Teacher Review For Audacity

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Elizabeth B.
Classroom teacher
Constantine High School
Constantine, MI
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My Grades 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts
My Rating 3
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 3
Support 3
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Creation
Student-driven work
Great with Special needs
How I Use It
I use it to assist with accommodations such as reading tests and text. I can record it and save it to a flash drive or my website as needed. I've also used it to edit music as needed for video clips. My students have used it create podcasts. They recorded their essays and then could experiment with the editing options, even adding music as the intro/credits (Think NPR stories...that was our goal.) Recording could then be exported as a variety of files, though we used WAV and MP3s.
My Take
Audacity is an easy download, can even be stored on a flash drive. Simple for students to understand while also offering them advanced editing features to explore. A few times we had to update Audacity in order for it to work correctly, but we have few problems. (Most problems came from needing good mics/headphones, but that's not Audacity's fault.)