Tip #19: The FREE, Cross-Platform Sound Editor

Dddtix_122 (Brad Fountain – North and South Carolina Field Manager)

What is it and why do I want it?

Audacity_1_1_1 Audacity is a free, easy to use audio editor and recorder that educators and students should find very useful in producing content for use in presentations.  Audacity can used to: record live audio, covert tapes into digital recordings, edit MP3 and WAV files, cut, copy, splice, and mix sounds together…plus a lot more.
For the download go to http://audacity.sourceforge.net/

It can be used for projects such as students recording narrations over unitedstreaming editable video clips, students creating their own digital stories, or for creating your own classroom podcast.  Once you start using it for student projects you will be asking yourself "How did I live with this application?"
Audacity_2 Don’t let the screen shot scare you.  Audacity is a very easy program to use, plus it has plenty of features for to advance to as you become ready.
However, if you like to have a walkthrough you can go to http://audacity.sourceforge.net/help/tutorials to watch tutorials on how to use Audacity.  If you are a person who likes a manual go to http://audacity.sourceforge.net/help/documentation for a printable version.
If you have been using Audacity you may not be aware that Audacity cannot encode MP3s so you need to install an encoder that can be linked.  A trusted encoder can be found at http://audacity.sourceforge.net/help/faq?s=install&i=lame-mp3.

So if you are looking to add some spice to audio of your student’s presentations give Audacity a try.
Hopefully you will Discover a new way to impact your student’s learning.  Your students will Deliver even better presentations and you will be able Document your success stories on the DEN site.

As always, I am
Ubiquitously yours,
Karen

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