Saturday, June 1, 2013

Great worshop!

I wish that we had had a longer time in this workshop. I have played a little with Audacity, but didn't realize all of the features that it offered. I can see this would be very beneficial to foreign language classes, speech classes, and social studies classrooms. I haven't tried podcasting with students, but this is such a user friendly software, that I feel fairly confident in introducing it to students.


  1. What I thought would be fun and helpful from the Audacity presentation was to take clips from Movies and Songs and incorporate them into a lesson. I run into the problem of not having enough time to show a movie or I can't show the movie because of parts of the movie. When really I just want pieces of the movie anyway. Using those movies clips and song clips would be a great way to get kids attention and have them build on going from picking clips they like to then explaining why they like the clips. They then hear themselves as they edit their recording to help them understand how they sound and come across.

  2. Podcasting for students is a brilliant tool as information often is lost during mini lecture or during an information dump during class. Though we try to capture all the detail students needed, often questions are asked which clarify or we simply do not think of everything. Podcasts can be scripted for replay at the student’s convenience, and to allow parents to hear the instruction, also.

    Since we don’t allow people into our schools any longer or find schedules simply do not fit, conducting a video interview with an expert on the topic being covered in class then played in class, allows the teacher to direct the questions being asked, and then making that information available for access online. Toss in video to go with the audio and this tool becomes even more useful when such interviews take place where the expert works and can display artifacts or models to assist with the learning.

    As a musician, I’ve tinkered with recording technology in the past, but Movie Maker and Audacity are light years ahead of the software typically used in the recording industry which requires a ton of patience when wading through the user guides which resemble a major metropolitan phone book. The writers of these pieces of software enable people who have little or no experience with similar products to be up and running quickly.

    Students can create presentations and products for calls like the weather broadcasts I recently observed in a 7th grade science class, or a video presentation version of academic poster sessions or presentations. The applications for these tools is fairly endless.