Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Perfect Pitch - A Game for Learning About Musical Instruments

Perfect Pitch is a nice little game produced by the Kennedy Center's Arts Edge. Perfect Pitch teaches students about the instruments in an orchestra through a baseball game setting. The game introduces students to four eras of orchestral music and the instruments used in each. Students can create their own small orchestras and virtually play each instrument to hear how it sounds. After building an orchestra students then test their knowledge in short quizzes about the instruments and their sounds.

Use Edcanvas to Organize and Share Educational Materials

Edcanvas is a free service that makes it easy for teachers to organize and share educational materials in a visually pleasing format. The "canvas" part of Edcanvas is where you arrange videos, links, images, and files around any topic of your choosing. Edcanvas has built-in search tools so that you do not have to leave your Edcanvas account in order to locate resources. Watch the thirty-eight second video below to see how easy it is to create an Edcanvas canvas.

Applications for Education
Each of your completed Edcanvas canvases can be shared directly to your students in a number of ways. You can embed your canvas into your classroom blog. You can distribute a QR for your canvas for your students to scan and open on their iPads. Or you can create a classroom code for your canvas and invite your students to view canvases. If you have students sign-up for Edcanvas they could create their own canvases to share with you.

Code Fred - A Game for Learning About Circulation and Respiration

Code Fred is a free online game developed by the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago. The game helps players learn about the human body's responses to trauma. The object of the game is to help "Fred" escape from the woods while he is chased by a wolf. To keep Fred running players have to pump blood, increase the flow of oxygen, and send adrenaline through Fred's body. If a player doesn't respond to the needs of Fred's body fast enough, he will get caught by the wolf that is chasing him.

Applications for Education
Playing Code Fred could be a fun way for students to review a lesson they have learned about circulation and respiration. The game doesn't last long if it's played correctly, perhaps fifteen minutes at the longest, so don't plan on using the game for a full lesson.

Chew or Die Encourages Kids to Try Healthy Foods

Chew or Die is a free iPad, iPhone, and Android app that encourages people to try new healthy foods. The free app contains a series of healthy food challenges. The challenges include things like removing bread and potato-based starches with rice, trying a new vegetable, removing meat from your diet for a week, and sneaking more fiber into your diet. When you try a challenge take a picture of the food that you try and upload it to Chew or Die to challenge your friends to match your healthy choice. Watch the video below to see the app in action. Click here for the iOS version. Click here for the Android version.

Applications for Education
You can register to use Chew or Die with your Facebook account or you can create an separate Chew or Die account. The app could provide a great way to motivate students to try a new healthy food and create a new healthy habit.

The Best New Tech for 2013

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is in full swing this week in Las Vegas. This is the event where electronics manufacturers unveil their new products that are hitting the market in 2013. Many manufacturers also show-off the prototypes of things that may never see the marketplace, but inspire our imaginations. The Tekzilla video below features a couple of neat products unveiled at CES that we might see in classrooms some day soon.

If you could build a computer, tablet, or other consumer electronic product for your classroom, what would it be?