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Archive for December 11th, 2008

Recording sound on your IWB

Posted by rosiemacalpine on December 11, 2008

Recording sound for your IWB activities is an exciting way to make interactive presentations for your class. To do this, you will need:

  • A microphone
  • Speakers
  • Software to record sound (such as Activstudio)

First, the microphone. In my experience, you don’t need a particularly expensive one to get started. The most important thing is that it is near the board. If your computer is at the other side of the room then ask for an extension cord at your local electronic shop.

If your microphone isn’t working or is too quiet, go into the sound control settings and make sure that Microphone volume is turned up. Sometimes there is an advanced setting in this volume control. If so, check this. You may have the option of turning on Microphone Booster. This makes a HUGE difference to the volume.

I visited one school where they hung the microphone over the corner of the board so it would pick up any volume near the board. I prefer the handheld option myself (mostly because of the volume restrictions).

When you got your board, hopefully you had decent speakers installed –  not just the computer monitor speakers. (Although this is a great way to get a class to be very, very quiet when they watch a DVD!) If not, this might be a good time to see if you can get better speakers for your room.

And finally, you will need software to record sound. Activstudio includes a Sound Recorder (it’s in the Power Tools Toolbox). Click on this icon to record your sound. When you’ve finished, you have a icon on your page.  Click on it to hear the sound, or drag it into your Resource Library to save it for another time.

If you don’t have Activstudio or other whiteboard software that will let you record sound, there are some other options.

Audacity: This is a free, powerful audio recorder. I haven’t had much experience with it but I know it is very popular and widely used.I just can’t help wishing that it had a simpler, more attractive interface for teachers and students.


Vocaroo: This is even easier! Record your voice online, then share it via an email, website or download as a WAV. (Wouldn’t it be a lovely way for a child to send good news about test results, or a merit certificate to a working parent via email?)


Tomorrow’s post will have ten teaching ideas for using recorded audio in your teaching.


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