How can I use audio recording software in my classroom?

  • Students record themselves reading and play it back to reflect on their fluency
  • Students record themselves reflecting on their work in any subject, to embed in their digital portfolios
  • Hand students a microphone during 'Show and tell' or 'Share Time' to more accurately assess their progression in Speaking & Listening
  • Record oral presentations to allow revisiting for assessment purposes (teacher assessment, peer-assessment or student self-assessment)
  • Create listening comprehension activities for students to use over the web or at a listening post (connected to your laptop or an mp3 player)
  • Record guest speakers who visit the classroom to provide a resource for future reference
  • Students create ‘Who/What am I?’ tracks, using information about topics they have learnt about (can disguise their voice using ‘Change Pitch’)
  • Use the 'Change Tempo' function to slow down a news piece which might be too fast for students to catch the meaning.
  • Allow students to present their understandings in the form of a song, and record their vocal track over the backing track
  • Remove vocals from songs to create karaoke versions, so that students’ own voices can be heard better in performances.
  • Slow down a song to practice initially, then speed it up once the class are comfortable with the lyrics.
  • Transfer old cassette tape recordings onto CDs, dividing them into individual tracks for convenience.
  • Create podcasts to share with others on the web

Where can I listen to some examples?

How can I get started?

You don't need a digital voice recorder to create digital audio.
Audacity is FREE software which allows you to:

  • Record audio tracks from your PC, using a microphone
  • Delete sections
  • Amplify or deamplify
  • Change tempo
  • Change pitch
  • Remove background noise
  • Remove vocals (on some tracks)

Download Audacity

Step-by-step tutorial

Video tutorials