Monday, November 26, 2012

Day 18- Incredibox

Incredibox is a fun tool you can use to bring a little "wow" to your classroom. Essentially, Incredibox enables the user to create custom beat-box tracks by dragging a variety of musical effects onto as many as seven avatars. Each avatar can be muted and replaced to create even more complex compositions that can then be recorded and shared via social media or email. Future updates will include an iPhone app and the ability to download tracks that you create. This is a highly engaging musical creation tool that gets kids experimenting and sharing with classmates as soon as they logon. Here is the official demo video:




While the applications in a music class might be the most obvious uses for Incredibox, this tool can also be used across the curriculum to add a musical beat to classroom projects. For example, I used Incredibox this semester with my AP literature class. They had just read Andrew Marvell's poem "To His Coy Mistress," and they had some fun writing their own "Pick-Up Line Poetry" and reciting it as a class assignment. This assignment helped to illuminate the connection between poetry and music, and it equipped students of varying musical ability with a highly accomplished, computer generated, musical crew to enhance their performances.




I could imagine all kinds of assignments that might include performance elements that feature the funky beats of the Incredibox gang. At minimum, Incredibox can be used to improve the classic "write a rap" option of any menu for demonstrating mastery. Also, because of its ease of use, it can be used at all grade levels to build compositions for class performances.

Your Challenge
Play around with Incredibox, make your own composition, and if you like it, share it with others in the comments below. Then, share ways that you have used Incredibox in your class or ways that you imagine it could be used to enhance learning.

24 comments:

  1. I learned about this during this past summer. Passed it on to our music teacher who has students creating original raps. Might possibly use it in my math classes to have students creatively explain a math process or geometric concept. Fun way to engage students.

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  2. I learned about Incredibox at this past summer's eLearning Conference and showed this engaging site to everyone I could. My AP students are creating choral readings drawn from Shakespeare's play Othello, and I'm offering Incredibox as a way for them to add a beat to their presentations.

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  3. I could see using Incredibox in my math classes to spice up memorization facts with FOIL, factoring, Quadratic Formula, etc. A lot of kids are already "beating" so let's do it with some sophisticated technology!

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  4. I, too, have learned about Incredibox before. I've played around with it myself but haven't had students use it yet. I can see it being used to summarize concepts to a beat. Maybe I'll try it as we start to review concepts for finals.

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  5. This is my first time hearing about Incredibox. It looks really interesting. I'm covering the evolution of the English language with my Etymology class, and we have started on Middle English, which is the language of Chaucer. I've seen lots of youtube videos of people rapping to Chaucer's Prologue to The Canterbury Tales and I might have the students play around to create their own rap version for fun one day. I could also have my Latin students create a rap about a myth story or for one of the Olympians.

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  6. This is fun. I love it. In addition to rapping about chemistry concepts, students can be encouraged to use it as stock music for presentations. It may be fun to use this for learning about procedures/following directions, too. Having students create a tune, and then write out the procedure so another student can recreate it exactly.

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  7. I was thinking the same as Michelle. I love the idea of rapping about social studies, but my mind went immediately to rapping about class rules/procedures. My kids come home with all kinds of raps and songs about behaviors... this would be fun no matter what age!

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  8. I can definitely use this in my music classes! Students can create their own raps and rhythms for their classmates to imitate or dictate. My elementary students would get a big kick out of creating their own raps.

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  9. After reading about the site, I changed my plans for one afternoon 8th grade class today. We talked about restaurant jingles or food songs/sayings such as "two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese...." They started working on creating their own and setting them to a beat on this website, they loved it! I also shared with our music teacher. I will use this for several projects!

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  10. I learned about this in a workshop at last summer's ERev conference. I often use science/social studies songs to introduce a concept or to add some spice to a lesson. There is one song in particular that the kids loved last year called "Layers of the Earth", by Rhythm, Rhyme and Results.Lay. on Youtube. I can see using this song to introduce the concept and then having the kids use Incredibox to make their own. I can also see having the Avatar introduce a concept in any subject. The students might pay more attention if the Avatar introduced the concept instead of me!

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  11. As soon as I started reading today's post, I could picture several of my students who would love using this. This easily lends itself to introducing new concepts in content areas. We are currently studying poetry, and I think my kids would enjoy adding beats to their poetry.

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  12. This website it LOTS of fun. I have played with it and taught my students to use it as well. Earlier this year they created couplets and then used Incredibox to create a "rap" that they either performed live for the class or made a video of themselves performing. They really got into it and LOVED creating the various sounds.

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  13. I can also see several of my students learning to use this site. They already repeat phrases from past math teachers when doing things such as rounding so it seems to still with them.

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  14. We have a SOAR pledge that we recite each morning. Our first graders wanted to mix it up a bit and opted for a chant/song. I think the kids would really enjoy recording themselves and watching it play out on Incredibox.

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  15. I love to incorporate music in the classroom whenever possible. What a neat, new way of doing it! I often have students design songs to help memorize facts or processes in math. We already have one for factors and products and one for fractions. We also "mill to music" where students move around the room and find different partners when the music stops. It would seem so much more powerful if they were learning with their own raps while moving!

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  16. My kids just finished Romeo and Juliet balcony scene. I am going to have them use at least the two most famous parts of the dialogue and create a love song that Romeo may have sung to Juliet.

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  17. I can see this being a good tool to have students write review raps. They will be excited to use a new tool on the internet.

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  18. I have used this as one of my games of the week on my weebly website for my 5th graders. They loved playing with it, but now I see more uses for how they can use it for a background for their own compositions. We will be writing our own songs later in the year, and last year I used Ujam, which I like, but this might be another solution, with a little easier features for the younger students. They will be able to spend more time on their words and not worry so much about the background music!

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  19. Ha Ha. I love this program. The little characters are so cute and funny. I can see how kids would love this program.

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  20. My students are ALWAYS asking how they can make their own beats! Yay!

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  21. For an assignment - I had students make spirituals this year, but some of them wanted more control over their beats than the ones provided in Garage Band. This would do it.

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  22. This would be fun for poetry, songs, raps, any kind of musically-inclined learning! Many of my students like to use music to teach concepts to other students; many of them find things easier to digest this way. Incredibox offers a great opportunity for students to provide themselves a beat and background for information!

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  23. This would be great for older student to teach concepts to younger students using creativity and music to make it easier to understand and remember.

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  24. I have had some students fall in love with this! We have used it for some of my kiddos who are struggling with their multiplication facts.
    My after-school tech club kiddos have played around with this and added some videos to their Weebly sites.

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