Lesson 1: Installing Audacity
Audacity is free, open source software that can record and edit sounds. Audacity allows you to record live audio, convert tapes into digital recordings, and edit sound files. For the purposes of this course we have saved the Lame Encoder in Sessions > Resources folder in ANGEL. For instructions on how to access this file outside of ANGEL after the course is over please be sure to read the side box next to Activity 2.
To access the Lame Encoder outside of Angel visit http://audacity.sourceforge.
and click on Lame MP3 encoder under Optional Downloads.
Follow the instructions on the Audacity website.
Lesson 2: Using Audacity to Record Sound
Audacity allows you to record and edit sound.You will need a microphone (either internal or external) to record your voice. For better sound quality it is best to use an external microphone. In this lesson you will learn how to record your voice using Audacity. Audacity can cut, copy, splice, and mix sounds together. Due to the copyright laws it is not acceptable to use audio files you obtain from audio CD's or music downloads. There are royalty free music sites such as Jamendo where you can obtain music to be used in your podcast. For your assignment in this class you will only need to create a voice recording for your podcast.
Lesson 3: Posting an MP3 File to your Blog
Basically there are two ways to post your MP3 file to your blog depending on the size of your file. There is a 25 MB storage limit on Edublogs. If your file size is smaller than 25 MB, you can upload it in Edublogs and insert a link. The file will be stored on Edublogs server. Activity 1 shows you how to do it. If your file is larger than 25 MB, you need to upload your MP3 file to a remote server first. Posting an MP3 file is the same as posting a webpage or document to your AFS space. Activities 2 and 3 will show you how to upload a file to your AFS space and insert a link to the file in Edublogs. Be sure to complete the FTP tutorial before you go through this lesson.
If your MP3 file won't transfer, make sure the file is closed.
Podcasting can be used in multiple ways. You can record your lesson and post it on your blog so that students can listen to it after school. You can also use it as an oral presentation tool. For more tips please check out the following clip.