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Podcasting with Audacity & Screen Capture with Jing!

Podcasting with Audacity (Voice Only Recording)!

To create a podcast, you can download a free software called Audacity and it’s sidekick the LAME encoder.

Download & Install Audacity – Be sure to choose the correct version for your computer:


Once installed, Audacity is simple to use. It works just like a voice recorder with record, stop and play buttons.

When you have completed your recording, you MUST click on “file” and “export” and then save it as an Mp3 file. If you do not save it as an Mp3 YOUR INSTRUCTOR/STUDENTS WILL NOT BE ABLE TO PLAY IT. Pay attention to where you save your Mp3 file.

The first time you attempt to save your file as an Mp3, you will get a prompt to install the LAME encoder.

Click DOWNLOAD, choose PC or Mac version and click the “go to download page” link.

Locate LAME

Scroll down a bit, find the version you need for pc or mac, DOWNLOAD and INSTALL it. This page can be confusing! Be sure you read and click the LAME DOWNLOAD, not one of the other links or buttons.


The LAME encoder, once installed on your computer, should automatically connect to Audacity and allow you to save your file as an Mp3. You may need to close and restart Audacity to get the LAME to connect.

Once your sound file is saved as an Mp3 you can upload this file to your class on PLATO , just like you would add a file such as a Word Doc, etc. We suggest you add it using the paperclip tool in the HTML editor.

If you have questions or trouble with this, please submit a help ticket with the PLATO Help Desk.

Screen Capture with Jing!

Using Jing for your class? Here are some helpful links and tutorials on how to capture what is on your screen and voice over it!

If you are using Jing in your course, here are some helpful links and tutorials that will help you with this great tool.

First, go to http://www.techsmith.com/download/jing/ and download Jing.

You will need to sign up for a Screencast account when you download the software. This is a place that you can store your jing captures.

View the “Take your first capture” video – http://www.techsmith.com/tutorial-jing-taking-your-first-capture.html

Then go to http://www.techsmith.com/learn/jing/ for more great tutorials on how to use this great tool.

It is important that you send your Jing files up to your Screencast account, and paste a web link into your course to preserve space in the PLATO system. You can always get back to your files on http://www.screencast.com/ with the Jing login you created when you signed up for Jing.

Please contact the CIT for help with this product.


Have fun!