Audio Essentials: Getting Started With Editing

Before you can make the next hit podcast with your students, you’ll need to know the basics of how to edit sound. Get an overview of the editing process and tips for making your audio sound as polished as possible. Practice using an audio editing program to create a finished project with music, ambient sound, and narration or interview.

course duration icon 6 Hours
course cost icon Free
course certificate icon Certificate of Course Completion
Understand why editing is important in creating a high-quality audio project   Explore audio editing programs
Reflect on the power of ambient sound, music, and quality editing to enhance an audio project.   Figure out which editing program will work with your teaching context.
Learn pro tips for how to edit your audio project   Edit your own audio projec
Get an overview of how to combine and edit audio files to create a compelling audio story.   Gain valuable experience in selecting and combining music, sound, and narration into one edited project.
  • Why is Editing so Important?
  • The Basic Editing Process
  • Practice: Adding Music & Sound Effects (Legally)
  • Pick Your Editing Program
  • Editing Step by Step
  • Top Editing Tips & Tricks
  • Make & Share: Your Edited Audio Project
  • Next Steps
Micro-credential Connection

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 digital storytelling, data visualization, and critical media use 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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