Here we go! It’s gonna be random.
Audacity just rocks!
Exhibit A: I was sitting in a session about using a playful approach to teach kindergarten and I was frantically scribbling down all kinds of notes to refer to for later use. I was becoming more and more overwhelmed as I tried to process everything a record notes that I could make sense of later. Then the clouds opened, a ray of light shone on my head, angels sang and I had a thought! I opened Audacity and began recording. Viola! I can now make notes of the things that are visual that won’t be caught in my audio recording. Now I didn’t do this for every presentation I attended but for this one it was so valuable!
Exhibit B: Matthew D Thilbeault from the University of Illinois shows us how he is using the “spectrum view” in Audacity as a ready made listening map. I’ve always used the waveform view to record and edit. I never saw much value in the using spectrum view. But Matthew showed us the spectrum view for a heavy metal song and the things I HEARD after I SAW this view were amazing!!! If I had a middle school or high school general music class I would definitely be using this in class tomorrow. I teach elementary and I’m going to have to think about it but I’m still going to find a way to use this in my room.
Plurk is a life saver. I used Plurk to keep all my notes to the sessions neat and organized and easy to find!
We attempted our first Tweetup this year. It’s a good idea. There are about 10 people in my own PLN that are music teachers in Illinois but the execution of the Tweetup needs refining for next year. I like the idea of having it during the Opening Gala in the Exhibit Hall but next year we need to make ourselves more findable. Perhaps a set of balloons to get above everyone’s heads will help? Those of you who tried to find us and couldn’t please offer any suggestions you might have.