Teacher Tech Training Workshop 1.2: Podcasts for Science Exploration
Today, we are looking at the affordances of recording and editing sound for science exploration. Sound can be a great way to engage young learners to identify the aural characteristics of an environment to advance their knowledge.
For this workshop, you are asked to design an “audio postcard” of a place of nature that is meaningful to you. The purpose of this assignment is to share a place you love with your students and to descriptively inform them of why this place is so special. These podcasts should include recorded narration of your voice that describes the place along with two to three effect sounds that can enhance the sense of place and time, perhaps. The structure of this piece can be interpretive. It can be poetic, expository, or even in the form of a letter — “Dear students, I am writing to you from….”
This project will combine audio that you will record into Audacity along with audio that you will find on the internet. A great way to find audio is through YouTube. There is a special way to download the audio version of the YouTube video. Here’s how…
Downloading sounds (MP3 files) from YouTube
To download sound files from YouTube, you must use Firefox and you will need to download the add-on from Mozilla. Do the following steps:
HOW TO USE AUDACITY
And here’s an educast video that explains how to download Audacity from the Internet as well overviews how to record audio, import audio files, create new tracks, and do basic editing and manipulation of the audio.
The flow chart for this process is as follows:
Before you begin your script, please take a few minutes to decide on the topic of your audio postcard. What place will you describe? And, what 2-3 effects will you include?