Grapevine is an audio “chatboard” that I’m adding to The Best Sites To Practice Speaking English.
It’s super-simple to set-up a private forum where students can listen and respond to others and don’t have to be online at the same time. English Language Learners can communicate with other classes around the world, like in our International Sister Classes Project or just be given a simple speaking assignment to complete.
I love its simplicity and ease of use. It’s still in Beta, so you need an invitation to join. I received mine within seconds of requesting one, though.
I’m also adding it to The Best Online Tools For Collaboration — NOT In Real Time.
It some ways it’s similar to the Vaestro Voice Channel that allows you to have, for instance, your own class “voice channel” where students can easily record messages. TVO Wikispaces has a good explanation and some examples on its site, along with a bunch of other good language-learning resources. Vaestro, though, is a bit more complicated than Grapevine.
Thanks for the post and v happy you like Grapevine. If you need people set up with a beta invite just let me know, plus all the people with invites already can invite 10 others each!
I see you like the non-real time use – which is very cool – but when people are in a vine at the same time, you can use it for communication in real time as well. In the case thats useful for you and your folks.