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Resources/Links/Class Examples

Audacity Tutorial Wiki
Audacity Plug Ins and Libraries
How to Use Audacity Video
Audacity Tutorial for Podcasting Video
Installing Audacity Instructional Video
Audacity-Every Teacher Should Learn to Use Digital Audio
Audacity Slide Share Tutorial

Strengths
  • All projects autosaved
  • Open source, free
  • Easy learning curve
  • Community support continually working to make improvements/repairs
  • Can be run on both Mac and PC
  • Has its own page with tutorials
  • High quality output
  • Record live audio.
  • Record computer playback on any Windows Vista or later machine.
  • Convert tapes and records into digital recordings or CDs.
  • Edit WAV, AIFF, FLAC, MP2, MP3 or Ogg Vorbis sound files.
  • Cut, copy, splice or mix sounds together.
  • Change the speed or pitch of a recording.

Weaknesses
  • Program is not complete - you need to install some additional encoders (MP3), and plug ins separately
  • Latest version in beta - not

Opportunities
  • Record live audio
  • Convert tapes and records into digital recordings or CDs
  • Cut, copy or splice sounds together
  • Change the pitch or speed of a recording
  • Dub over existing tracks to create multi-track recordings

Threats
  • There are no perceived threats from this tool

Ideas for the Classroom
  • Audacity to create podcasts of book reviews, reports and poetry readings
  • Record compositions or class singing to share with others
  • Create sound stories for images using free sound effects websites
  • Create resources to be used outside classroom
  • Create student presentations – can be combined with visuals such as Photo Story, or Slide Share
  • Use in a science class to teach properties of sound waves
  • Create mini-lessons for students needing remediation
  • Create make-up work for absentees
  • Create interviews for assignments
  • use the platform to introduce students to possible carreers in sound engineering.available for Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, GNU/Linux, and other operating systems
  • Can record band/orchestra/choir rehearsals for students to listen, review, and comment on
  • Create classroom radio/news shows recapping salient topics related to specific units.
  • Can be used as an audio journal for independent reading tasks
  • Can be used in Intensive Reading classes to assess and improve reading fluency