Technology for Teaching


The use of audio in education has traditionally been used to reproduce traditional methods of teaching, such as a podcast. However, audio can be used not only to convey “knowledge”, but also to provide feedback, record “stories”, evaluate communications among others.

Be aware that  audio may not accessible by individuals with hearing impairments and thus should ideally be accompanied by a transcript.

Canvas Media Tool*

Canvas, Geisel’s Learning Management System, affords all users with the opportunity to record audio using the media comment tool available from within the Rich Text Editor. This tool can be used to add audio to course pages, discussions, assignment feedback and even quizzes.


Panopto is an easy to use screen capture tool available to Geisel faculty. This tool allows users to capture a screen recording as well as the audio for that recording. This recording can be edited once it publishes to the server. The audo and the video can be provided to the users as separate files for download.

Voice Recorder Pro

Voice Record Pro is a an iPad app that allows users to record voice memos of unlimited length. These voice memos can be saved as .mp3 files and shared through a variety of mechanisms.


Audacity is a free, easy-to-use, multi-track audio editor and recorder that works on both the Windows and Mac operating systems.

Audacity files can be exported as MP3 files with the optional LAME encoder library.

Note: The application was recently flagged as malware and is no longer recommended for security reasons.


The following are a list of references about the use of audio in teaching and learning.

*Commonly used tool at the Geisel School of Medicine