Audio Essentials: Basics of Recording

Before you can make the next hit podcast with your students, you’ll need to know the basics of how to record high-quality audio. Get tips and tricks for storytelling with sound, and the lowdown on audio equipment and script-writing.

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  • Practice activities to do on your own
  • Examples from other educators
  • Free online tools recommendations
Understand the basics of how to use sound to tell a story   Learn pro tips for recording the best quality sound
Explore what makes sound so compelling for storytelling and how to use sound effectively in an audio project.   Get tips from the pros on how to capture high-quality audio and what recording pitfalls to avoid.
Explore audio equipment options   Record your own ambient sound and voiceover narration
Understand what tools and equipment are available for you to use to capture sound.​​​​​​   Practice recording sounds from your environment as well as voiceover narration for an audio project.
  • Intro to Audio Production
  • Storytelling with Sound
  • Practice: How do Sounds Help Tell the Story?
  • Choosing Your Equipment
  • Practice: Record Ambient Sound
  • The Audio Script
  • Voicing Your Script
  • Getting Good Quality Sound
  • Practice: Record a Voiceover Narration
  • Next Steps
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This course can help you develop the skills needed to earn the Making Media for Classroom Use: Audio and Video micro-credential. Earning eight micro-credentials qualifies you to become a PBS Certified Media Literacy Educator. Learn more

What is KQED Teach?

We offer a collection of free, hands-on professional learning opportunities focused on digital media. Educators can build skills in video and audio production, data visualization and media analysis to support all curriculum areas. These skills allow educators to facilitate learning environments where their students can create digital content, develop their communication and technology skills and engage in deeper learning that encourages critical thinking.

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