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Introduction & Sample Files
Audio File Formats
Connect a Microphone
Select a Sound Recorder
Getting Ready to Record
Record and Save an Audio Segment
Reduce the Audio File Size
Publish the Audio File

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Dr. Richard L. Bowman
Academic Computing, Bridgewater College, Bridgewater, VA, USA 22812

I. Introduction

While Apple's iPod and iTunes (the software handling the uploading of files to an iPod) have spurred a major upswing of interest in retrieving audio file from the Internet, professors might consider creating and using audio files simply as a means to giving students another method of learning content whether they have a iPod or not. The files described below can be listened to directly from a web page using either QuickTime Player or Windows Media Player, or they may be downloaded and then uploaded to an iPod or other mp3 player.

Note: What is described in this tutorial is how to record audio files, do some minor editing, and post them to the web. iPod users may then download these files and use iTunes to upload them to their iPods as "music" files. Owners of other brands of mp3 players may follow the directions for their devices. (Setting up an RSS feed for students to subscribe to these audio files in a topic beyond the scope of this tutorial and is not necessary for the effective use of audio files for class purposes.)

II. Look at a Sample Presentation

This sample audio file is of me explaining the physics behind flywheels [257 KB]. (There is also an associated video [843 KB].

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