Atomic Learning Review: Tech Integration Projects

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Like many of you, I spend my summers revamping my lessons so that I am ready for the upcoming school year. This is especially true when it comes to teaching technology -- what was fresh and cool one year becomes outdated and un-cool the next. So I woke up this morning wanting to update my Audacity training (Audacity if a voice recording program), but after an hour of racking my brain for ideas on how my make a cool Audacity project it dawned on  me to check to see what Atomic Learning (AL) had.

You see, I knew that Atomic Learning would have tutorials on how to use Audacity, but what I really wanted was a project. So I logged into AL and I noticed that one of the search criterias was for "projects," so I clicked search and sure enough there was a project for Audacity called "What does Sound Look Like."

I looked it over and it was perfect, just what I was looking for. Here is what the project description says:

We'll begin by importing audio into Audacity. We'll explore the audio waveform and identify drum beats and instrument attacks in the amplitude, as well as take a quick look at the relationship between frequency and pitch. Then, we'll cut silence out of the song, fade it out, and crossfade it with another song. Finally, we'll find a 4-measure loop, remove it from the song, and save the new song as a WAV file.

So I checked that off my list and moved on to my next summer project -- cleaning the garage! I wonder if they have a project for that?

- Brad Flickinger, Bethke Elementary School

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