Age Scale: 6+
Device: iPhone, iPod, and iPad (available on Google Play also!)
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What Educators Need to Know:
Our school will soon enter the Maker Movement with the addition and development of a true makerspace in our building. Exciting! But not every student will have access to this creative location every day. What to do? Combine our Makerspace To Go with some terrific apps on our iPads!
Crayola DJ is a great app to get students started in the creation process. It is especially appealing to those interested in music. And while the target age range is 6-10, I would argue that even older students would enjoy mixing tracks. While the options are minimal, it is very easy to create professional-sounding mixes.
Here’s how it works:
First, add a drum track. There are only a few to choose from, but I think this was a good plan. Too many options for such an important foundation could get confusing. Second, add looping a sound effect from one of five genres. Repeat this process on the second turntable. Slide the balance to make one turntable sound louder than the other. Change the tempo to create some variety. Add special effects to make your beat unique. Then produce your song and battle it out on the “stage” by scratching and adding a light show. Save the song and share it with family and friends!
You certainly don’t have to keep my basic guide handy when you use this app. A nice tutorial will lead you through the steps easily and help you produce something slick.
You might be thinking, “But what would I use this for?” We have done some terrific projects in the past by having students create original songs and/or jingles to advertise fictitious products in Health classes or points of interest in Social Studies. How awesome would it be for students to create original beats to use alongside these? The truth is, the students have these ideas in their heads. Why not allow them to produce something of professional quality!
I received a free copy of this app from Legacy Games, but my review and opinions are my own.