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Gertrude 'Ma' Rainey - Ma Rainey's Black Bottom - Paramounr

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8 to 12
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Ma Rainey's "Black Bottom" is the theme song for August Wilson's play from 1982 and the Netflix movie from 2020 of the same name. The song, first recorded in 1927, ...more
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Ma Rainey's "Black Bottom" is the theme song for August Wilson's play from 1982 and the Netflix movie from 2020 of the same name. The song, first recorded in 1927, is still relevant today; it is set in the 1920s in Chicago and deals with themes of Black art and culture, racial tension, and power. This song resides on YouTube and may not be available in your classroom.

tag(s): african american (96), black history (96), blues (20), plays (25)

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Are you studying Black history or the Blues? Then your students need to know about Ma Rainey. Have them read Ma Rainey's biography, reviewed here, and then listen to one of Ma Rainey's most famous songs. Ask pairs or small groups to listen carefully and pick out phrases that would still apply to Black Americans today. Use a tool such as Padlet, reviewed here, to list the example phrases and research current topics that are relevant. With Padlet, students can post various resources such as videos, primary sources, and books.

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Ma Rainey - Biography.com

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Whether your music class is studying the Blues or your academic classes are studying Black History, Ma Rainey is one important person to know. Known as the "Mother of the ...more
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Whether your music class is studying the Blues or your academic classes are studying Black History, Ma Rainey is one important person to know. Known as the "Mother of the Blues," she was an influencer to three generations of artists from Langston Hughes, to Bessie Smith, to Alice Walker. Read this article to find out more about Ma Rainey.

tag(s): african american (96), artists (74), black history (96), blues (20)

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Introduce this article and enhance student learning by using Read Ahead, reviewed here, to highlight important sections, keywords, and create a vocabulary list. Next, have students read the biography in pairs, and further enhance student learning by asking them to use Edji, reviewed here, to highlight famous songs, people, bands, and others mentioned in the article. Then, have pairs or small groups use Timeline Infographic Templates, reviewed here, to summarize their reading. At this point, students could do a little research on a person or band mentioned in the article and report their findings to their peers using Genially, reviewed here. With Genially, students can insert maps, audio, video, and more. You may also want to have your students listen to the "Black Bottom" song by Ma Rainey, reviewed here.

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Merlot - California State University Long Beach

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K to 12
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Merlot (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching) is a curated collection of free learning and support materials for educators that includes almost 100,000 learning...more
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Merlot (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching) is a curated collection of free learning and support materials for educators that includes almost 100,000 learning resources in all content areas and grade levels. Search information on the site in several ways, such as using a keyword or searching by ISBN, materials, or members. Use the dropdown box labeled "Browse" at the top of the page to conduct a more focused search by grade level, content, type of material, and mobile platform. All available content includes clickable peer reviews and user ratings with an overview of the material, recommended uses, and target student population. Registration isn't required; however, it allows you to bookmark and save topics. In addition, registration offers access to Merlot's Content Builder (website maker) and a Course ePortfolio.

tag(s): OER (39), preK (239), professional development (304)

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Bookmark and save Merlot to use for professional development and planning purposes. Create an account to save and access bookmarks at any time throughout the year. Due to the size of this site, consider including it as part of your professional development activities with grade-level or department peers to explore by sections. For example, during one session, examine options of assessment tools, and explore the included collections about your course content at another meeting. Consider using a curation tool such as Netboard, reviewed here, or Milanote, reviewed here, to collect and share saved resources.
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Africa in the K-16 Classroom Online Resources - Boston University African Studies Center

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K to 12
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Boston University's Pardee School of Global Studies shares many free resources for teaching about Africa in all grade-level classrooms. Follow the links to access featured resources,...more
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Boston University's Pardee School of Global Studies shares many free resources for teaching about Africa in all grade-level classrooms. Follow the links to access featured resources, podcasts, teaching tips, and more. In addition, there is an extensive library for educators divided into grade-level categories. Each category includes resources for pedagogy, children's literature, lesson plans and activities, and additional classroom resources. Also, this website provides links to teaching about Africa divided into topics that include climate change, geography, literature and language, and others.

tag(s): africa (142), continents (30), countries (68)

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Add this excellent site to your other resources for teaching about the continent of Africa. Consider using a curation tool such as Milanote, reviewed here, to organize your ideas and projects into one location. Add links, notes, images, and more onto one Milanote vision board to make it easy to find and view your resources and ideas. As you implement and teach lessons found on the site, ask students to share their learning using multimedia presentation tools such as Sway, reviewed here, and Adobe Express for Education, reviewed here. Find culturally appropriate images for student use at Fresh Folk, Adobe Express for Education, reviewed here, and Unsplash, reviewed here.
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Patriotic Music for July 4th and Memorial Day celebrations! - Celebrations Sounds

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K to 12
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Here you'll find over one and a half hours of patriotic music for your July 4th and Memorial Day celebrations! The music and video reside on YouTube. If your district ...more
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Here you'll find over one and a half hours of patriotic music for your July 4th and Memorial Day celebrations! The music and video reside on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, it may not be available to you.

tag(s): july 4th (9), memorial day (14), veterans (20)

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Use this music as background when students work on projects, especially those for Memorial Day, July 4th, and Veterans Day. Share this one on your teacher web page just in time for summer so students and parents can enjoy patriotic background music during their holiday celebrations.

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Top 10 American Patriotic Songs | Iconic American Songs - U.S. Entrepreneur TV

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4 to 12
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You may be surprised at these choices for America's top 10 patriotic songs. Most of them reflect more recent events in American History, though a few traditional songs are ...more
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You may be surprised at these choices for America's top 10 patriotic songs. Most of them reflect more recent events in American History, though a few traditional songs are represented, too. The music and video reside on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, it may not be available to you.

tag(s): july 4th (9), memorial day (14), sept11 (17), veterans (20)

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Choose a few of the more recent songs, and discuss why they are considered patriotic as a class. Then, use as background music when students work on projects for Memorial Day, the 4th of July, and Veteran's Day.

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Georgia Virtual Learning Shared Resources - Georgia Virtual Learning

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5 to 12
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Georgia Virtual Learning is the online education headquarters for the Georgia Department of Education and offers over 100 virtual courses for middle and high school students. Choose...more
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Georgia Virtual Learning is the online education headquarters for the Georgia Department of Education and offers over 100 virtual courses for middle and high school students. Choose from studies in all core content areas and the fine arts and world languages. An additional option features courses in CTAE/Electives. These offerings include classes in finance, computer science, fitness, and more. After selecting a course to view, use the module to proceed through the contents. Each module includes an introduction featuring essential questions and interactive content and concludes with final assessments and a module test.

tag(s): art history (79), body systems (40), business (50), chinese (43), drawing (58), environment (220), financial literacy (94), french (71), geology (63), japanese (46), latin (20), music theory (44), narrative (13), novels (27), nutrition (131), oceans (133), OER (39), photography (129), plagiarism (30), poetry (184), psychology (65), robotics (23), romeo & juliet (8), short stories (18), sociology (23), space (204), spanish (97), STEM (227), writers workshop (33)

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Bookmark and save this site as a supplemental resource for your current lessons, as a resource for students to learn about subjects not covered in their current courses, and to differentiate learning for students. For example, provide remediation to high school students by sharing the 9th or 10th-grade literature and composition courses as a review activity or enhance your British Literature unit by assigning a module that focuses specifically on 17th, 18th, or 19th-century British literature. Consider assigning different activities to groups of students to present to their peers. Ask them to use an infographic creator such as the Canva Infographic Creator, reviewed here, as a tool for sharing important information. As a final learning extension, create a digital class book using Ourboox, reviewed here, to share understanding of the content learned. Include text, images, maps, and more in the student-created books.

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The Kennedy Center Ballet Collection - The Kennedy Center

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K to 12
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This extensive collection from The Kennedy Center features many lessons, media resources, and articles relating to ballet. Use this site to learn about ballerinas as athletes and discover...more
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This extensive collection from The Kennedy Center features many lessons, media resources, and articles relating to ballet. Use this site to learn about ballerinas as athletes and discover the history of ballet and its influence on cultures, politics, and art. Scroll through the home page to find articles on bringing community connections through dance, learn how to prevent injuries, and prepare for a visit to the ballet. The videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable.

tag(s): dance (23), russia (33), stories and storytelling (34)

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This is an excellent site to use when introducing students to ballet as a form of dance or as an option to use with girls who are interested in athletics and sports. Consider including resources found on the ballet site as part of a storytelling unit or sharing ideas with students for finding role models when writing biographies. As you share information from this site and others, consider using curation tools such as Symbaloo, reviewed here, and Wakelet, reviewed here, to share information with students in an organized manner. Add information from this collection into an interactive lesson using Blendspace, reviewed here. Include videos, articles, quizzes, and documents as part of your interactive lesson.

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The Kennedy Center Dance Collection - The Kennedy Center

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Discover the culture and history of dance worldwide and its importance in telling stories through movement and music using this rich and varied collection of resources. This site contains...more
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Discover the culture and history of dance worldwide and its importance in telling stories through movement and music using this rich and varied collection of resources. This site contains groups, lessons, information from featured artists, and more, covering many dance genres. In addition, media resources feature videos that teach dance, provide information on dance companies worldwide, and visit featured artists.

tag(s): chinese new year (5), cross cultural understanding (148), cultures (100), dance (23), hispanic (21), jazz (15), native americans (82), poetry (184), stories and storytelling (34)

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Take advantage of the many free resources on this site to add dance to music lessons and cultural units and enrich topics featuring people and places worldwide. Each resource includes tags, and the lessons include suggested grade levels, use these links to find additional resources for classroom use. As you include information from this site, use an online whiteboard tool such as Google Jamboard, reviewed here, to engage students in learning. For example, add a link to a video from the site about a featured artist and ask students to share their learning or post questions to explore further. Ask students to share their understanding using one of the many tools found Adobe Creative Cloud Express for Education, reviewed here. For example, ask students to create a website of a featured dance style, while other students create a video sharing dance and cultural information about their chosen group of people or country.

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Music Appreciation Resources - TeachersFirst

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Music appreciation involves introducing students to the history and various genres of music. There are many different musicians to discover and genres to enjoy. Peruse this collection...more
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Music appreciation involves introducing students to the history and various genres of music. There are many different musicians to discover and genres to enjoy. Peruse this collection to learn about musicians from different periods. This collection covers blues, jazz, classical, and other genres. Share these resources during Music In the Schools Month or any time throughout the year. This list includes resources for all grades.

tag(s): blues (20), jazz (15), music theory (44)

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Use these resources as you prepare music lessons related to genres, music history, and other topics. Each review includes technology integration ideas. This list includes resources for elementary and secondary students.

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Resources for Instruments and Vocal Music - TeachersFirst

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Technology offers teachers many new opportunities in music and the arts. This collection highlights resources related to instruments and vocal music. Some tools in this curated list...more
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Technology offers teachers many new opportunities in music and the arts. This collection highlights resources related to instruments and vocal music. Some tools in this curated list include virtual instruments, video tutorials, vocal instructions, and more. Share these resources during Music In the Schools Month or any other time throughout the year. Remember, our "In the Classroom" suggestions give you ideas about using these tools in your classroom.

tag(s): music theory (44), musical instruments (42), musical notation (35)

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Help to deepen your students' understanding of vocal music and instruments using this curated collection. Share these resources with your colleagues and students by emailing the page or sharing the link from your school web page and in your school newsletter. Find resources to incorporate into your music lessons.

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Paint With Music - Google Arts and Culture

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K to 12
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What if you could hear a painting? This experiment from Google Arts and Culture offers four different canvases to use brushstrokes that translate into music. First, create your unique...more
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What if you could hear a painting? This experiment from Google Arts and Culture offers four different canvases to use brushstrokes that translate into music. First, create your unique piece by selecting a canvas, then choose an instrument to draw on your palette. Next, if desired, toggle the scale on or off to view the placement of your strokes. Finally, share completed works onto Google Classroom, with the URL created or other social media options.

tag(s): drawing (58), music theory (44), musical instruments (42), musical notation (35), painting (54)

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This Google Arts and Culture Experiment is an engaging tool to introduce painting and musical composition. Share this site for students to explore in the computer lab or as part of computer center time. If you have Google Classroom, ask students to share their favorite compositions directly into your classroom. If you don't use Google Classroom, show students how to find the URL for their creation and create a Padlet, reviewed here, for students to share their links. Create columns in the Padlet for different canvases offered on the experiment and ask students to reflect upon their creation and why they chose it as a favorite. Encourage students to turn the scales on and off to understand what happens with the different placement of paint strokes on their composition.

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Superior Singing Method YouTube Channel - Aaron Anastasi

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4 to 12
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Learn how to sing with better control, pitch, tone, and range with video lessons shared on the Superior Singing Method's YouTube Channel. This channel is for anyone who enjoys singing...more
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Learn how to sing with better control, pitch, tone, and range with video lessons shared on the Superior Singing Method's YouTube Channel. This channel is for anyone who enjoys singing without worrying about talent and ability. Each short video guides viewers through practice in proper tongue position, quick lessons in improving vocal tone, and proper breathing techniques. If your district blocks YouTube, then the videos may not be viewable.

tag(s): music theory (44), songs (46), tutorials (47)

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Share videos and techniques from this site with all student singers and those who consider themselves non-singers. Focus on a weekly tip by sharing a video with students in class or your learning management system. In addition, this site may be beneficial when preparing for a holiday or year-end concerts to provide support and confidence to all students. Assist students in practicing vocals by sharing a recording tool like Vocaroo, reviewed here, to use for practice. Have students record vocals for their personal use to hear their voice as they sing and document progress using the shared tips from this site. Use Padlet, reviewed here, to curate a collection of the best videos to share with your students.

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Singing Made Simple YouTube Channel - Roger Burnley

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4 to 12
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Learn techniques to improve singing skills from a former American Idol coach's YouTube channel. Choose from the Beginner Singer Series or the Voice Lessons Playlist. Each short video...more
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Learn techniques to improve singing skills from a former American Idol coach's YouTube channel. Choose from the Beginner Singer Series or the Voice Lessons Playlist. Each short video includes instructions and demonstrations on learning proper singing methods and specifics for different music genres, including pop and rap. If your district blocks YouTube, then the videos may not be viewable.

tag(s): music theory (44), songs (46), tutorials (47)

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Share these video tips with vocal students and non-singers to practice and improve singing skills. Consider sharing a tip of the week a month or two before school concerts and programs to help students develop confidence in their performance. Ask students to record their singing using Online Voice Recorder, reviewed here, to promote personal development with vocal skills. Curate students' responses to the voice training activities using an online bulletin board such as Google Jamboard, reviewed here. Create a Jamboard for students to share tips that they find useful, add their additional suggestions, and share congratulations for continued practice with voice skills.

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The Freedom Riders and the Popular Music of the Civil Rights Movement - EDSITEment!

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8 to 12
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This fascinating lesson plan includes six teaching activities that focus on how civil rights activists used the power of song to share their message of equal justice under the law ...more
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This fascinating lesson plan includes six teaching activities that focus on how civil rights activists used the power of song to share their message of equal justice under the law for all. The lesson begins with guiding questions and stated learning objectives aligned to Social Studies and Common Core literacy standards. Then, students listen to several songs from the 1960s and analyze the lyrics to understand the civil rights messages during their study of the materials. This lesson includes links to all media and music referenced within the activities.

tag(s): 1960s (29), black history (96), civil rights (167), martin luther king (39), oral history (14)

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Integrate this lesson into your teaching about civil rights, Freedom Fighters, or the 1960s to engage students in learning about this period through music. Enhance learning by dividing students into groups to analyze different songs, then ask them to share their findings with the class by sharing a presentation created using one of the tools found at Adobe Creative Cloud Express for Education, reviewed here. After viewing the presentations, encourage students to look for similarities within each message. Use Answer Garden, reviewed here, to post a question and ask students to post responses to create a word cloud. For example, ask each group to share important words or concepts from their song, then view the word cloud to understand overlapping content. As a final activity, extend learning by asking students to create interactive timelines that include important civil rights events, 1960s music, and highlights of civil rights leaders' activities. Use a timeline creation tool such as Time Graphics Timeline Maker, reviewed here, or the timeline feature found in Padlet, reviewed here. Using either option, ask students to include links to videos, recordings, and discussions of the civil rights events.
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Jazz - BrainPOP

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BrainPOP offers this interactive site with several resources for learning about jazz. First, view the introductory five-minute video to learn the basics of jazz. Then, see the lesson...more
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BrainPOP offers this interactive site with several resources for learning about jazz. First, view the introductory five-minute video to learn the basics of jazz. Then, see the lesson ideas and activities that provide opportunities to listen to different types of jazz, learn about famous jazz artists, and understand the roots of jazz from its start in New Orleans.

tag(s): 1920s (8), commoncore (79), jazz (15), Teacher Utilities (125)

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Use resources on this site as part of any lesson on music, musicians, and the early 1900s. Create a link to the site on classroom computers for students to explore independently. Replace pen and paper and have students create blogs sharing their learning and understanding using Telegra.ph, reviewed here. With Telegra.ph you just click on an icon to upload images from your computer, add a YouTube or Vimeo video, or Twitter links. This blog creator requires no registration. Ask students to research a jazz musician, share their favorite songs, or explore a neighborhood famous for jazz. You could enhance learning and challenge older students to create a simple infographic sharing their findings using Canva Infographic Maker, reviewed here.. Activities are correlated to Common Core Standards.
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Blob Opera - Google Arts and Culture

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Blob Opera is a delightful learning machine experiment from Google Arts and Culture. Experiment with the four blobs by dragging each of them up or down to change the pitch ...more
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Blob Opera is a delightful learning machine experiment from Google Arts and Culture. Experiment with the four blobs by dragging each of them up or down to change the pitch of each note. Take your blobs on tour across the world and listen to them sing traditional, classic songs. Visit The Blobpera House to experiment with your blobs and create a recording. Share recordings with the link provided or various social media sites along with Google Classroom.

tag(s): music theory (44)

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Share Blob Opera with students as an engaging way to experiment with the found included opera categories - tenor, bass, mezzo-soprano, and soprano. Ask students to record and share their experiments on your classroom webpage. Use Blob Opera as a brain break activity or stress-reliever for students (and teachers!).

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Benny Goodman and his Orchestra, concert Carnegie Hall 1938 restored - Itapirkanmaa2

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6 to 12
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Go back in time and listen to a Benny Goodman concert from 1938. Spend over an hour and a half listening to Goodman's music featuring clarinet renditions of his greatest ...more
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Go back in time and listen to a Benny Goodman concert from 1938. Spend over an hour and a half listening to Goodman's music featuring clarinet renditions of his greatest hits. This concert features a list of twenty-three songs; go directly to any song using the list in the video's description.

tag(s): musical instruments (42), video (243)

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Include this video during music classes when teaching about different instruments or music genres. Share with students as you teach about historical events during the 1930s. In addition to sharing Benny Goodman's music, this site complements Black history lessons due to Mr. Goodman's leadership in featuring Black musicians. Engage students in learning by creating and sharing mind maps as a class or within groups. mindmaps, reviewed here, features easy to use tools for creating and sharing concept maps. Enhance learning using Blendspace, reviewed here, to create an interactive lesson that includes portions of this video, articles about Benny Goodman, and other activities that guide students in learning. Extend learning further by asking students to create multimedia presentations using Sway, reviewed here. Offer students flexibility in the topic of their presentations - ideas include further research on Benny Goodman, a presentation on clarinets, or an in-depth look at the 1930s. Include images, links, videos, and much more on Sway presentations.

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Benny Goodman: The Official Website of The King of Swing - CMG Worldwide

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Benny Goodman is remembered as one of the greatest clarinetists, but there is much more to his story. Lesser-known, but equally important, Mr. Goodman was the first to have an ...more
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Benny Goodman is remembered as one of the greatest clarinetists, but there is much more to his story. Lesser-known, but equally important, Mr. Goodman was the first to have an interracial band and promoted many African-American musicians throughout his career. Visit this official website to learn much more about Benny Goodman, including a biography, a list of achievements, quotes, and a timeline of his life events. This site also includes a gallery of historic images featuring Mr. Goodman.

tag(s): biographies (89), black history (96), music theory (44), musical instruments (42)

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Introduce your students to Benny Goodman using the information found on this website. The site does not include recordings of Benny Goodman, find those on YouTube at Benny Goodman and His Orchestra, concert Carnegie Hall 1934, reviewed here, or on Spotify at Benny Goodman. Engage students in learning about Benny Goodman using Padlet, reviewed here, to share and organize resources. On Padlet create columns with links to books and articles, videos, audio recordings, and interviews for students to explore. Have students experiment with music using Chrome Music Maker, reviewed here. Select the Song Maker, then change the instrument type to woodwind and start creating! Enhance student learning by asking them to research and share information on favorite musicians or different types of instruments. Use Genially, reviewed here, to create interactive presentations and images that include links to audio and videos related to their topic.

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OK2Ask: 3 Cool Tools to Amp Up Collaboration - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session is from October 2021. You can register and immediately view the archive of the session.

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session is from October 2021. You can register and immediately view the archive of the session.

Learning is always better together! Explore, compare, and contrast three free online tools for collaboration with peers and students. Discover the differences between collaboration and group work and discuss ways to foster collaboration in the classroom. Share the positives of collaboration and strategies for encouraging participants when faced with difficulties with peers and begin to develop a collaborative activity to fit your individual needs. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Understand the difference between collaboration and group work; 2. Explore three online tools for collaboration; and 3. Explore ways to use these tools for collaboration in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): collaboration (82), professional development (304), student-centered (4)

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The archive of this teacher-friendly, hands-on webinar will empower and inspire you to use learning technology in the classroom and for professional productivity. As appropriate, specific classroom examples and ideas have been shared. View the session with a few of your teaching colleagues to find and share new ideas. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.

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