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Contents Tool Factory IT System Inserting Your Own Sounds and Narration
Grade: K-12
Required products: Tool Factory Word Processor V2
Instructions
Sounds can really spice up a project. You can gather them off the web, or record your own voice for narration. Both the Mac and Windows operating systems contain sound recorders. With a cheap little $10 microphone, you can easily narrate your projects and make your own sound effects. Open your sound recorder.

Win: The sound recorder is usually located in START>PROGRAMS>ACCESSORIES>ENTERTAINMENT>SOUND RECORDER
Mac: If you know where it is on the Mac, email the location to heather@toolfactory.com, and she will update this tutorial.

Click the “Record” button (red dot) and start talking. Click “Stop” and save your sound byte to a place on your computer where you can easily find it later, such as the “My Documents” folder.

Once you are in Tool Factory Workshop and building your project, you can get your sound clip. There is a “Sound” button on the toolbar.

INSERTING A SOUND FROM YOUR DRIVE
1) In the upper left of the toolbar is a left and right arrow. Click, click, click...the right arrow until you see the “Sound” icon (it looks just like the #4 bank button).
2) Click the "Sound" icon.
3) Browse your drive and locate your sound.
4) Click on the sound name.
5) Click "Open". The sound will typically appear in the upper left corner of your page.

*TIP* If you click the cursor onto the page before you insert a sound, it will insert wherever the cursor was laid down. If you hi-light a picture (double-click, red box) before inserting a sound, it will attach to the photograph. Then the selected image becomes a button which you can click to play the sound. This is great for adding animal sounds to pictures, or narration.
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