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Audio Recording

Two steps to creating an audio broadcast: 1. make an MP3 and 2. make it available via RSS, iTunes, school web site or, class blog. The second stage can sound harder but, in reality, the hard work (and the learning!) is done in the first stage – involving planning, preparation and production. Tools I’ve seen and used very effectively include:

1. Audacity. It’s a free audio editing tool.

It’s not online so will need to be installed on machines – PCs or Macs but it’s easy-to-use and pupils quickly pick it up and become expert, allowing them to

  • Record live audio.
  • Edit MP3 andWAV sound files.
  • Cut, copy, splice or mix sounds together.
  • Change the speed or pitch of a recording.
When you save the MP3, be sure to complete the tagging information. This allows MP3 players to display information such as: the title, who created it, date created, etc.
2. CuePrompter. A brilliantly simple and effective tool. Type or copy&paste text into the editor, choose playback options and you have an online teleprompter. It focuses and scaffolds pupils – they love using it. A great confidence builder too.

3. Once the MP3 has been created, why not upload it to you school website or blog?