Using SoundCloud to Share Groups of Songs Online for Assessment

1 12 2009

The above are original compositions published 1981 by CowJazz music publishing, Canada. They are shared here for the demonstration of SoundCloud software.
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Songs were posted here using SoundCloud The color of the player is customizable. One of the coolest features is that you can record comments on the timeline. Great feature for giving feedback to students.

Each track can be played individually even though they are grouped in the same project heading. If you pay for the upgrade you can customize it further to match your site or include your logo. There are several different upgrade levels offering different features.

I use this software to share student work online so parents can listen and experience student’s work. Assessment comments can also be included. SoundCloud also lets you create a dropbox online for students to hand in assignments in mp3 format.

I must say, I experiment with a lot of the new applications and some are better than others. Soundcloud is one of the easiest and stable that I have used. The interface was easy to use and very streamlined. I haven’t found any bugs yet. Well done SoundCloud. They also say video uploading is on the way soon.

I tried a new lesson plan using this software this week and it went quite well so I have decided to add it here.

I teach listening and analysis to my seniors and have been giving them an mp3 or CD to listen to and then they write a listening and analysis report on what they hear. I tried using SoundCloud to share a song with them this week. It was fantastic as they could leave a voicethread on the audio file I gave them in real time. It worked beautifully and they didn’t even have to give a bar number of the score or timeline of the mp3 as the file is playing along with their comments. It is a great way to get students to practice for the IB Music Listening and Analysis Exam coming in May. Give it a try. I am sure you will enjoy it.

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