mauilibrarian2 in Olinda: 5 Must-Try Creativity Apps, courtesy of Nick Cusumano (edtech4theatre)

Yes, I follow Maui librarian and not just because I have location envy – she always offers up some great resources and ideas. The holidays seem like perfect time to try out some of these out!


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A Powerful Way To Use Music (And iPads) In The Classroom – Edudemic

Wow- what a cool project. Just a little inspiration for your penultimate day of work!

A few years back (Wow! We can’t believe Edudemic has even been around that long!) we wrote about an awesome video that was recorded by a classroom of students and their iPads. The song was such a huge success that it went up for sale on iTunes! Considering that when I was a kid, music …


10 iOS Apps That Make Your Pictures Talk

The possibilities are endless- take the photo essay to a new level by recording a script over it. Have your students go to local landmarks, take photos and record their reactions. Have your students use this for explainer videos. What else?

The apps in this article are all free and should work on the iPad though they look like they are made for phones. Just remember when on the app store to change the “iPad only” tab to “iPhone only”.

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Almost everyone shoots photos and video. But how many people shoot multimedia? More than you might think. Multimedia apps — a hybrid that blends still ima

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Répertoire des usages pédagogiques pour iPad – Documentation — RIRE

I found this article below via a tweet yesterday. They have grouped the apps by subject- though many of them we already know, there were a few intriguing apps I had not heard of in every discipline. What makes this list even better is that it is created by Quebecers for Quebecers and with our school curriculum in mind.

Check it out and let me know what you think!

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Le Réseau d’information pour la réussite éducative (RIRE) diffuse de l’information susceptible de répondre aux besoins des acteurs de la réussite éducative.

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SmartMusic App Now Available!

This year our Music teacher began using Smartmusic with her Grade seven beginning students. Though she was very happy with the program, the major problem was that it did not work on the iPad for the students.  And this year’s Grade seven class was our first class to require an iPad.

You can see the problem here can’t you?

Well the lovely people at smartmusic have chipped away at this problem and finally made a smartmusic app. As I am no musician by any stretch of the imagination, I am going to leave you with a review of the app from Technology in music education:

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Here is a quote from the article:

This first version of SmartMusic for the iPad is intentionally incomplete. The company wanted to get a version out the door this spring and they will be adding functionality to the program in the next months. At the current time, if you have a SmartMusic subscription and use the iPad app, you will have access to all of the modern literature (exercises/songs that show printed music on screen), but not the legacy literature (songs that were accompaniment only). Just as on a computer, the SmartMusic app will listen to you as you play and sing, giving you immediate feedback on your performance (a score and visual representation of how you played in green and red notes) and allow you to hear how you played. You can also change the tempo and practice a certain area of your music. The iPad app also tracks the scores of your best three performance (this is more important that it seems…please see my next article on the use of the iPad app in choir to understand why).


rAPPido Review: Sound Uncovered

Attention all science and music teachers (and other scientifically curious individuals: You have to check Sound Uncovered out!

Price: free

Screen Shot 2013-02-25 at 9.19.06 AMI was scanning the email from the itunes app store to see if there was anything new and interesting and I cam across this app created by the San Francisco Exploratorium (and if winter is not enough to make you want to go to the west coast right now, this interactive museum of science and art would be enough to get you to browse airline tickets).

I learned two new things in the couple of minutes I spent browsing and playing around with their well-designed activities.

Here are a few screenshots:



So I spent a couple of minutes pressing each key and marvelling how the notes seemed to keep on rising. Here is the explanation:



Here is the Table of Contents:



Easy- to use, uncluttered interface, accessible explanations and fun interactive exercises, this is an amazing app with a lot of potential for some fun in-class exercises!