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Podcasting and using audacity in the classroom


and using Audacity in the classroom

Created by Teresa Morton, Spencer Graber, Anthony Martin, and Chris Turner

Podcasting and using audacity in the classroom

Centra Quick Tips

  • Press button or Ctrl Key to speak

  • Use button to ask questions

  • Use button for Yes, button for No

  • Use buttons for feedback - Step Out

  • Text Chat – type, then press Enter/Send



  • Chris Turner (Crest Middle School, Shelby, NC)

  • Teresa Morton (Albemarle Middle School, Albemarle, NC)

  • Spencer Graber (J.N. Fries Magnet School, Concord, NC)

  • Anthony Martin (Crain's Creek Middle School, Vass, NC)



  • Welcome to Podcasting: Using Audacity in the Classroom. Here's what we are covering in this presentation:

    • Downloading Audacity

    • Creating Podcasts with Audacity

    • Editing,Saving, and Exporting

    • Using Audacity in the Classroom

    • Independent Practice and Follow Up

    • Questions and Answers



Podcasting is a new method of communicating that allows anyone to create audio files and download them to computers or MP3 players for other to listen to.

Using podcasting in school

Using Podcasting in School

  • Student Produced Newscasts

  • Recording Lessons for Absentees

  • Student Led Conferences

  • Projects and Oral Reports

  • Student Portfolios

  • Group Discussion

  • Oral Assessment

  • Math Daily Oral Question

  • Parent Communication

Podcasting and using audacity in the classroom

Audacity is a free web tool used for audio editing and recording that is a resource for creating a podcast.



  • Record Live Audio

  • Convert Tapes into Digital Recordings

  • Edit sound files such as mp3

  • Cut, copy, splice or mix sounds together

  • Change speed or pitch of recording

  • Dub over existing tracks


Getting started

Getting Started

To export files, Audacity requires an encoder. The LAME mp3 encoder may be downloaded and used in Audacity.


Downloading audacity

Downloading Audacity

Using the link below, choose the download of Audacity that is compatible with your computer.


Audacity 2.0.1

Audacity for Windows®

(Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7)

Audacity for Mac®

(Universal Binary for Mac OS X 10.4 or later)

Audacity for GNU/Linux®

Control panel

Control Panel


Basic recording

Basic Recording

Create a New Project Under File


Basic recording cont d

Basic Recording cont'd

Check the Preferences

  • Sound Device

  • Quality

  • File Formats

  • Spectrograms (For Adjusting Settings)

  • Directories (Location of Temporary Files)

  • Interface (Toolbars)

  • Keyboard/Mouse (Create Shortcuts)


Basic recording cont d1

Basic Recording cont'd

Hit the red button and start recording.


Trimming clips

Trimming Clips

Sometimes a clip may be too long or you want to cut part of it out.

  • Highlight the section you wish to keep.

  • Click the “Trim” button at the top and the rest will be cut out.

Saving the project

Saving the Project

Save the project in a version that allows you to continue to edit. Click FileSave Project As Type in File Name.



Exporting from audacity

Exporting from Audacity

To export a file to the web or as mp3, Go to

File > Export > Save (similarly to the previous step).


Podcasting examples in the classroom

Podcasting Examples

in the Classroom

  • Audio & Video Reviews for Tests

  • Video Recording of Class Lecture for Homework or Group Assignments

  • Class Newsletter for Parents to download from Web or Wiki Site

  • Audio & Video Sub Plans


Podcasting examples in the classroo m cont d

Podcasting Examples in

the Classroom cont'd

  • Record Reading Groups and Vocabulary for Student Access on Class Web Site

  • Recording Notes as a Resource

  • Audio of Group Questions for Students to answer through Podcasting

  • Book Reports

  • Class Reports to Upload to iTunes as Motivation for Students.


For more information

For More Information...

For more indepth information on using Audacity, as well as information on the latest tips and tricks, visit their wiki page by clicking the link below.

Audacity Wiki



Next steps

Next Steps

  • Over the next two days try out some of the tools we’ve shared with you here and think about how you can use them in your classroom with your students.

Next steps1

Next Steps...

  • That discussion is at the Teaching & Learning in the 21st Century Blog at:


  • Scroll down the page to find the discussion forum for this presentation titled:

    Using Audacity to Create Podcasts

  • Information about this is included in the workshop packet we sent out in an email.

For more information1

For More Information

For more information about this workshop and others go to the Center for Adolescent Literacies website at:


Presentation materials including this Power Point are posted at:


Thank you

Thank You!

Thank you for joining us today. In about a week, you will receive a short survey that helps us evaluate these workshops. Thanks in advance for filling that out.

For additional questions contact:

Bruce Taylor

Director, The Center for Adolescent Literacies

at UNC Charlotte


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