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What are the questions I should ask before recording?
You’ve selected your audio recording program, scripts have been written, and you are all set to go. First, you will want to think about how, when and where students will record. Answer these questions below developed by our pilot teachers.
- Where will I record?
- When will I record?
- What type of microphone will I use?
- Will it be the one built into my computer or will it be an actual physical microphone plugged into the computer?
- How and when will I (or my students) edit the podcast?
- How and when will students add in sound effects or oral history interviews to their podcasts?
- Do I need to reserve the computer lab or another classroom space?
- How familiar am I (or my students) with the recording technology?
What are some recording ideas?
After you have answered the above questions, check out some recording ideas from our pilot teachers.
- Find the ideal space for your students. Optimally you will want a quiet room.
- If possible, have students record during study hall or other free times.
- Quiet spaces could include: library, neighboring teacher's room (empty classroom), computer lab, closets
- For those with only one computer in their classroom – record groups one at a time. For example, have all students in group 1 record person by person, and then edit them all together.
- If possible read through the script with the student before recording.
- Have students practice and re-practice their scripts, reviewing hard names of people, places, and things.
- Once you determine the recording room, record the background noise. This way you can hear noise distractions students will face and determine how to fix them. For example, if you pick up an air conditioner, if possible, shut it down during recording or move your students away from the noise.
- Make sure students are the same distance away from the recording device.
- If possible use external microphones.
- Spend 1 day, if possible, learning the recording program. Have students feel comfortable recording, stopping, editing, etc before they go through it for real.
How and when should my students record their podcasts?
When students scripts have been approved, reserve time for students to record podcasts. Students should have rehearsed their script, and be prepared when their time is called. Have them practice with hard to pronounce names and words. Please refer to the museum’s podcast style guide for technical specifications. Some recording options would be the following:
- Record only voices and then edit in the music/sound effects later
- Record voices and music/sound effects in one take
Where can I find sound effects for my students podcasts?
Check out our library of WWII related sound effects. One can sample the .mp3 file in the player to the right. In order to download the .mp3, right click the link and click 'save target as'. Then, navigate to the folder which you want to save the file and click save.
- Insert audio players and mp3s from current pilot site
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