Audacity is an open source software program that is used to edit, record or listen to digital audio files. You can also download it for home use by visiting http://audacity.sourceforge.net. To save a file in an mp3 format, you will need the LAME encoder. This is already downloaded on school computers. To download the encoder onto your home computer, go to http://audacity.sourceforge.net/download/windows.
- Fluency - Students can record their voices and listen to check their intonation and pronunciation.
- Foreign Language - Teachers can record proper pronunciation of a foreign language so students can listen and practice. Students can record and listen to see if they are using proper articulation.
- Podcasting/Language Arts - Use Audacity to record a "show" to inform others about class news, current events, and areas of interest. Students can persuade their peers to help others, make a difference, or try something new. Podcasts can also entertain others with various stories, poems, and/or jokes. Once the "show" is recorded, convert it to an mp3, and place the file on a website with RSS, Real Simple Syndication, so people can subscribe to your show and listen to it on the computer or on a portable device.
- Other Ideas
- reading poetry aloud to hear rhythm and rhyme
- teaching skills with song - Mr Mayo's Podcast Page
- recording reader's theater
- reading famous speeches or student created speeches
- recording debates
- publishing personal narratives
- creating a class storybook
- making sound recordings from the first person point of view (diary or journal style)
- making audio books for younger readers
- recording/listening to interviews
- recording how-to instructions or directions
- create songs with lyrics that match a curricular unit of study
- making classroom news reports
- rapping vocabulary like Flocabulary
- using an LCD projector to demonstrate the shape of sound waves
- singing or playing instruments in Music class
- Additional Ideas for Podcasts on Educational Podcast Network
- Audacity software (version 1.2.6 currently in schools)
- LAME encoder
- A good microphone
- Audacity Tutorial - (PDF)
- Audacity Quick Guide - (PDF) - Quick details on how to convert your file to an mp3.
- Adding Music and Sound Effects Quick Guide - (PDF) - Quick tips on adding music and effects to your audio recording.
- Audacity Online Tutorial - (Website)
- Audacity Screenshots - (Website) - Helpful troubleshooting pictures.
- Podcast Permission Slip - (Word Document) - Please feel free to edit and use in your classroom.
- Click here to download a 25 Page Podcast Planning Guide from Radio WillowWeb - (PDF) - This download is from the Learning in Hand site.
- Music and Sound Effect Websites
- Partners in Rhyme - (See "License Agreement Explained: What can I use this music for?" - Scroll down near the bottom) - Really the only things you can't do with the sounds and music is resell them or post them on your website for others to download.
- Discovery Streaming - Search for songs or sound effects
- Special Effects - Morph your voice with Audacity's Effect menu. Your students can sound dramatically different and take on a character. This is very motivating for creative writing. Directions are available for: robot, chipmunk, telephone operator, concert hall echo, and talking on the radio. The skill level required for these effects vary. Highlight your vocal track and then follow the directions in order to generate voice effects.