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Strengths
  • All projects autosaved
  • Open source, free
  • Easy learning curve
  • Community support continually working to make improvements/repairs
  • Can be run on both Mac and PC
  • Has its own page with tutorials

Weaknesses
  • Program is not complete - you need to install some additional encoders (MP3), and plug ins separately

Opportunities
  • Record live audio
  • Convert tapes and records into digital recordings or CDs
  • Cut, copy or splice sounds together
  • Change the pitch or speed of a recording
  • Dub over existing tracks to create multi-track recordings

Threats
  • There are no perceived threats from this tool

Ideas for the Classroom
  • Audacity to create podcasts of book reviews, reports and poetry readings
  • Create sound stories for images using free sound effects websites
  • Create student presentations – can be combined with visuals such as Photo Story, or Slide Share
  • Create interviews for assignment

Resources/Links/Class Examples

Audacity Tutorial Wiki
Audacity Plug Ins and Libraries
How to Use Audacity Video
Audacity Tutorial for Podcasting Video
Installing Audacity Instructional Video
Audacity-Every Teacher Should Learn to Use Digital Audio
Audacity Slide Share Tutorial
Software for Learning http://softwareforlearning.tki.org.nz/Products/Audacity