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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Introduction to Audacity, a web-based audio or podcasting tool for both the Judaic Studies blended learning classroom, and the mentoring and staff development of teachers

When mentoring our pre-service and in-service teachers we need to describe and model both research-based and clinically tested best practices, and demonstrate how these best practices can be applied in the real (i.e. physical) and virtual (online) classroom for both teaching and teacher training. The combination of face to face instruction in a physical setting and online learning is called blended learning. In this section of the blog we will describe how the internet can serve as a supplemental resource for instruction and the mentoring of pre-service and in-service Jewish educators. In this post we will begin our discussion on how  Audacity, a web-based audio or podcasting tool can be applied in the Judaic Studies blended learning classroom, and the mentoring and staff development of Judaic educators.
Assumption: The teacher or mentor teacher has a interactive white board (i.e. SMART Board, Promethean, etc.), a Tablet PC (also called a Slate or Blade), a computer presenter or computer with internet access attached to an LCD projector in the classroom. It would be ideal if students or mentees had access to their own laptop computers as well.
NoteIt is our hope that Jewish educators around the globe will form an online community of practice, a CoP, a group of people who share an interest, a craft, and/or a profession, to enhance the delivery of instruction and training of Jewish educators.
Note: Audacity can also be used in a face to face classroom without adding the online component.

What is Audacity?
According to the Audacity website, 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:
1. Record live audio.
2. Convert tapes and records into digital recordings or CDs.
3. Edit Ogg Vorbis, MP3, WAV or AIFF sound files.
4. Cut, copy, splice or mix sounds together.
5. Change the speed or pitch of a recording. And more! See the complete list of features.

Click here and see a YouTube elaborating on how Audacity can be used to make an audio or podcast.
Where is Audacity located on the internet?
 This is the web address of Audacity:

On the next post we will discuss applications of Audacity in the classroom.

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