Audacity (Podcasts)

Audacity is an open source software program that is used to record and edit digital audio files. After editing, you can save the audio file as an mp3 file to upload to the internet, burn to disc, or play on most audio devices.


  1. Record audio from one or more inputs
  2. Edit the start time, stop time, and duration of any sound on the audio timeline
  3. Fade into, out of, or between clips
  4. Apply simple or advanced effects or filters
  5. Cut, copy, splice, or mix sounds together

Best Practices – Curriculum Connections

  • Fluency – Students can record their voices and listen to check their intonation and pronunciation.
  • Foreign Language – Teachers can record proper pronunciation of a foreign language so students can listen and practice.  Students can record and listen to see if they are using proper articulation.
  • Podcasting/Language Arts – Use Audacity to record a “show” to inform others about class news, current events, and areas of interest.  Students can persuade their peers to help others, make a difference, or try something new.  Podcasts can also entertain others with various stories, poems, and/or jokes.  Once the “show” is recorded, convert it to an mp3, and place the file on a website or burn a CD to share.
  • Other Ideas
      • reading poetry aloud to hear rhythm and rhyme
      • teaching skills with song
      • recording reader’s theater
      • storytelling
      • reading famous speeches or student created speeches
      • recording debates
      • publishing personal narratives
      • creating a class storybook
      • making sound recordings from the first person point of view (diary or journal style)
      • making audio books for younger readers
      • recording/listening to interviews
      • recording how-to instructions or directions
      • create songs with lyrics that match a curricular unit of study
      • making classroom news reports
      • rapping vocabulary
      • using an LCD projector to demonstrate the shape of sound waves
      • singing or playing instruments in Music class

Teacher InformationGetting Started

  •  Download Audacity and the Lame encoder (which will enable you to convert aud files to mp3 files) from the the Software Installation Center. Both are approved by Technology Services.
    • Download and install Audacity 2.02  first
    • Next, locate the Lame Encoder executable file, click on it to download and install Lame. Once installed it works in tandem with Audacity.


 Equipment Needed

  • Computer
  • Once Audacity and the Lame encoder is installed, you do not need an Internet connection.
  • Computer with microphone and speakers. It is better to use a headset with a built-in microphone to record a voice, but if that is not available, a built-in microphone can be used.

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