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Awesome audacity for aspiring authors

Awesome Audacity for Aspiring Authors

Mrs. Sheila Boyd

First Grade Teacher

Everett Area Elementary School

How to use audacity in the classroom
How to use Audacity in the Classroom

I was asked to share Audacity and how to use it in your classrooms. I use Audacity in my classroom on a regular basis. I think it’s a great teaching tool.

Today, I hope you will learn how to record, edit, and share sound files.

First, for those unfamiliar with Audacity, it is an open-source recording program that is quite powerful.

Audacity can be used to
Audacity can be used to:

  • Record live audio

  • Convert tapes and records into digital recordings or CD’s

  • 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


  • Audacity:Audacity is a free, easy-to-use audio editor and recorder for Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux, and other operating systems.

Using audacity in the classroom
Using Audacity in the Classroom

  • Podcasting: Powerful and Practical:

    Audacity is the perfect tool for podcasting

Multitrack recording
Multitrack Recording

  • In a Intermediate grade general music class, you might use Audacity to record multiple tracks for a video. In this example, students begin by heading to and use the online mixer to mix their sounds, using the soundbank provided. They record this in Audacity, then record their own voices reading a story they’ve written. Using the editing tools in Audacity, students then put the two parts together, and they’ve now created their own soundtrack to use with their Animoto video, which they’ve created using their own pictures. Neat project!

Uses of audacity a different twist on classroom projects
Uses of AudacityA different twist on classroom projects

  • Social Studies

  • Math

  • Language Arts

  • Foreign Language

  • Music

  • Science

  • Other Uses


  • Support Statements

  • Interviews

  • Description Clips

  • Teacher Audio

  • Students Response

  • Student Audio

Social Studies

Foreign Language


  • Procedures for solving a problem

  • Homework assignment podcast

  • Reader’s Theater

  • Study Notes

  • Summarizing Main Ideas

  • Narrate an event from each character’s point of view.


Language Arts


  • Record

  • Demonstration

  • Tag for musical events

  • Lab Directions

  • Note Taking




  • To provide evidence of learning, and upload to Glogster ( an online poster tool) to share with a wider audience.

  • To enhance any presentation

Record Speeches

Record sound for PowerPoint slides


  • Written compositions or class singing to share with others

  • Sing songs for projects about

    1. human body

    2. insects

    3. grammar


Record compositions

Record soundtracks for animations

Audacity and reading
Audacity and Reading

Promote reading development:

Record reading books. (Helps emergent readers)

Create sound stories for images using free sound effects websites. You can use a creative commons Flickr photos as your source of “sound-rich” images.

Write read tape listen and download
Write, read, tape, listen, and download.

  • Students write a story.

  • Read it on audacity

  • Listen to the story for expression

  • Download the story on school web page for parents and grandparents to hear.

    (Only use the student’s first name for privacy.)

Make an audio radio advertisement
Make an audio/radio advertisement.

  • Use audacity to advertise products the school produces to support service learning for their advertising unit.

Promote to language learning
Promote to language learning:

  • Record kids speaking in one of their language classes then upload to Voki to create speaking Avatars.

    Can be done in Intermediate or High School classes.


  • Class or School Announcements

  • Display of Student Work

  • Help Sessions for absent students

  • New Student Orientation

    ( Walking Podcast)

  • New Parent Orientation

  • Limited only to your imagination

Download audacity at http audacity sourceforge net
Download Audacity at

My summer vacation girl

Thank you

so much for attending my session!

My summer vacation girl

Mrs. Sheila Boyd

First Grade

Everett Area Elementary School