What we found today: September 12th, 2012

by Chad Sansing

Havana Music Kids by ChrisGoldNY

Havana Music Kids by ChrisGoldNY

  • The Liederboard kickstarter project promises to build an online “musical scratchpad” that could one day be a cloud-based community of peer music review, like a GitHub for composers. I would love to have an accessible, free, web-based music writing program that shows kids the raw “code” of notes, time signatures, and keys under the samples, loops, and production-centric GUI of GarageBand. It would be fun to teach music theory like one of our barebones HTML “camps” and then invite kids to compose for texts, papers, and projects in other media.

  • Wiki-published RAFT-like “Immigrant Experience letters” from Meredith Stewart’s class. I like the RAFT. It’s an approach to composition, empathy, and characterization that doesn’t have to be done only through writing. I can imagine a young filmmaker RAFT-ing her way through several character beats and then mixing and matching them into dialogue in a script, or a young artist considering a subject across media and perspectives.

  • Paul Blogush (who worked at Old Sturbridge Village!) shares Staff Meeting Bingo. I think this would be a fantastic way for students to compose feedback about class, school, and texts. Think of it as a more playful Worlde through which students can poke honest fun at teacher habits, predilections, and biases (like jesters), or sum up their impressions of characters or authors’ styles. The description of class in a fun, low-risk way could then encourage teachers and students to revise class together. Chad Bingo would no doubt include gems like, “B: ‘stuff, stuff, and other things.'”

  • The Makeshop Show (via Melissa Techman). When I see sites like this, I think about a)students writing about their making (Which project did you pick? Why? What’s your plan? How will you start? How will you know when you have achieved your goals?) b)students making sites like this.

  • Making finds a way: Andrew Carle on “New Schedules, New Space” for his kids’ maker endeavors. There’s no perfect makerspace, just a perfect time to start making: now.