Me: A Work of Arts

Creative Communicator, Innovative Designer
Me: A Work of Arts

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The learner will use a Google Slide template to create an “All About Me” using photos, artwork, etc. They will then create a song (score) using Incredibox to go along with their slide. When finished, they will present to the class. This could also be done on Microsoft PowerPoint.

Students will:

  • Be able to make a copy of a Google Slide template.
  • Be able to copy & paste photos, artwork, clipart, and text to the Google Slide.
  • Be able to use Incredibox to create an a capella song/score that best describes what their slide is about using vocals, beat, sound effects, and rhythm.
  • Be able to play the song with their Google Slide presentation.
  • Be able to SHARE the presentation with the teacher.
  • Be able to present the presentation to the class.

Vocabulary Words:

  1. Composition:  A composition is a work of music, literature, or art.
     
  2. A Capella:  A capella is singing without musical accompaniment.
     
  3. Score:  A score is original music that is created to go along with a story, whether told in words or pictures.
     
  4. Ensemble:  An ensemble is a group of musicians who perform together.

To prepare for this lesson:

  • Create a Google Slide (or Powerpoint Presentation) “All About Me” for students to fill in, or use this template.
     
  • Watch the demo Incredibox video to learn how to use Incredibox.
     
  • Visit the  Incredibox for Schools website.  Explore. Note: This is a free trial and then you will decide which option to go with. The school option allows the students to save and share their created songs. 
     
  • The teacher will need to set up a “Classroom” for the students.  This way they can save their created songs and share them.
     
  • The teacher will need to print out the login information for each student or send it to them.
     
  • Watch this amazing version of a song using real students.
     
  • It should be an easy prep. The teacher should be comfortable with allowing students to experiment with the program as they work to create a mix that can be the soundtrack to their Google Slide presentation. There are various “genres” of musical styles for the user to drag & drop onto the group. 
     
  • It is recommended that you have the students do their Google Side (Powerpoint Presentation) before you introduce them to Incredibox. That way they have the opportunity to know what they are creating a soundtrack for, and they won’t get “lost in the “playing” in Incredibox.

Note: Changes are being made to Incredibox on a somewhat yearly basis.

See the Accommodations Page and Charts on the 21things4student website in the Teacher Resources. 

Directions for this activity:

  1. Have the students create their Google Slide presentation by cutting and pasting pictures into the picture frames and inserting their information.
     
  2. The students will watch the demo Incredibox video.
     
  3. The teacher will take them to Incredibox for Schools and walk them through it. The teacher should pass out login information that was sent to them when they entered the teacher’s class.
     
  4. The teacher will allow the students a class time to experiment with and create a song on Incredibox that can be used as the soundtrack to their completed Google Slide.
     
  5. The students will present a final product to the class using the completed Google Slide and the Incredibox song created as a background soundtrack.

Different options for assessing the students:

  • Observations
  • Check for understanding
  • A final project will be shared live using a Google Slide or PowerPoint Presentation) and the Incredibox soundtrack created.
  • A reflection could be assigned by the teacher that would allow the students to share their thoughts/feelings about how the Incredibox soundtrack enhanced or did not enhance their Google Slide presentation and how it connected to their life snapshot.

MITECS: Michigan adopted the "ISTE Standards for Students" called MITECS (Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students) in 2018.

Creative Communicator
1.6.b Original and Remixed Works
Students create original works or responsibly repurpose or remix digital resources into new creations.

Innovative Designer
4a.  Know and use a deliberate design process for generating ideas, testing theories, creating innovative artifacts, or solving authentic problems.

Device: PC, Chromebook, Mac, iPad

Browser: Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Edge, ALL

App, Extension, or Add-on:

Websites:
Google Slides Template

Incredibox

Incredibox for Schools Website

Incredibox Real Life Student Example

Incredibox Video Tutorial

 

CONTENT AREA RESOURCES

ART.M.II.4.5 Use a variety of traditional and non-traditional sound sources and electronic media when composing, arranging, and improvising appropriate to 4th grade -12th.

Students learn more about technology competencies.

Credits
This task card was created by Nancy Blount, Hesperia Community Schools, October 2023.