App-vent Day 19 : Create tunes with Make Me Music
Dec19

App-vent Day 19 : Create tunes with Make Me Music

Make me Music is a fun musical app that lets children play and record their own tunes. Play a bread box or didgeridoo, make water glasses sing, or pluck a kalimba and make music! The app provides a  world where everything you tap becomes a musical instrument. Learn about melodies, rhythms, glissandos and more. The app features: 24 animated instruments including found objects like pots and pans, and unusual classical world instruments...

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App-vent Day 15 : Paint music with Singing Fingers
Dec15

App-vent Day 15 : Paint music with Singing Fingers

Singing Fingers is a free app that lets you fingerpaint with sound. Just touch the screen while you make a sound, and colorful paint appears. Touch the paint to play back the sound again! Painting is an odd sensation, as you need to be making a sound for any “ink” to appear. The louder the sound, the larger the blob of ink appears. You can paint your own musical instrument and play it, play with your voice, experiment with...

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App-vent Day 11 : Measure Sounds with Decibel 10th
Dec11

App-vent Day 11 : Measure Sounds with Decibel 10th

Decibel 10th turns your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch into a sound meter which uses the iPad microphone to measure the sound level all around you. It also shows a graph of the sound level over time. This can be used in class to measure how loud different sounds are. Take it around the school to measure the loudest and quietest places – or take it outside to measure noise pollution. For more ideas on apps to measure and make sounds, take...

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A Playable Digital Theremin Simulator for your Whiteboard.
Feb20

A Playable Digital Theremin Simulator for your Whiteboard.

A quick post for half term.  This Theremin simulator provides an on-screen version of the staple musical instrument of 50s sci fi movies. A theremin, for those who don’t know, is an early type of electronic instrument. It’s played by waving your hands around a pair of antennae, and is the only instrument that can be played from a distance without touching it. Using it you can create noises that sound like they came from early...

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iOS Apps for Science Teachers : Teaching about Sound
Jan15

iOS Apps for Science Teachers : Teaching about Sound

Teaching about sound in the classroom used to involve lots of fiddly bits of kit such as Signal Generators and Decibel Meters that would cost a lot of money and only get wheeled out once a year. Thankfully if you have an iPhone or iPad you can replace quite a bit of that kit with a couple of handy apps which are either free or relatively inexpensive. Here’s a couple to get you started: Signal Generator : Audio Test Tone This is...

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Play Music with the Virtual Keyboard
Dec20

Play Music with the Virtual Keyboard

The virtual keyboard is a fun on-screen music keyboard that lets you play music on your computer. You can either tap the keys on your Interactive Whiteboard, use the mouse, or just press the keys on your computer keyboard (using the A to @ keys, and the row above). You can choose from several different musical instrument sounds from piano to organ to guitar and even steel drums. It’s fun, and even better, it’s free. Check...

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Essential Digital Resources for your IWB
Apr06

Essential Digital Resources for your IWB

One of the talks I gave at the Teacher2Teacher conference was on finding useful digital content to use on your Interactive Whiteboard. There’s more to the Internet than YouTube and Google Image search! Although this presentation was delivered mainly to Smartboard users, and the original presentation produced in Smart Notebook format, the information is very useful to any IWB users. Or even teachers who have a projector and no...

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Incredibox
Jan31

Incredibox

Here’s a fun little website for a Sunday morning. Incredibox allows you to create music using what is best described as a virtual human beatbox. You have to really try it to get the idea. Very simple to use, just drag the different sound icons onto each person to play each loop. Easy to use on an Interactive Whiteboard. Thanks to Keisa Williams for sharing the link on Twitter....

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Digital Oscilloscope from Aartpack
Sep23

Digital Oscilloscope from Aartpack

Here‘s a nice simple resource that could be used to teach Sound and Waves in Science. There are several sites that show oscilloscope traces when looking at sounds, and this is another one. It’s produced by Aartpack, and they call it a Digital Theramin – named after the staple musical instrument of 50s sci fi movies (wikipedia info) What I like about this one is its simplicity. Plus it would work well on an...

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