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

Use it to provide audio supplements to your online environment.

Audacity allows you to

  • record live audio.
  • record and edit a podcast.
  • 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.

Use it as a tool for students to create podcasts.

Listen to some student Podcasts from the University of Chicago Law School


It’s flexible. Audacity runs on Mac, Windows, and GNU/Linux. It can capture streaming audio can be used to dub over existing tracks to create multi-track recordings.

It’s relatively easy to use. The program provides easy editing with cut, copy, paste and delete commands.

It’s well-supported. Excellent support is available for JAWS, NVDA and other screen readers
on Windows, and for VoiceOver on Mac.


Finding desired functionality can be a challenge. The user interface is sometimes non-intuitive

For more, see reviews.

This website provides clear explanations on how to use Audacity

…and how to record a podcast with Audacity.

This video explains how to record a podcast video.


  1. Animoto
  2. Audacity
  3. Flickr
  4. iMovie
  5. Lectora
  6. PowerPoint
  7. Prezi
  8. Screencasting: Screencast-o-matic
  9. Screencasting: Debut
  10. Video Conferencing: Google hangouts
  11. Video Conferencing: Skype
  12. YouTube