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October 21, 2012

Wikis and Garage Band in 5th Grade

by Randy Ziegenfuss

Mrs. Shirk’s fifth grade class began using Wikis this year to supplement class discussion. A weekly question is posted and students have the opportunity to submit their answers throughout the week. Students enjoy responding in their own words and seeing their classmates’ opinions. The students also appreciate being able to review past discussions.

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Truman’s GarageBand club meets on Friday afternoons. Students from grades 3, 4, and 5 have the opportunity to create their own original compositions using Apple’s GarageBand software. Some students opt to record their own voices, while others create arrangements using the built-in audio loops. They also learn how to use effects to creatively transform sounds.

Listen to this project by Anna Bitar.

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