XpressLab is an online program that provides tools for creating assignments and tests to help develop oral communication skills using voice recording. It is licensed for grades 7 – 12. Create your teacher account at http://edu.xpressLab.com

Students can also create presentations using XpressLab. Watch the how-to video here.
 
More information and support: http://xpresslab.com/ 
 From the XpressLab site, the following types of activities can be created in XpressLab: 

Practice Exercise: Includes four types of self-assessment questions that can be used to reinforce the listening, speaking and reading skills. A practice exercise can include a mix of question types. Student answers are not submitted for marking. Practice activities can be copied and converted to tests that are submitted for marking.

  1. Oral Question with Sample Answer: This question type can be used to reinforce the listening, speaking and reading skills. Students listen to and/or read  question and respond by making a voice recorded answer. They check their answer by listening to a sample answer that you provide.
  2. Multiple Choice – Oral: This question type targets listening comprehension and possibly reading comprehension. Students are provided with up to four voice recorded answer options. Students listen to and/or read a question and then listen to each answer option and then they select the option they think is correct. The XpressLab system indicates to students whether the selected answer is correct or not.
  3. Multiple Choice – Text: This type of question targets listening and reading comprehension.  Answer options are presented as text. Students select the answer they think is correct and the XpressLab system provides feedback on whether the answer given was correct or incorrect.
  4. True/False: This question type works in the same way as multiple choice questions except that students select either the true or false answer option. Feedback is provided on the answer given.

Untimed Tests: There are a number of different question types that can be used in an untimed test. Tests can include all of one type of question or a variety of the different question types.

  1. Untimed Questions: Students respond to a question prompt by making a voice recording. Questions are usually open-ended and they can require extended speech. This is a ‘mastery’ style question. Students may listen to the question prompt multiple times and re-record their answer until they are satisfied that it is the best answer they can give (within the test time limit). Teachers assess answers and can record feedback as a means of encouraging student success.
  2. Multiple Choice – Oral: These questions can be used to target listening comprehension, speaking and possibly reading comprehension. Students are provided with up to four voice recorded answer options. Students listen to a question and each answer option and then select the option that they think is correct. This question type is submitted and is marked by the XpressLab system.
  3. Multiple Choice – Text: This type of question targets the listening and reading comprehension skills. Students are provided with up to four text answer options. Students listen to or read a question and then they read each answer option. Students then select the option that they think is correct. This question type is submitted and is marked by the XpressLab system.
  4. True/False: This question type works in the same way as multiple choice questions except that students select either the true or false answer option.
  5. Drawing Question: In this type of question, a teacher can ask students to draw something according to his or her instructions. Instructions can be oral, written or both.
  6. Highlight Question: Teachers present students with a text passage. Students are required to highlight words or phrases and then type comments about the words or phrases. It might be to explain an error, to explain the meaning of a sentence or to give other such explanations about elements contained in the text passage.
  7. Writing Question: Teachers ask students to write a text submission. It could be responses to questions, a composition or other topics requiring a written answer.
  8. Table Type Questions: In this type of question, students are presented with a table that has to be completed according to instructions given by the teacher. Instructions can be oral, written or both.
  9. Fill-In-The-Blank Questions: Teachers present students with a text passage in which words are missing. Students must fill in the blanks with a word or phrase that makes sense, according to teacher instructions.

Timed Tests: The only type of question that can be used in an timed test is a timed question. This question type is most often used to measure oral competency or to simulate a conversation or an interview. After receiving a question prompt, students are given a fixed time period to think about their answer and a fixed amount of time to recording their answer (both set by the teacher). The question is presented and the recording is started and stopped automatically. The test runs from beginning to end without stopping.

Teacher Presentations: This tool is used by teachers to present lessons or assignments to students. Teachers can use voice recordings, text, pictures and video in PowerPoint style slides. Links to external Web sites can be included in lesson slides as well as links to text documents or worksheets that support a lesson. In addition to instructional slides, teachers can include practice questions in the context of a lesson to reinforce lesson material. A discussion forum is included which enables students to post questions concerning the material presented. Question posts to the discussion forum are associated with the slide being displayed at the time of the post. When the teacher or other students listen to a post, the associated slide is displayed.

Student Journal: A student journal is a private discussion area used by teachers to present reflective-style assignments to students and for student mentoring. Each student in a class is given his or her own journal. Only the teacher has access to the journal of each student. Journal assignments typically require students to express their thoughts concerning lessons, events, readings and other things that relate to course content. In language courses the journal is used to support the development of extended speech.

Student Presentation: This assignment type provides students with tools for creating virtual class presentations. Students can create PowerPoint style slides with voice narration, text, pictures and video. When marked and at the teacher’s discretion, student presentations can be published for the entire class to see and comment on in an integrated discussion forum.

Oral Discussion: The oral discussion forum activity provides all students in your class with an opportunity to use extended speech in posting voice recorded messages in response to a topic or theme that you present. Students are also able to post responses to forum posts made by other students.  This type of discussion forum is like a text discussion except that all posts are made with voice recordings.

Assignment Drop Box: In this activity type, teachers create an assignment that requires students to create a text composition or to complete a worksheet that is submitted to the drop box for marking. Teachers can download student submissions, make comments in the submitted file and post it back to the student for review. The student’s original assignment file is left unchanged.


To avoid account overload, the best way to use XpressLab is by using the integration with D2L to prevent multiple logins. Instructions below. 

XpressLab Integration with D2L