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.
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.