Incorporating Audio Recordings in Presentations: Lesson for Kids

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Instructor: Mary Beth Burns

Mary Beth has taught 1st, 4th and 5th grade and has a specialist degree in Educational Leadership. She is currently an assistant principal.

Do you want to add something a little different to your next presentation? Consider including sound recordings! Come and learn how audio recordings can help your presentation, the do's and don'ts of using them, as well as some technical directions in this lesson.

Why Use Audio Recordings?

Have you ever sat through a boring presentation? Let's be real, here. You probably don't want to be the person responsible for putting an audience to sleep, right? So, how about adding some audio recordings into your presentations to make them more interesting?

Audio or sound recordings can be a great thing to add to a presentation for a couple of reasons. For one, not all people learn the same way. If you include pictures or props (items) in your presentation, that will really help visual learners. But other people are auditory learners, meaning they learn best from sounds. Sound recordings will really help them stay engaged.

Another good thing about audio recordings is that they can help bring your ideas to life. For example, let's say that you're doing a presentation about the rainforest and you show your audience an image of the trees. How cool would it be if you added a clip of rainforest animal noises in the background? That would really help make the audience feel like they're in the rainforest themselves!

Types of Audio Recordings

Let's talk about a few different ways that you can use sound in your presentation.

First, we have adding background music, which is a great option. If it's at a good volume, it won't distract the audience too much from hearing your words. Let's say you're doing a presentation about the Harlem Renaissance. Adding some Louis Armstrong jazz music in the background would be a nice touch! You could also add music to simply set the mood.

Next, a screencast is a screen recording of something you do on your computer. Not only does it record what you're doing on the screen, but it also records your voice. This type of recording would come in handy if you're explaining how to do something technical to your audience. For example, if you're doing a presentation about how to upload a video to YouTube, you might consider doing a screencast in advance and adding it to your presentation. Not only does this give you a break from speaking, it also helps to eliminate any technical issues you would encounter that would slow the presentation down.

After that, we have voiceover. Keep in mind, you aren't always able to be there to give the presentation in person. Sometimes you should add a voiceover to the presentation so that it can continue without you being there! A voiceover is a recording of your voice that can be added to the presentation. You could also use voiceover to give your own commentary when showing a video clip.

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