Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing with Audacity

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Using the audio editor Audacity in the ELL classroom

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Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing with… Audacity:

Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing with… A u d a c i t y Charles Lauth Vestal Central Schools / SUNY Cortland

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Today’s Presentation:

Today’s Presentation The Launch (basic information about A u d a c i t y and how and why I started using it ) The Invasion (using A u d a c i t y as a means to promote Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing skills) The Aftermath (student/teacher opinions on the use of A u d a c i t y and possible future projects)

The Launch What is Audacity?:

The Launch What is A u d a c i t y ?

Audacity in African Road Elementary School:

A u d a c i t y in African Road Elementary School

What did students learn?:

What did students learn? rhythm rhyme syllabification

What did students really learn?:

What did students really learn? teamwork friendship responsibility caring

Audacity in Vestal Middle School:

A u d a c i t y in Vestal Middle School

How did students create their own version of War of the Worlds?:

How did students create their own version of War of the Worlds? by Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing with… A u d a c i t y

The Invasion:

The Invasion

Students…:

Students… worked in small groups (round table style) were each given a sheet of paper with a different story/dialogue prompt added one line of dialogue to a sheet at a time passed the paper onto the next person

What were the desired Reading and Writing outcomes?:

What were the desired Reading and Writing outcomes? students would write independently yet collaboratively students would constantly read over their own writing and the writing of their classmates students would suggest revisions and edit their own writing when needed based upon the strength of the story and dialogue, students would make an informed decision on which play to choose for their radio play

After choosing the play they wanted to perform and revising as needed, students were…:

After choosing the play they wanted to perform and revising as needed, students were … introduced to A u d a c i t y taught the basic sound-recording and editing features allowed to practice using the program

How quickly did students learn to use the program?:

Is it summer vacation yet? Faster than a teacher can say, How quickly did students learn to use the program?

What were the desired Listening and Speaking outcomes?:

What were the desired Listening and Speaking outcomes? students would read their own writing (page to palate) students would become very attuned to how they and others sound (“Can I do that line again?) students would engage in collaborative pronunciation feedback advanced learners would help beginners with reading and pronunciation students would constantly communicate throughout the activity (statements, questions, following and giving directions, social interaction…) students would engage in improvisation (go off script) speaking practice in a safe place

So, do you want to hear War of the VMS?:

So, do you want to hear War of the VMS ?

And now…:

And now… “War of the VMS” I apologize in advance for some of the potty humor. They are, after all, in middle school.

As they were recording, students...:

As they were recording, students... used sound effects from http://www.sound-effects-library.com/ If you search on the net, you will find lots of free mp3 and wav sound files for use in the classroom.

When they were done, students...:

When they were done, students... designed Cd packaging for their audio play burned copies onto discs shared their plays with other students and teachers

One sad note… Recording and re-recording takes time, and although the students were having fun listening to their mistakes and would have loved to save them, time constraints did not make that possible. :

One sad note… Recording and re-recording takes time, and although the students were having fun listening to their mistakes and would have loved to save them, time constraints did not make that possible.

The Aftermath:

The Aftermath

Students loved working with Audacity and creating something of their own from start to finish! They loved it so much they wanted to do similar activities. Students shared their plays with friends, family and other teachers. They were very proud of their efforts. That was fine with me, but there was some more learning to be had… :

Students loved working with Audacity and creating something of their own from start to finish ! They loved it so much they wanted to do similar activities. Students shared their plays with friends, family and other teachers. They were very proud of their efforts. That was fine with me, but there was some more learning to be had…

Audio-Play Narrative:

Audio-Play Narrative

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We adapted one of the books we read in class, Biker City (Stone Arch Books), into an audio-play. Knowing that we were going to turn the book into a radio-play was extremely motivational .

What’s in the future?:

What’s in the future? podcasting audio plays creating and editing a digital movie based upon plays Using A u d a c i t y for other purposes

Share your ideas! What are some ways that you could use Audacity in your classroom?:

Share your ideas! What are some ways that you could use A u d a c i t y in your classroom?

Thank you for coming! If you have any further questions, please feel free to email me at LiL12toes@aol.com :

Thank you for coming! If you have any further questions, please feel free to email me at LiL12toes@aol.com

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