An initial experiment with audio in your classroom can be as simple as having students record and share a getting-to-know-you story in the opening week of class. Small activities like recording stories could serve, for example, as a heuristic across multiple projects/units.
Here are two “Getting Started” guides available from Transom.org. While perhaps a bit dated, these can serve as initial low-bridge resources to recording a story, and a gateway to further audio work.
“The Basics” by Jay Allison
More tools, etc.
Audacity: A free audio editor and recorder.
Transom: A vast resource for public-radio style audio work. Includes how-to resources, tool reviews, as well as an archive of audio pieces.
Youth Radio: A media education and advocacy organization.
“Podcast/Paper: Having Students Do the Same Assignment in 2 Media”: From UT-Austin’s Digital Writing and Research Lab.
“Oral History Group Podcasting Assignment”: From UT-Austin’s Digital Writing and Research Lab.
For a working list of readings on using audio in the classroom go HERE.