Teacher Review For Audacity

Audacity is a fabulous tool for building digital stories.

Darren D.
Classroom teacher
Cottonwood Creek Elementary School
Englewood, CO
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 3
Support 4
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Creation
Small group
Whole class
Great with General
How I Use It
Over the course of a week I had my students complete a digital story using several different tools. Background knowledge was assessed and the fundamentals of digital storytelling was taught. Students brainstormed ideas for a project, wrote a script using Storyboard Maker, searched for images, recorded their narration using Audacity, and put it all together using WeVideo. Audacity is a simple tool for students to record sound and or narration and export to their files for later use.
My Take
Audacity is super easy to use for recording audio. The product is not a solid teaching tool as a standalone product. However, if used for Podcasts or Digital Storytelling then it becomes a powerful tool for students to share research or a personal message about content learned. Moreover, Audacity although free, requires the program to be downloaded on all computers before students can access the program.