I have a sense memory of where I was when my then-student teacher Raya said, “Have you seen Aviary?” I fell instantly in love with its online podcasting tools (named, like all of Aviary’s tools, after a bird: in this case, Myna).
With a built-in music library of introductions, loops, and closings and no software installation required, it streamlined the podcasting process in powerful ways. We used it for three summers in our ED 504: Teaching with Technology course.
For a while, there was even a teacher management tool where you could set up an assignment and Aviary would collect all of the students’ work in a single place to facilitate grading. Ah, heaven. That feature was disabled a while ago, but it sure was great while it lasted!
Now, as Aviary’s focus continues to shift, its Flash-based tools are being “retired” on September 15.
However, they’re making their photo editor more available, so all is not lost!