DigCompEdu Competence area

3.1 Teaching & 3.2 Guidance

Progression Level

Explorer (A2)

Minimum digital skills level of Students


Minimum digital skills level of Educators


Learning/Teaching situation

Teachers want to prepare tutorials and other learning resources. Home learning: Can be used for setting tasks to be completed outside of the formal classroom setting and for students working independently.

Target group

Any kind of teacher or trainer.
Beginners with basic level of digital pedagogy competences.


  • PC/laptop/smartphome
  • Internet connection
  • Voice recorder applications
  • Email adress or other platform to share documents


This recipe gives the teacher a tool to record training sessions and extra resources for students.
Many students do not have time to take notes during class and can use this resource to support their grades.
In the physical classroom, we’re always looking for ways for students to discuss their learning: we arrange desks for group work, organize Think-Pair-Share variations, and shuffle chairs to prepare for literature circles. Audio recording- where students record their own voices responding to prompts or an assignment- offers another space for students to talk their way into learning, remembering, or clarifying.
Students who have not attended class can listen to recorded classes to keep up to date.

How to do it (step by step)

Step 1

The Voice Recorder is usually pre-installed in Windows so that you will find it in the Windows Start Menu. If it is not here, you should open the Microsoft Store and download it from there.

Step 2

The first time you open the Voice Recorder, it is clear what you should do because there is only a single button. Press the microphone button to start recording what you hear in the microphone. There is no countdown or anything, start immediately.

Step 3

During the recording you will be shown the recorded time so far and three buttons. The biggest button is to stop recording (1), but you can also choose to pause the recording (2), in which case you can continue recording in the same file later. Finally, the icon of the flag corresponds to the markers (3), to highlight important moments and to be able to consult them later.

Where these recordings are saved?
Recorder Windows 10 does not allow you to choose where each file is recorded
4. By right-clicking on any of the recordings and clicking Open the location of the file to be shown the file in the File Explorer.
5. In any case, all these recordings are saved in My Documents \ Sound Recordings. The name of the file corresponds to the name of the recording (that if you have not changed it, it is Recording and a number) and with extension m4a.

There is more…

Voice recording using your smart phone is also possible and can easily be shared.

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