Saturday, June 17, 2017

Soundtrap Now Offers MIDI Export

Soundtrap is a great tool for students to use to create music online. Soundtrap offers a wide variety of virtual instruments that students can use to create music on Chromebooks, Mac and Windows computers, and iOS and Android tablets. Soundtrap also lets kids record music they play with real instruments. The best part is that students can collaborate on the creation of music with virtual instruments. In essence, it's Google Docs for music.

This week Soundtrap added a new feature that some music teachers will appreciate. That is feature is the option to export music as MIDI files. Students can download their MIDI files or export them directly to or Noteflight for further composition editing.

The Week in Review - The Recombobulation Area

An appropriate sign after TSA
in Milwaukee. 
Good morning from Maine where I'm enjoying a nice cup of coffee while my dog sleeps next to me on the couch. It's a nice way to start a summer day. Put another way, drinking coffee at a leisurely pace feels like I've entered a recombobulation area. That's a term that I've borrowed from the TSA station in the Milwaukee airport. That's an appropriate name for the chaotic areas that are directly after security screening in airports. It's also an appropriate term for the first days after school gets out for the summer. I hope that all of you on summer break are enjoying it so far.

Here are this week's most popular posts:
1. Six Types of Classroom Video Projects - And 18 Video Creation Tools
2. 4 Good Formative Assessment Tools for Classrooms That Aren't 1:1
3. Make Stop Motion Videos on Your Chromebook
4. How to Create a Word Cloud In Google Docs
5. The Four Things Students Need to Create Good Book Trailers
6. My Three Favorite Classroom Timer Tools
7. Leaving One G Suite District for Another? - Take Your Data With You

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Practical Ed Tech Live - Episode 9

Yesterday afternoon I hosted the ninth episode of Practical Ed Tech Live in which I answered some of the questions that I get from readers every week. I also answer any questions that are sent in live on YouTube or Facebook. Episode #9 is embedded below.

The questions answered in the video can be read in this Google Document.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Group Discounts for the Practical Ed Tech Summer Camps

The first of this year's two Practical Ed Tech Summer Camps is just six weeks away. Group discounts are still available to school districts that are sending four or more people. A group of four can save $600 when they register together compared to the standard registration.

Registration for the Practical Ed Tech Summer Camps includes 16 hours of hands-on professional development in small groups. Breakfast and lunch is included both days.

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Snap - A Great Way for Students to Try Programming

Earlier this week I Tweeted that anyone who is going to the ISTE conference in San Antonio needs to put Gary Stager's presentation titled Logo at 50: Children, Computers and Powerful Ideas on his or her calendar. Understanding the development of Logo is key to understanding how many of the programming apps we have in classrooms today came to be. One of those programs is Snap.

Snap! is a drag-and-drop programming interface designed to help students learn to program. Snap! uses a visual interface that works in your browser on your laptop as well as on your iPad or Android tablet. To design a program in Snap! drag commands into a sequence in the scripts panel. The commands are represented by labeled jigsaw puzzle pieces that snap together to create a program. You can try to run your program at any time to see how it will be executed. After previewing your program you can go back and add or delete pieces as you see fit.

Snap! may remind some people of Scratch. That is because the Snap! developers call their program "an extended re-implementation of Scratch." The potential benefit of Snap! over Scratch is that teachers who have a mix of iPads, Android tablets, and laptops in their classrooms can have all of their students use the same programming interface.

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