Teacher Review For Audacity

Audacity gives students an opportunity to hear themselves (fluency or presentation)

Adina S.
Technology coordinator
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My Grades Pre-K, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 3
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 4
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Creation
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
Students used the program to record research reports. Students worked in small groups to research and write about a topic (space) and then each student recorded their section of the report. We then posted these recordings on our classroom webpage. Once a student had recorded a section, he/she would play it back to see it they were happy with it. Most of the time, they wanted to practice again and then rerecord it. Students rehearsed much more than they normally would for a presentation, which helped with overall reading fluency. We also used it to record sight words. I had a group of adults volunteer to record themselves going through some sight word lists (word - spelling - word). I then used this audio and matched it to PowerPoint slides of those words. The final product was burned onto DVDs for student to use as practice over the summer.
My Take
Audacity had a lot of value for my 4th grade students, but they couldn't manage the program completely on their own. It still took someone who was familiar with audio recording or Audacity in particular to assist.