Monthly Archive for January, 2011

Hear! Hear! Tools for Creating and Editing Audio Recordings in the Classroom

So you want to make an audio recording? Here are some free tools to help you do that in the classroom.

Audacity – Audacity is free software to download which lets users record and edit audio in order to create mp3 files for use on websites, blogs, podcasts or anywhere online.

Audacity is a free, easy-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.

From @bevevans on Twitter come the following suggestions for ideas to use Audacity in the classroom:  Use audacity to edit story into bits, then ask children to edit then back together.   Or use Audacity to guess the film only from soundtrack or dialogue; or use Audacity filters to give characters different-sounding voices in a recording by pupils. Here is a link to some interesting ways to use Audacity in the classroom from @klbeasley on Twitter.

Audacity has tutorials on its own website at Kevin Mulryne has produced a series of quick Audacity tutorials – this one shows how to combine several audio tracks one of top of the other.

There are free tutorials with videos at

For a useful series of tutorial and examples showing Audacity in use (along with scripted dialogue and soundtracks) click here:

Ideas colated from various contributors by Tom Barrett can be found here:

How to remove noise in Audacity

Click here for the Audacity tutorial, from the EduBlogs Teacher Challenge site, which provides ideas for use in the classroom as well as links to resources for getting started using Audacity.


For an alternative online tool for creating and editing audio files click here to visit FileLab Audio Editor.


More Resources

For many more resources on creating audio, whether tools to create and edit, examples of how they can be used in schools, or tutorials, have a look at the audio & podcasting resources here from WebTools4u2use

AudioBoo – one of a number of free online tools which let you upload pre-recorded audio mp3 files (such as created using the likes of Audacity) or record straight to the site either via a mobile app or via their website (or via email or over the phone). The player is there automatically on the site so your audience can just click play and the audio can be heard – you can add an image and location map to the post too. And you can share the link to your audio file/podcast with others either as a direct link in an email to others or as a link on a website ior blo, or you can take the embed code from your uploaded file so that the player appears on your blog or website page. Where you are recording live with no editing, or uploading previously created and edited files then AudioBoo provides a useful tool for sharing audio files.

6 Useful Free Audio Editing tools for Teachers – a list collated by Med Kharbach of audio editing or manipulation tools, in which he describes their relative features. This includes Audacity, Wavosaur, AudioBoo, Audio Expert, FileLab, and Aviary Myna.

Ideas for using audio in class

Interesting Ways to Use Audio in Class is a collection of ideas shared by many teachers about how they have used audio in their classrooms. This contains tips, ideas and links to resoures.

Domo Animate – create animation online – Domo Animate (from the creators of Go Animate) is a school-friendly version of Go Animate for pupils to create animations free online.  It lets pupils animate characters of their choice and add music and sound effects from a bank of sounds.  Pupils can add speech as text bubbles and add interactive elemtns for story-telling activities.  It has been designed to avoid having inappropriate content for school use and so if inappropriate content is attempted to be added it will be scrambled or blocked.

Domo Animate animations can be embedded on websites or blogs.

Click below for a video introduction to Domo Animate:

Click on the following link for a video by Kevin McLaughlin showing pupils creating an animation using Domo Animate

Picasa 3 for your Pictures – working with images

Picasa 3 is free downloadable software (from which lets you manage and manipulate your photographs.  You can apply several effects to each photograph, you can resize, crop and create collages , slideshows or videos. 

You can create large posters to whatever size you wish from your photograph which prints on the paper in your printer but overlaps to let you piece it together at the larger size.

You can create a collage of any number of images and have full control over resizing, rotating and layering these in any way you wish.

You can batch export a whole group of photographs to a folder – handy when your digital camera produces high-quality large filesize photographs and you need to quickly resize a whole group for putting onto a website or blog.

You can create a video slideshow with animations and transitions along with audio.

Picasa’s own helpguide and tutorials can be found here:

See the following for answers from TechEase to several Frequently Asked Questions about using Picasa: – this also includes other helpful information about digital images in general.

Video tutorials on using Picasa from can be found here:

Resize multiple pictures for use on a website or blog by using Picasa – here’s how

Excellent introductory video to Picasa 3

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