Using Audio in the Classroom


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This is the PowerPoint from a Burrell School District In-Service presentation on ways to incorporate audio recording as a teaching and learning tool in the classroom.

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Using Audio in the Classroom

  1. 1. Burrell School District In-Service Monday, February 16, 2009 BRIAN QUERRY Pennsylvania Keystone Technology Integrator Discovery STAR Educator
  2. 2. <ul><li>Welcome and Introductions </li></ul><ul><li>Different Learning Styles </li></ul><ul><li>Uses for Audio Recordings </li></ul><ul><li>Making Audio Recordings </li></ul><ul><li>Podcasts / Posting Online </li></ul><ul><li>Using the Internet as a resource </li></ul><ul><li>BREAK </li></ul><ul><li>Individual Work Time </li></ul><ul><li>Summary and Recap </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Name </li></ul><ul><li>Grade Level and Subject Taught </li></ul><ul><li>How you would like to use audio in the classroom or as a supplemental instructional tool </li></ul>
  4. 4. DIFFERENT LEARNING STYLES <ul><li>Aural </li></ul><ul><li>Visual </li></ul><ul><li>Kinesthetic </li></ul><ul><li>TEACHER AUDIO: Aural </li></ul><ul><li>STUDENT AUDIO: Aural and Kinesthetic </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Demonstration (one-time) </li></ul><ul><li>Review </li></ul><ul><li>Extra Support Materials </li></ul><ul><li>“ Speak the same language” </li></ul><ul><li>Allows students who are absent to easily catch-up on work missed </li></ul><ul><li>Usually only have to make it one time </li></ul>
  6. 6. STUDENTS CREATING AUDIO RECORDINGS <ul><li>Allows students to learn new concepts in conjunction with their subject material </li></ul><ul><li>Differentiated Instruction / Student Choice </li></ul><ul><li>Though more work in setting up, often easier end result </li></ul><ul><li>Proper training on equipment/software is VITAL </li></ul><ul><li>Additional allotted class time </li></ul><ul><li>Permission forms for posting any work with student names included </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>To make an audio recording to use in the classroom, you need: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Computer with audio recording software (Audacity) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Microphone </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Web site to host your clip (if posting online) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>TeacherWeb </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Wiki Page </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Podcast Hosting Site (if making a podcast) </li></ul></ul></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>What do I do with it once I’ve made it? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Store your sound file on your computer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Transfer your sound to an iPod or .mp3 player </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Upload your sound file for stand-alone listening to a web site </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Upload your sound file to be converted into a podcast </li></ul></ul>
  9. 10. <ul><li>Audio or video files distributed over the Internet using “syndication feeds” </li></ul><ul><li>People can subscribe to receive your program, so that whenever a new recording is posted, they get notified </li></ul><ul><li>NOT ALL RECORDINGS ARE PODCASTS! </li></ul><ul><li>Recording requires RSS coding (Really Simple Syndication) </li></ul><ul><li>Most podcast hosting sites will convert files to the appropriate format for you </li></ul>
  10. 11. <ul><li>Term was created out of the term iPod Broadcast </li></ul><ul><li>Many web site and programs have been created to host and access </li></ul><ul><ul><li>iTunes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Podbean </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CyberEars </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SwitchPod </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Do I need to make my recording a podcast? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Subscribers will automatically be notified when you post a new recording </li></ul></ul>
  11. 12. <ul><li>Vocabulary or Concept Practice </li></ul><ul><li>Unit Reviews </li></ul><ul><li>Research Projects </li></ul><ul><li>Oral Reports </li></ul><ul><li>Audio Newsletter to Parents </li></ul>
  12. 13. <ul><li>Research </li></ul><ul><li>Write a Script </li></ul><ul><li>Practice </li></ul><ul><li>Record your audio </li></ul><ul><li>Mix in any additional music (optional) </li></ul><ul><li>Edit your audio </li></ul><ul><li>Save your file </li></ul><ul><li>Upload to a web server </li></ul>
  13. 14. Audacity How To Have Fun With Sound by “Audacitydemo” Thanks to This presentation is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.
  14. 15. Setting your microphone <ul><li>EDIT - Preferences </li></ul>Set your recording device to be your microphone
  15. 16. Recording Sound Click on the buttons inside the red box to find out what they do.
  16. 17. Recording Some Sound <ul><li>Press Record – to start recording </li></ul><ul><li>Press Stop – to stop recording </li></ul>
  17. 18. Editing Sound Click on the buttons inside the red box to find out what they do. These tools are explained in more detail in the following slides.
  18. 19. Selection Tool <ul><li>Make sure the Selection Tool is selected </li></ul><ul><li>Use the Mouse and highlight the sound on the track you want to edit or delete </li></ul>Highlighted Area
  19. 20. Envelope Tool <ul><li>Make sure the Envelope Tool is selected – blue lines will appear </li></ul><ul><li>Drag the Blue lines in or out to change the volume of the whole track </li></ul>
  20. 21. Timeshift Tool <ul><li>The Timeshift tool is for when you have more than one track </li></ul><ul><li>Move the track to where you want </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure the Timeshift Tool is selected </li></ul>
  21. 22. Playing Sound <ul><li>Click Skip to Start – to put the cursor at the beginning of the sound or click where you want to start from </li></ul><ul><li>Click Play </li></ul>
  22. 23. Importing Sound <ul><li>File > </li></ul><ul><li>Select the sound you want and Open </li></ul>Import > Audio BE SURE YOU ARE USING ROYALTY-FREE OR PUBLIC DOMAIN MUSIC ONLY!
  23. 24. Deleting Sound <ul><li>Using the Selection Tool select the sound you want to delete </li></ul><ul><li>Press the Delete key on your keyboard </li></ul>Selected Area that will be deleted
  24. 25. Lets Have Some Fun <ul><li>To have fun with the sound, select Effect </li></ul><ul><li>Play around with the settings for each effect to see what they do </li></ul><ul><li>Select an Effect from the menu </li></ul>
  25. 26. Exporting to an audio file If creating a Podcast for the internet, export as MP3 . To burn to an audio CD or use your sound in Movie Maker, export as WAV .
  27. 28. <ul><li>Royalty-free music for background </li></ul><ul><li>Sample podcasts </li></ul><ul><li>Create your own musical background </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Be careful not to violate copyright regulations! </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
  28. 29. <ul><li>Free Music Project </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>PodSafe Music Network </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>PodSafe Audio </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
  29. 30. INDIVIDUAL PRACTICE TIME <ul><li>Practice recording with Audacity </li></ul><ul><li>Create something for your classroom (if prepared) and save to your flash drive </li></ul><ul><li>If ready, upload to your TeacherWeb or create podcast account and upload </li></ul>
  30. 31. BREAK TIME! <ul><li>After the break: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Work on individual practice or record from prepared material </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Approximately 45-50 minutes to work </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Come back together and share what we have done and answer any final questions </li></ul></ul>
  31. 32. SHARING AND FINAL QUESTIONS <ul><li>Examples of what you’ve created </li></ul><ul><li>Questions? </li></ul><ul><li>Presentation materials, links, and tutorials on my wiki page </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>