which Should You Choose?

Questions / Comments

So which audio recording tool is your favorite?  Is there a Pro or Con that we missed?  Let us know in the comments section below.