Easy and Quick Bibliographies with Easybib and NoodleTools

17 10 2012

If you or your students find creating accurate bibliographies complicated try using Easybib or NoodleTools.  Both make creating a bibliography a snap.Both come recommended and use several accepted bibliography formatting.





Mindmapping Collaborative Applications for Lesson Plans and Presentations

23 04 2011

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I am amazed I haven’t heard of these apps before. I attended a Try It On Monday tech seminar in Tokyo and one of the presenters was introducing two different apps that I found so interesting and ultimately useful for education. The first is great for creating collaborative mindmapping clouds and is called “Text 2 Mindmap”. You can create a beautiful mindmap and save as a pic file. The best thing is that it can be collaborative.

The second app is called Mind42. This one I found particularly intriguing. It is an elegant way to create a lesson that is multi media oriented. It is also great if you would like to post your lesson afterwards on a web site. The visual mapping display can link: docs, youtubes, and sound files. The end result is a beautiful and clean display of pods that you can enter as you see fit. You can start a lesson with them all closed and open them one at a time. You could assign different students to make a pod of their own that is added to the whole. I like posting a lot of sites and info that are related to a topic as I find them. I like mind42 for this purpose as I can link everything there and then open them only when and if I need the info during a lecture. I think I will be using this app a lot in the future.

Yet another app for mind mapping is MindMeister. It is similar to the other. With this one you can collaborate as well as share and connect with your iPad or iPhone.





Using an iPad for School Counseling

7 09 2010

This post has nothing to do with music but I thought is was worthy of note.
Adam Clark the student counselor at Yokohama International School is piloting a program on the benefits (if any) of using an ipad for his work with students. Adam has published some of his findings thus far on his blog Freedom Philosophy in an article “Two Essential Tools for Counseling”. He is quite happy with the product thus far and describes many of the benefits he sees in using the device. Check out the full article here.





New Application “MuseAmi” Lets You Hear Printed Music – A New Way to Help Composers?

22 08 2010

No that is not some villain peering out from behind that iPad. It is Robert Taub a concert pianist and new CEO that has performed from Carnegie Hall to concert halls around the world. He wanted to help his daughter with her music. I guess she was having trouble figuring out the right rhythms and notes to play. It gave him an idea for a new software that could play sheet music so that a student could hear the music the way it is suppose to be played. It is available from MuseAmi.

Well he succeeded according to an article I read in the New York Times Online. It looks like it could be very useful for many upcoming musicians. Check it out here.

Here is another article on the software that I found in the Wall Street Journal Blogs





iPad Can Make a Great Touch Contol Panel for Music Recording

13 07 2010

Entrackment by Talkative

If you work with GarageBand you probably find yourself wishing for a controller surface that you can use for panning, track volume, etc. Unfortunately control interfaces usually cost hundeds of dollars or more. Well the guys at Talkative have developed an affordable app ($2.99 – yes that is three bucks) for the iPad called “Entrackment” that turns it into a controller for GarageBand and apparently soon to be added support for Protools, Logic Express, Logic Pro, and Record.

Entrackment





Gigging Apps for Guitar Players – An Effects Rack in Your Pocket

21 05 2010

Most of my articles on this blog are slanted for educators but here is one for gigging musicians, specifically guitar players. After working as a gigging musician for so many years I really appreciated this application when I came across it while investigation useful ipod and ipad music applications. I found it mentioned on a great blog called “IK Multi Media, Musicians First”.

It is called the iRig by AmpliTube. Guitarists have always been interested in new gadgets and effects and almost always fighting with buzz caused by a multitude of patch cables in their systems. Several years back a few companies started to manufacture multipurpose guitar effect foot controllers that cut down on all the stuff and cables but this new iRig app is just too sweet. It is a small plug in that works as an adapter so you can plug it into your iphone and then plug your guitar using a regular 1/4″ lead into it. It also has a line out for headphones or to go to your amp. I live in Tokyo and I see guitarists taking trains with all their gear and I would think this would be a wonderful solution for most gigs.





Stoking a Music Fan’s Fancy With Apps That Rock

21 05 2010


Many musicians have been waiting to get their hands on an iPAD to see what it can do. I think most artists will want one anyway just because…. just because! There are some very interesting music apps on the market already that will run on the iPAD but …. Read this interesting article in the New York Times online by BOB TEDESCHI on some of the applications available for ipad and iphone.

The ipad and iphone have brought a whole new element to the creation of music. Non musicians can now compose music using some of the new computer assisted music programs. It is a fun way to enjoy music on a new level. No, you will not create orchestrations like Beethoven of Frank Zappa but it is still a way to stimulate and use your creative juices. Especially for young composers getting their feet and ears wet.