Web Tools for Music Ed

  • www.animoto.com Animoto is a videomaking website that is fast, easy, and free. Members can create seamless videos by uploading pictures, videos, and sound and inserting text. Videos with a regular account are limited to 30 seconds. Accounts can be updated for a membership fee. There is an option for educators to apply for a free Animoto Plus account, which would allow full-length, downloadable videos.

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  • www.classdojo.com ClassDoJo is a tool that makes behavior management efficient for teachers and fun for kids. A teacher sets up all of his/her classes and all students get their own avatars. Then the teacher sets up specific behaviors he/she wants to track for that class. (At this point in time, behaviors need to be manually set for each class– no option to copy behaviors from class to class.) When a behavior expectation is met or broken, the teacher can record it with just a few clicks on the class page. All behavior reports are recorded. Student report cards are generated automatically in a x% positive/y% negative format. Teachers can even add comments and email the reports to parents. In addition, the site provides means of keeping attendance records and even choosing random students from a class for answering questions or completing tasks. Compatible on smartphones, iPods, and iPads, too!

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  • www.diigo.com Diigo offers a plethora of organizational tools and strategies to keep one’s Internet experience simple and efficient. Diigo can be used as a hub for bookmarks that can be reached from any computer. Its tool called Diigolet offers tools for highlighting and note-taking on text on websites. With a Diigo in Education account, Diigo can also be used as a scaffolded research tool. Anyone with a school email address can create a Diigo in Education account, which opens up many doors for online research in the classroom. In order to be used to its full potential, Diigo users should find other Diigo users to follow.

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  • DropBox Logowww.dropbox.com DropBox is a web-based cloud used to back up and synchronize computer files.Files can be saved to an individual’s DropBox and then accessed from any computer or device when logged in. It is a great tool for people who do work on multiple computers or devices. Beginning accounts are limited to 2.5 GB of free space but can be upgraded with a paid membership or by doing things like referring members or taking a site tour.

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  • Google Earth Logowww.earth.google.com Google Earth is a virtual globe that offers street map and satellite views of locations all over the world. This can be used to enhance music lessons in music history or multi-cultural music by giving students a visual of where different types of music come from, where those places are in relation to the location of their school, and even the geography of the area. The program requires a download, so some teachers may need to get administration rights to use it in the classroom.

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  • JoyTunes Logowww.joytunes.com JoyTunes offers free arcade-style games where your instrument is your controller! Play the notes requested on your recorder into a microphone to control a character in “Recorder Master.” Plug in your keyboard or use an on-screen keyboard to control your character in “Piano Dust Buster.” “Recorder Master” cannot be easily used as an independent activity in class because the microphone would not be able to pick up the sound of just one recorder with many playing in the room, but it is a great way to get students to practice at home!

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  • MusicTechTeacher Logowww.musictechteacher.com In the “Quizzes/Games” section of this website, you can find a wide assortment of assessments, activities, and games to reinforce virtually all aspects of music education. There are interactive fast-paced games that kids love and straight-forward quizzes that would need to be presented creatively to hold students’ attention.

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  • Noteflight Logowww.noteflight.com An incredibly affordable way to incorporate composition into the music classroom. Noteflight offers many different types of memberships (including a free one) in order to notate music. This is a great tool for anything from demonstrations of rhythms and note names to letting students compose and create their own music. The free membership has constraints such as a limit on the number of compositions and certain notation expression and printing options that are not available.

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  • Quaver Logowww.quavermusic.com– Quaver’s Marvelous World of Music is an amazing music education program that combines an interactive website, DVDs, lesson and unit plans, and enthusiasm in order to get kids excited about music. Many features on the site are available with a free membership, such as musical arcade games and trips to current and historical music venues. A paid membership has even more benefits– including interactive whiteboard activities and a “Music Teacher’s Toolbox.” Internet access is required to access all of the web features.

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  • Qwiki Logo www.qwiki.com Qwiki is a “new media format that combines the appeal of video with the interactivity of the web.” To create a Qwiki, users can upload images, video and/or maps; add titles, captions, links, and photo credits; narrate each form of media; and set timing so the presentation flows seamlessly. Narrations can be uploaded, recorded, or played using text to speech. There is a limit of six types of media per Qwiki. Videos are played underneath the narration with links to actually view the video. The website is available as a creation or reference resource.

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  • www.tagxedo.com Tagxedo is a word cloud generator that can be used in the classroom as a summarization tool. When presenting information, students can use a word cloud created from key words of their choosing. They can then choose a shape, font, and color scheme for their word cloud. It is a free tool. Navigation is a little tricky because screens fade in and out, so the use of this tool needs to be clearly modeled before students are expected to create their first work.

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  • UJamwww.ujam.com UJam is a music-creation website for people with any level of music knowledge. A user records a melody, a poem, a rap, or anything with a beat and then chooses the style of music he/she would like to back it up. The originally recorded voice can also be converted to any time of music. Tempo, form, and chords can also be edited. A beginner’s account is limited to two recordings. More can be added by referring members and completing profile information. There is a maximum of 10 recordings per user.

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  • WallWisherwww.wallwisher.com WallWisher is a virtual notepad that teachers can title and use to organize notes from students. Students can be given access to the ‘wall’ and post short notes. Everybody can see each other’s notes and the teacher can respond to each note if desired. Users need to be registered and logged in in order to save walls. Once a note is posted, it cannot be changed or deleted.

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