Lots of great resources being shared at the Michigan Music Conference this weekend. Here are a few of my favorites.
- Makey-Makey. Michael Medvinsky (@mwmedvinsky) led a great session on this tool. It’s essentially a circuit board that maps to your keyboard, allowing you to trigger keys with anything that’s conductive. Using a Makey-Makey and MIT’s Scratch software, we built instruments out of bananas, play-doh, artwork, and humans. See the video from the workshop here.
- Music On Glass. Presented by Barton Polot. Over the course of an hour, participants learned just how easy it is to create music on tablets and mobile devices.
- Tunecore was mentioned by Michael Medvinsky as a great way to get you and your students’ music out to a wider audience. His classes take what they make from iTunes and use it to help support struggling music programs, which is awesome.
- If This, Then That. Set up “recipes” to automate parts of your online life. Favorited a tweet but you’d like to file it away for later? IFTTT can send it to your Evernote account. When I hit “publish” on this blog post, IFTTT will send out a tweet for me.
- Functional Technology. Here’s a link to a Google Doc we’re cultivating, to share technology resources with teachers.
This is just a short list of some of the resources shared this weekend; it’s just barely scratching the surface. If you’re a Michigan (or anywhere in the Midwest, really) based educator, I’d really encourage you to get to the conference one of these years for an inspiring weekend.
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