One challenge of developing media-rich classroom projects is helping students find appropriate sound and music files that they can use as they complete assignments. Copyright issues and inappropriate songs cause many websites offering audio downloads to be blocked by our content filter. These sites provide royalty free music, sound effect clips and editing tools that students can use in classroom presentations, podcasts, and video projects.
- SoundBible.com – offers thousands of free sound effects, sound clips, and straight up sounds. They have background sounds (classroom ambiance), animal sounds (cows), and sound effects (bells). Preview the sounds on the website and then download the ones you want to add to your projects.
- dig.ccmixter – helps you find great music which is licensed under a Creative Commons license so you already have permission to use this music in your video, podcast, school project, personal music player, or where ever.
- Free Sound Project – a huge collaborative database of audio snippets, samples, recordings, bleeps, … released under the Creative Commons Sampling Plus License
- Myna Audio Editor – lets you remix music tracks and audio clips, apply sound effects and record your own voice or instruments
- IT Services Podcasting resources – background info on podcasts, instructions for using Audacity and links to other podcasting resources
These resources and tools can make podcasting and other multimedia projects easy to use in your classroom.