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I am giving two workshops at the upcoming Denver Public Schools iPad Symposium on February 23rd. http://dea.wikispaces.dpsk12.org/2013+iPad+Symposium
iPad Filmmaking Boot Camp where educators will learn how to shoot and edit movies on their iPads. (come with the iMovie app already installed)
Amazing iPad Projects that will Freak Your Students Out! In this fast-paced and very interactive workshop you will see how I use iPads in ways that most students have never dreamed of. You will see how my students make movies, web-shows, podcasts, music, animations, and much more with their iPads. This workshop is part improv-comedy and part rock-concert as we learn how to do these projects together, so bring your iPad and come and have fun participating in iPad projects that will assess your student knowledge and skills in ways that will have them begging for more. You can’t say that about a normal test! (come with GarageBand, Stop Motion Studio and ArtRage installed)
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I have just posted the information on my new e-course for teaching your own iPad Rockstar Boot Camp. http://www.kidtechcamps.com/start-your-own.html
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Last Wednesday I did my second class of my new iPad Rock Star Boot Camp with my students in fourth and fifth grade and I wanted to give you a brief update.
Last week I explained how we are teaching music on the iPad without knowing any music theory to try to prove it can be done — kind of like flipping music instruction. Instead of years of music theory before learning to rock, we learn to rock and then the motivation is there to learn music theory. I am very happy to report that this is what I have been seeing.
The kids love rocking out on the iPads. Our song “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” is starting to sound like a real song, and today we plan on working on singing.
Here are some photos from last week…Read More
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Today was my first lesson in my new iPad Rock Star Boot Camp that I am doing with the 4th and 5th graders at my elementary school. The funny things is that I know nothing about music — just to prove that anyone can really rock the iPad if they know a few tricks. So here are the things that we covered today.
Introduction: I explained to my students that they did not need to know music theory — a collective smile grew across their faces. I then explained that they did not need to know how to play an instrument or even be able to sing, most of that we can fix with the iPad.
Step One: Find the right song. The right song is not necessarily your favorite song that you have been dying to record. I take the students to www.musicnotes.com and then we start to search for sheet music of their favorite songs. The sheet music pops up and I tell them how I always look for a song with just a few chords per bar (or measure). Remember, I know nothing about music theory, but there are some things I had to learn about. The fewer chords the better, one chord per bar is great. So after I shoot down of few of their songs I show them the song that we are going to be playing for the boot camp; The Boulevard of Broken Dreams by Green Day, two chords per bar and most of the song uses the same four chords over and over again — perfect for young rockers and their iPads. I paid the $5.75 for the sheet music and ran off a copy for each student.
Step Two: Find what key the song is in. Lucky for me www.musicnotes.com shows on the sidebar the key that the original song was recorded in. I don’t know what the heck a song key is, I just know that I can’t play songs in GarageBand on the iPad without knowing it. Boulevard of Broken Dreams is in the key of F-minor.
Step Three: Break down the song into sections. I have a worksheet that allows us to break the song down from sheet music into individual sections and then we count how many bars are in each section. Sections are what GarageBand needs to make a song. For example Section A is the Intro and it is 4 bars, Section B is Verse 1 and is 14 bars. You will need this for the next step.
Step Four: Record the Sections of the Song. So I have them start up GarageBand on their iPads, then we start a new song, we then set the key to F-Minor, and then we had to edit one of the chords with the Chord Editor, so that it matched the original song. We kept the tempo and the time signature set at the default. I had them set the section length for Section A to 4 bars. We were using the Smart Acoustic Guitar. So after practicing a few times, they each put on their headphones and recorded the chords for the intro, and then on to making Section B: Verse 1. After about an hour we had the beginnings of a rock song.
Next week we will continue our recordings and get ready to add vocals. Stay tuned…
- Brad Flickinger, Tech Teacher, Bethke Elementary School
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Like many of you I watched last week’s Apple announcement about the changing of textbooks with somewhat cautious optimism. I think it is about time that the textbook publishers got on board — so I was happy to see what Apple had put together. But when they showed iBook Author I about fell out of my chair. I have literally been wanting something like this for years.
As soon as the presentation was over I downloaded the free app to my MacBook Pro. Now all I needed was a book to write!
That was when I decided to publish the screenplay to my recent iPhone movie I did during the iPad Boot Camp, The Attack of Robokid. So I opened iBook Author, picked a template, drug my screenplay from Pages into it and Shazam! Instant iBook!
That took care of chapter one, so I then added a chapter with behind the scenes photos done as a slide show — I had to write a caption for each of the 15 photos, so this took the bulk of the 20 minutes.
I then added a final chapter that had the video of the movie the screenplay is for so the reader could see how we chose to shoot it.
I have to admit it looks great. As it turns out, the next thing I needed was an iTunes Connect account so I can sell it in the iBook Store, so I applied for that, plus ordered an ISBN number and now I am just waiting for everything to go through.
Below is the PDF of the iBook (all the interactive parts are missing, but you will get an idea as to my layout).
- Brad Flickinger, Tech Teacher, Bethke Elementary.Read More