Audio Tips, Tricks and Tools

These days teachers can produce, use, share, and host audio in various ways. Let's take a look at some tools teachers can use to add audio content to their lessons or materials.

Audio Recorders

Olympus LS-14

This audio recorder lets users capture conversation and audio content and then store it on the devices harddrive. It is very easy to use and offers lots of memory to store files locally. Teachers can use Olympus LS-14 to record classes, student interviews, or sample conversations as well.

Voice Actors


One of the easiest ways to find speakers (native and non-native) is to post messages on Facebook group pages recruiting speakers. Simply post a message to a support group for a local area or specified group and request people to record audio. These recordings can be done locally or remotely.


This site is a job placement board that contains many voice actors from around the word. Content creators can post job offers and solicit work from people in almost any language.

Audio Editors


The most poplular audio editing software is Audacity which gives content creators the power to record, edit, and export audio in digital formats. This is a great tool for making a variety of audio content. It is very easy to use and free! Watch a Tutorial>>

Free Audio Editor

This free tool for PC users lets them record, edit and export audio, but only in .wav format for the free version.

Audio Hosting


Similar to Youtube, content creators can host, share and display audio content. With Soundcloud, content creators can embed their audio on webpages or share it via social media. Watch a tutorial>>

Google Drive

Google Drive is a great way to host and share audio for free. You can link to audio in a folder or directly to a file. You can also let listeners download files to their comptuers ... for free! See a tutorial here >>

Link Paper with Digital Content


Teachers can create QR codes that links paper content to digital content online. QR codes are a great way to add audio, video or interaction to printed content. See a tutorial here >>

Online Audio and Video Recorders


Teachers with an account can create a landing page to record messages or embed a recorder on their site. Viewers can then record a messages directly from their computer of phone. This is great for teachers wanting voice recordings from people far away. Teachers can share the recording landing page via email or social media and gather many messages in a short period of time. See a tutorial here >>


With flipgrid, speakers can leave short videos message using their smart phone. Inviting people and recording messages is very easy to do. participants just need to download the Flipgrid app and enter an access code. Once that is done, they can record a message that is then hosted in the teachers folder. Teachers can then download the video. Super fun, easy and effective!


With Zoom, teachers can record an video conference call. This app is a great tool for doing interviews with people in remote locations. This format is often used with podcasts that share their content on Youtube.


Teachers can also use this teleconferencing app to record conversations or meetings online. Similar to Zoom, teachers can post the conversations online in video format.

Online Video Authoring Tools


Teachers can upload audio and images and then create a slide show or a video version of the audio. The creator then can host the content on a video publishing platform like Youtube or Vimeo.


Teachers can create snazzy animations with this cool tool. Teachers just need to upload the audio and then select the characters and location for their clip. This SaaS makes it easy to create actions and lip-syncing.


The P.U.S.H. Project

All the lessons on the site are part of the P.U.S.H Project which helps teachers push their lessons online. P.U.S.H. stands for Produce, Use, Share, Host. The PUSH projects helps teachers produce their lessons, use them online, share them with others and host them to retain ownership and control of their content.

The P.U.S.H. project also pushes teachers to be more practactive in the content delivery. Rather than waiting for students to access lessons, teachers can send lessons to learners instead.

About the Creator

Hello, my name is Todd Beuckens and I am an ESL teacher based in Japan. I have taught English overseas for over twenty years and began publishing e-learning website in 2003.