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Sound Effects can be used in the classroom to inspire and stimulate writing activities and the following websites may help teachers to find suitable resources online for this purpose.

The BBC has recently made a huge archive of sounds freely available for educational use.”These 16,000 BBC Sound Effects are made available by the BBC. The Sound Effects are BBC copyright, but they may be used for personal, educational or research purposes, as detailed in the license.”(BBC)

This archive is a great resource and you can find lots of great sounds to incorporate into class lessons. I would take several sounds, especially from the comedy section  such as “Squeaky feet, door opening and closing”, “bubbles” “Milk Bottle smashing” etc and ask children to create a story based on at least two of the sounds they hear. It would be very interesting to read the different ideas that develop.


There are many more places where one can acquire free sounds see below:

Freesound – where you need to click on a word cloud to access a set of appropriate sounds.

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Sound Bible  “SoundBible.com has thousands of free sound effects for everyone. Browse our extensive sound library and pick and choose the sounds you want. Sounds are updated 3x a week or more, so be sure to bookmark this page (Ctrl+d).”(Sound Bible)

Children can also use sounds to enhance animations and cartoons, created using apps such as PowToon or Animoto etc. Sounds can also be added to PowerPoint presentations or IWB presentations to add interest.

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