Get your words on the dance floor with Font de Music

March 23, 2011

Sometimes, the tools we stumble upon are just a way to add a little fun into the classroom. Font de Music takes a short sentence and adds a musical backing track, then makes the letters do a little dance to the music. It’s a simple, fun site with some possibilities for examining how multimedia and text influences our thinking around design choices.

Turn your words into songs with Let Them Sing It for You

March 17, 2011

You may have heard about text-to-speech programs, but how about text-to-song? Let Them Sing It for You is a site that turns user text into a song montage. Sure, it’s odd and entertaining, but this site may provide another way to get students excited about poetry and writing.

History for Music Lovers teaches historical events in song

January 28, 2011

At History for Music Lovers, popular songs are transformed into history lessons with a humorous twist. Topics like The Black Plague (sung to Gwen Stefani) and the French Revolution (Lady Gaga) are featured in this collection of homemade videos by two Hawaii teachers.

Bring classic radio programs into your class with RadioLovers

December 20, 2010

RadioLovers has archived old radio shows from the pre-television days. Bob Hope, Groucho Marx, and Laurel and Hardy are just a few among the classic voices kept alive at this site, which features free downloads of the files in MP3 format.

They Might Be Giants "Here Comes Science" — Catchy tunes, catchy concepts

September 14, 2010

Here Comes Science by They Might Be Giants is a wonderful CD featuring 19 songs covering various important science concepts with catchy melodies and lyrics. From the songs “The Bloodmobile” to “Meet the Elements” to “I am a Paleontologist,” you are sure to find a song that addresses your science curriculum.

JamStudio helps even non-musicians compose songs

April 20, 2010

BY KEVIN HODGSON I’m convinced there’s a songwriter in everyone, if only we could lower the hurdles for creating the music to go with our songs. Not everyone has the dedication to put in years of practice to learn an … Continued

Random roundup: Library of Congress

June 17, 2009

For this month’s random roundup, we’ve selected the Library of Congress, our nation’s storehouse of pretty much everything worth knowing. As you’d expect, a lot of great resources for teachers have been derived from the Library. See your tax dollars at work.