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Use Screencastify to Create Audio Clips

With the rollout of add audio to Slides finally on the move again, it is time to start thinking about how you are going to create the audio clips you need to make your Slides sparkle. Well, maybe not sparkle, but definitely be a resource for teaching and learning!

If you are a premium Screencastify customer, you might have missed their quiet roll-out of the export audio feature. With this feature, you can pull just the audio from any of your Screencastify videos.  The audio will export as an MP3 file, which is exactly what you need to take that audio clip on the road! You can use the audio file just about everywhere, but especially as an audio file on your Google slide! 

To make the most awesome teaching and learning Slides ever, all you have to do is record your video, export the audio, and add it to Slides with the Insert > audio feature. Imagine the possibilities!

  • Oral directions
  • Read aloud text
  • Phonetic practice
  • Language acquisition activities
  • Hint/cheat codes
  • Explainer notes
  • Student read alouds

Goodness, there are so many amazing things that you can do with audio in Slides as long as you know how to create that ever important audio file.

Creating that MP3 file is very easy. Just open Screencastify as you normally would and record your video. It doesn’t matter if you record using the webcam, desktop or tab view because all that matters is the sound of your voice. Once you have finished your recording and the preview/share screen for your video pops up, simply click the downward pointing arrow and select Export audio.

Export Audio

Since Screencastify automatically saves the audio clip to your Google Drive, you can now insert that clip right into Slides once the Insert > audio has hit your domain!

Happy recording!

Author:

I am a Google Certified Trainer, blended learning coach, and all around awesome person! I have been an educator for over twenty years, serving in every capacity from classroom teacher to media specialist to digital learning specialist. Currently, you can find me serving as a technology integration specialist for the Lebanon City School District in Ohio.

3 thoughts on “Use Screencastify to Create Audio Clips

  1. HI there, I have followed all the instructions here to add audio to my slides, but the students are being denied access whenever they try to listen! Help! Is there something I’m missing? I’m using Google classroom. Thx so much.

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    1. There is a step you have missed! Just like everything else in Google, you need to make the audio links shareable/viewable like you would a slide or doc. The way I manage this is I created a folder in my Drive where I put all of my audio files. I changed the share settings on my folder to “anyone with the link can view.” That way, anything that is placed inside that folder natively has those share settings, which allows my students to hear my audio clips without having to request access. Here is a video to show you how to do this. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1c9BePpKoXSMzfY0C-iDLxKW-ByHyEvAV/view

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