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Podcasting/Audio Editing

Making Online Radio Shows: Gcast
Making Audio Stories/CDs (Without Being Online): Audacity


For Use With:
Sharing student audio creations like oral histories or youth radio over the Internet.

Work WITHOUT Gcast: It's complicated to share audio creations with others.

What is Gcast?
Gcast is a free online webpage that hosts student audio creations so that they can be listened to online and downloaded to iTunes.

Quick Tip (Detailed Instructions and Tutorial Videos Coming Soon):
Premade files must be in mp3 format to be uploaded. Students can also directly record their audio over their phone by calling the Gcast phone number, no recording equipment needed.

Video Introduction:

Video Tutorial: not yet posted

Gcast Sample Image:



For Use With:
Recording and editing audio.

Work WITHOUT Audacity: It would be expensive to edit audio digitally or editing would be done through traditional tape recorders.

What is Audacity?
Audacity is a free digital audio recorder and editor. It is software, so it has to be downloaded and installed. You can record audio through any microphone you plug in to your computer or through loading pre-made audio files like mp3 and wav files. The finished audio can then be podcasted (through Gcast) or burned on CD (through Apple iTunes or Windows Media Player). 

Quick Tip (Detailed Instructions and Tutorial Videos Coming Soon):
Audacity is great free software, but it only saves files as wav files. Wav files are larger and can't be podcasted through Gcast, though wav files can be burned to CD. Audacity has a free optional plug-in software called LAME that lets you save in the smaller mp3 format. The instructions adding a plug-in is that the plug-in file must be kept in a single place on your computer. It can be any place. Then when you ask Audacity to save to mp3, it will ask you to tell it where the plug-in file is kept. If you don't move the plug-in file, it won't ask you for it ever again.

Link to the PC version can be found at our site:
Link to MAC verions can be downloaded through the Audacity site:
Link to more info about the plug-in:

Video Introduction: not yet posted

Video Tutorial: not yet posted

Audacity Sample Image:



LibriVox is a free site where volunteers (like your students) can record chapters of books in the public domain and upload them to this site to be shared with anyone who because of disability or preference wishes to hear the book. Students can also be users, and hear books that have been uploaded by other users. This is great for English language learners. Find books in the public domain at:

Contact Chris Chiang at: govandlaw@gmail dot com
(sorry no technical support questions please)