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Technology Teaching Tools

Technology Teaching Tools are short, online, asynchronous modules highlighting a technology teaching tool along with relevant pedagogical implementation strategies. Some of the CIRT Technology Tools discussed below rely on freeware downloads. Prior to utilizing these technologies, you are encouraged to understand the potential risks associated with freeware; see the article "Why Free Software Downloads Aren't Always Safe" for an overview of key considerations.


  • Audacity is a free, easy-to-use and multilingual audio editor and recorder for Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux and other operating systems. You can use Audacity to:

    • Record live audio.
    • Convert tapes and records into digital recordings or CDs.
    • Edit Ogg Vorbis, MP3, WAV or AIFF sound files.
    • Cut, copy, splice or mix sounds together.
    • Change the speed or pitch of a recording.

Pedagogical Ideas

In the classroom, Audacity can be used in a variety of ways. Some ideas include the following:

  • Rock Out! - Students form a band and produce a recording of their music.
  • Audio Scrapbook - Record classroom-delivered oral presentations and create an audio scrap book of all of the presentations. Play then during open house or meet the teacher events. This is also a great way to manage oral presentations in online environments.
  • Radio Show - Group students into pairs or threes. Each group of students creates a 3-minute radio show. Play the radio shows for the class. If possible, broadcast shows on the school radio station or over the public address system for everyone to enjoy.

How do you utilize this technology in your classroom?

Please share your thoughts, ideas and suggestions for utilizing this technology to foster effective teaching and learning.

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