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.





Cool New MIDI Instrument – Percussa Audio Blocks

28 05 2012

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Audio Blocks is one of the coolest new instruments I have seen.  These look like so much fun.  Audio Blocks by Percussa are a new MIDI instrument that you can input your own samples to create completely original and new compositions of your own.

I wish they were a bit cheaper to buy.  A set of four blocks runs around $600 US.  A little steep.

Here is some info from their site.

Improvisor is a MIDI sequencer application which plays back multiple step sequences with up to 64 steps in length.

Each sequence is entered using velocity and semitone patterns, relative to a root note.

Semitone patterns can be played back using different velocity patterns or the other way around.

Semitone patterns can follow each other, which means they will add to each other’s relative semitone steps.

By drawing your own semitone and velocity patterns, and making patterns follow each other, you can create completely new melodies, which you didn’t imagine before!





Practice App for Musicians – Tracks rehearsal and practice – FREE and iphone App

26 05 2012

I was looking for an app that would let students keep track of their rehearsal time in a method that included more than just how many minutes a day.  I wanted them to create a much more informative log.  I think this is it and it also has an iphone app to boot and it is FREE.  Students can record their rehearsal into the online program and teachers can track their students.





Synthesia – a FREE and fun app to help you learn to play piano

14 12 2011

Synthesia is a free game that teaches you to play the piano using falling notes. With it, you can:

Learn to play songs using a musical keyboard connected to your computer.
Keep track of your progress in every song with per-song scoreboards.
Slow, fast-forward, and rewind songs while learning new parts.
Practice left and right hand parts together or separately.
Try out any MIDI file you can find more.

For Elementary educators this is a fun and useful way to introduce a form of graphic music notation to the classroom. If you would like to pay a little bit in support of the author you will be able to read the music in western notation as well.





Online Group Study – Share Flashcards, Notes, and more

5 11 2011


StudyBlue is an online app that lets the your students and yourself work together as a team. Students can create and share StudyBlue notes and even create digital StudyBlue flashcards.


Another similar app is called OpenStudy. This one is very insteresting as it allows students to join other students they don’t know to work together is study groups. Students can search by subject and find other OpenStudy students online.





Tools for Building Custom Resources, Games, and more

23 10 2011


Tools for Educators is a Great collection of applications that can be used by educators to build custom resources for their classrooms. Game creators, images, and more.

Free tools for teaching: worksheets, worksheet templates, printables and on-line teaching materials makers with images
from Tools for Educators.com . Use these
free worksheets to print, game makers, and programs for teachers
to make and print teaching resources with pictures or classroom materials for kids. They are simple, but beautiful, versatile and powerful. I hope your students (and you) enjoy the resources.





Great Music Resources for the Classroom

18 09 2011


I have been making my own resources for a while now because I had a hard time finding published materials I was happy with. I finally found a great site called FUN Music Company. They have so many great resources and they fit the way I work because I can download them as digital files and print off whenever I want. Fun Music Company has a wide variety of materials to choose from. Everything from great printable theory books of all levels. Great for grades 6 through 12. They also have course materials for Rock & Roll, Instruments of the Orchestra, Jazz & Blues, Composers, World Music and more.

And, they are very reasonable priced for the quality and quantity of worksheets, assessments, lessons, workbooks, listening suggestions, log books, etc. etc.
Check out Fun Music Company and see what you think.





Huge Collection of Educational Games and Game Creation Apps

14 09 2011



This month one of my favorite and most useful sites Free Technology for Teachers has posted a huge collection of useful Educational Games and Game Creation applications.

There is a wealth of great links here, everything from interactive spin and spell games to the apps that were used to create them. Great resource.





Changing from iWeb to Sandvox

6 08 2011

With Apple discontinuing their Apple iWeb software and hosting on me.com I was looking for another replacement. There really isn’t much to choose from but there is one that I came across called Sandvox by Karelia, that allows posting without using an ftp client app like Fetch or FileZilla.

I still miss iWeb as Sandvox has less options included in the basic software (however you can buy plugins which would make it a little better), yet it is still far behind iWeb. However, it is by far the best app I could find. Adobe is probably better as it is the pro application, however I tried the trial and found the interface really clunky in design. So much so that I gave up after about 30 minutes.

I will definitely miss iWeb. I loved the ability to customize the site. Especially using a picture as a background for a page or set the color of the bachground. With Sandvox you cannot do either.

I also liked that fact that I could password protect my site when I have protected files that I only want to share with my students and not everyone on the internet.


Sandvox also links with A2Hosting for a quick and easy setup. When stumped filling in the necessary data in Sandvox’s setup window I just asked for online help and they came back within a few hours with the necessary fix. It is also offered at a competitive price.

I would also like to mention how helpful and timely A2Hosting was with their help information while I was getting set up. They always supplied me with solutions to my problems within hours of a request. Excellent service.

Check them out online and see what you think. Here is a Sandvox “Electronic Referral Kit” for your pleasure http://c.karelia.com/178





Seven Great Apps for Teaching Music

4 07 2011

Free Technology for Teachers has pulled together a great post of 7 wonderful applications that music educators and students can all use to enjoy and learn about music. They are all well worth looking at and incorporating into your classroom teaching. Check them out!