Fun Teacher PD: Audacity in the Classroom

Thanks to a suggestion made by Kelli McGraw, I am leaning heavily towards a workshop on Audacity for my Staff Development Day workshop.

As the room will be filled with a motley bunch of educators – young, old, experience, less experiences, eager, resentful, enthusaistic, disengaged – I was hoping that you may have some suggestions or ideas for how to use Audacity across KLA.

I’m an English teacher, so i can immediately see the application of Audacity as audio for digital narratives, radio dramas, news reporting, interviewing composers, recording poems etc etc.

Podcasts really are all the rage with teachers – now that iTunesU is available, crazy not to be – but is it with kids?

Would LOVE your ideas – I know these will help other teachers like you and me!


13 thoughts on “Fun Teacher PD: Audacity in the Classroom

  1. For maths, it could be used to explain how and why you make each step of a problem solving exercise…but it would work better if it had a visual element also. Hard to do maths without seeing it!

    • yes, I can see that images would be best – maybe students could screencast their working out on screen? Or is that too hard? What about a friend videoing them writing it all out on a big piece of cardboard and then it being narrated?

  2. History – could make a radio broadcast about a historical event. e.g. Reporting from the Western Front in WWI.

    Perhaps for things like Maths, students could make the podcasts explaining a concept. Podcasts are great for storytelling too. I’m imagining students retelling the story of Pythagoras, or in Science of Achimedes etc.

    Geography could do a ‘tour guide’?

    Interviews are also good. Teachers can make these, or students can work in pairs. I’d like to hear a student interview Salvador Dali, or Brett Whitely!

    For teachers wanting/needing to be visual, perhaps suggest starting with an audio recording using Audacity, then adding it to MovieMaker or similar and importing the images that go along.

  3. And of course Languages! Podcasts would be great for speaking foreign words out loud, and make an excellent assessment tool if you get the kids to make and submit them.

  4. Hi Bianca!

    I am sorry I did not get in on time for your last post but I too would be really interested in learning about audacity.

    I have not used audacity myself for Visual Arts yet, however a fairly obvious use for this tool in the subject would be for students to describe an artwork to an audience. A lot of museums use podcasts to teach people about artworks however, to get students to use this approach would help them to develop how they analyse, talk about, discuss an artwork from different points of view.

    Students often find describing art works in an in-depth manner difficult and to get them to publish their description in this manner would give them practice and accountability.

    They could also post an image of their own artwork and use audacity to publish a description of their own artist practise – describing their work, why they did it, how they did it, what it means, etc.

    Students could also be told about access in museums for those with disabilities which is a really important focus for museums these days. Students could be asked to use audacity to provide access to an artwork for blind audiences – how might they describe the work so that blind audiences have the best access possible. Students could be told how their recordings could be combined with having the actual sculpture/painting, etc. present in the gallery for touch and feel so that blind audiences get to know the work through other senses than sight.

    I hope this helps. Maybe I will look at implementing my own suggestions this term!


    • Wow! That is wonderful – thanks Sally! I am excited to share this with the teachers at my school – let me know how you go with these activities in your classes!
      B 🙂

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