- radio and podcasting
- multiple forms of expression
- making new creations
- digital creation
- using and applying technology
ProsFor a free program, it has plenty of content to keep budding recording artists busy and active.
ConsThe site isn't the least bit visually exciting, and it isn't classroom-ready; teachers will have to do a lot of scaffolding to structure in-class activities.
Bottom LineWith tons of quality tutorials and help, this free recording site is a real treat for those who don't have access to the branded software.
Common Sense Reviewer
The site doesn't have a lot of bells and whistles, but kids will find everything they need to record and edit sounds. For those who like to make and play with sound, there is endless potential for experimentation and creativity.
Kids can apply their technology skills by downloading the software and using it to digitally create and manipulate audio. They can join in the collaborative process by suggesting modifications and providing feedback.
The site is simple to navigate and easy to understand. There's an online manual with specialized tutorials, an Audacity wiki, and links to articles that offer tips for using the software.
Audacity isn't just a piece of free audio-manipulating software; it's also a great way to teach a lesson about freedom itself. As the site says, it isn't just that the site doesn't cost anything, but that users are also free to help improve and manipulate the software itself. Teachers can talk to students about the difference between open-source software and licensed software products that cost money. What are the benefits of making things available for free, and what are the drawbacks?Read More Read Less
Audacity is a website that offers free software that can be downloaded and used to record and edit sounds. It's a cross-platform audio editor that helps students record live audio through a microphone or mixer; it also lets them digitize recordings from cassette tapes, records, or minidiscs. The site itself doesn't have any bells or whistles, which makes it simple to navigate and easy to understand. Kids can download the easy-to-use software for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac OS X, and other operating platforms.
The bells and whistles are reserved for the software, which enables users to record live audio, convert tapes and records into digital recordings, mix sounds together, and more. There's also an open forum to discuss the software. This open-source software is easily downloadable, but it helps if you've already got some digital audio knowledge and tech savvy in order to operate and manipulate the recording device. Kids can make their own ringtones, remove vocals from songs, create podcasts, and transfer tapes and records to a computer, opening up some interesting learning possibilities.Read More Read Less
Although not specifically designed for educational use, Audacity may have some potential uses in certain classroom settings. This open-source software can be a great way for students to tinker with audio engineering tools and improve their tech skills. They can use the technology they download to manipulate existing audio and record new pieces, or they can use their creativity to do something unexpected. And because this open-source software is constantly being improved, kids can join in the collaborative process, suggesting modifications and providing feedback. Audacity requires some technological knowledge, but there's lots of potential for experimentation and creativity.
The site provides ample instruction, guidance, and resources to assist general users. However, if you're going to use it in the classroom, you'll probably need to scaffold students' use of the program. The site does have an online manual with specialized tutorials (some in languages other than English), an Audacity wiki, and links to various articles that offer tips for using the software. But the site, and software, on their own, aren't ready-made for learning. The site itself is not particularly engaging, but -- with some structure and scaffolding -- most students will find everything they need here to record and edit sounds of all kinds.Read More Read Less
See how teachers are using Audacity
- Students can create their own music for presentations, helps in teaching copyright.Mona E.
Huntington High School
Huntington, WV5December 31, 2014
- Voice recording software that allows for splicing and mixing tracks.3November 16, 2014
- Audacity is a fabulous tool for building digital stories.Darren D.
Cottonwood Creek Elementary School
Englewood, CO4October 19, 2014
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February 2, 2016