I came across the program Audacity last year and I love using it in the classroom.
Audacity is an audio editor that can be used on Windows or Mac, it is so easy to use and it’s free.
Audacity is a free,-to-use and multilingual audio editor and recorder for Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux and other operating systems. You can use Audacity to:
- Record live audio.
- Convert tapes and records into digital recordings or CDs.
- Edit Ogg Vorbis, MP3, WAV or AIFF sound files.
- Cut, copy, splice or mix sounds together.
- Change the speed or pitch of a recording.
- And more! See the complete list of features.
Some ways that I have used Audacity in the classroom
- Make a recording of children reading. I have found this to be a great assessment tool. I record children at various points in the year and they love hearing how their reading has improved. Also great idea to use this to add to their Ultranet Portfolio. (if in Vict)
- Record any musical compositions to share with others and parents. Make a CD to share with parents on special calendar days like Education week.
- Create podcasts to go with projects or anything you like. My class have been doing this with our Inquiry Unit. We have then uploaded to the class wiki and blog. Another great way to share with parents or at assembly too
- Record voices to add to a powerpoint
- Record your own voice to make a MP3 for children to listen to in Guided or Rainbow reading. Becomes very easy to build up a range of resources and the kids love listening to their teacher.
How do you use Audacity in the classroom?
Also visit the excellent blog Tip of the Iceberg for a great post and more ideas on using Audacity in the classroom.