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.


http://audacity.sourceforge.net/ – 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.

http://kerileebeasley.com/2009/04/08/10-great-ways-to-use-audacity-with-your-students/ 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 http://audacity.sourceforge.net/manual-1.2/tutorials.html

http://www.mulryne.com/howto/create-audio-recordings-with-audacity-part-3-simple-multi-tracking/ 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 http://www.how-to-podcast-tutorial.com/17-audacity-tutorial.htm

For a useful series of tutorial and examples showing Audacity in use (along with scripted dialogue and soundtracks) click here: http://www.personal.kent.edu/~gmote/audtuts/

Ideas colated from various contributors by Tom Barrett can be found here: https://docs.google.com/present/view?id=dhn2vcv5_440hp3mqqfr

How to remove noise in Audacity http://noodle.mx/blog/2010/09/01/tap012-how-to-remove-noise-with-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.

Click on the link for an Audacity Tutorial video by Kevin Stratvert


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.


  1. User deactivated says:

    We use Audacity in lots of subjects at Braes High, it’s great. Look forward to reading some of these tutorials!

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