What are they and Why create them?

Audio files are files you listen to (audio!!). They are great because the developer can narrate and the listener then listens. Unfortunately, they don't work well with students who cannot hear. You should provide a text version on the audio file for them.

Another use for audio podcasts is in learning to write.
Technology Strengthens a Simple Writing Revision Strategy

In the Classroom: Live Oak Elementary School Students Produce Audio Podcasts

What Teens are Learning From ‘Serial’ and Other Podcasts

StoryCorps: Everyone around you has a story the world needs to hear. Dave Isay TED Talk, StoryCorp app


  1. Examine the samples I've made below to understand what podcasts and audio files are.
  2. Create a Podcasts and Audio Files page in your wiki.
  3. Optional: Find two articles or videos where teachers talk about how they use podcasting and/or audio files with their students.
    Summarize articles/videos (2-3 sentences) and hyperlink to article or video on your wiki page.
  4. Samples:
    1. Create a sample audio podcast and post on your wiki (include music and narration).
    2. Create another audio podcast (use AudioBoo or similar app, not audacity) and post on your wiki .
    3. Create a welcome podcast and post on your wiki homepage (include music and narration).
    4. Create a one minute lecture to accompany a unit/lesson you are creating. Post on your unit/lesson page (include music and narration).
    5. Tell the name of each app you used and any special notes about their use and/or posting them on your site.
  5. Reflection: Based on what you have discovered, on your wiki page tell how you and your students might use this tool to support learning.

Due Dec 15, 3 pm


Create an audio podcast using Audacity or other software (see 14 Free and Simple Digital Media Tools article by Sara Bernard)

Use Audacity to create a one minute lecture

Tutorial -- How to use Audacity in Swart Lab
New Spring 2014


Tutorial -- How to use FreePlayMusic

Audio Boo

Here's another type of podcast using AudioBoo.
Check out Audioboo for Education for classroom examples and tutorials (link at bottom of page).
The photo is just a photo I added to the page to accompany the audio podcast.

Cat"s Adventures (mp3)

Extra Resources
Top 10 Sites for Creating Digital Music
Information from: David Kapuler, media and technology specialist at Greendale (Wis.) School District. Read his blog at cyber-kap.blogspot.com.
  1. Myna - Far and away my favorite online music editor. This is very similar to Garageband and a nice alternative for those who do not have the Apple application.
  2. Soundation - Very easy to use, with a drag/drop interface for creating excellent-sounding music.
  3. Jam Studio - Fun site that lets users select a "key" to play in and a theme to match.
  4. Loop Labs - Nice time- line editor; learning curve is a bit higher than most sites.
  5. Your Spins - Great site for mixing prerecorded music and sharing with others.
  6. Indaba - Unique site where users can create collaborative music pieces to make one final product.
  7. Creating Music - Very user friendly website shows kids how to create digital music.
  8. Contrapunctus Variations - Wonderful site for creating orchestral music by selecting an instrument and clicking on a time line.
  9. iNudge - Fun site for kids, who can make music by drawing shapes.
  10. Glitchscape - Create sound by drawing vector shaped rectangles

Podcasting on Chromebooks -- what do you use?
  • I use Twisted Wave to do web-based audio editing/podcasting. It's incredible--downloads into many various file formats if you need to and works with Soundcloud if you have staff that use it. I do lots between Mac/Win and this has been the solution for us. It is free and integrates with Google Drive if you are a Google Apps District. It's also a Chrome App. I would highly recommend taking a look.
  • I haven’t tried it, But this looks like something that wouldn’t cost much and would be rather easy to setup: http://visualrecorder.denniehoopingarner.com/ It is billed as “Audacity in a web page.”
  • SoundCloud may be a good option. Can have a slight learning curve, but it is all online based. https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/soundcloud/ipebkipbeggmmkjjljenoblnfaenambp?hl=en



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