Teacher Review For GarageBand

Great for more than just music

Katie K.
Classroom teacher
Common Sense Media
San Francisco, CA
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My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 4
Support 5
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Further application
Homework
Individual
Practice
Student-driven work
Great with ELL
General
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I would use GarageBand for providing audio feedback for student digital creations, for explaining in-depth assignments, reviewing word problem solutions, and so much more. I know using GarageBand as a supplement could greatly benefit ELL students and any student who could use auditory support to synthesize the visual way most information and assignments are presented.
My Take
GarageBand is an excellent tool for composing, editing, and mixing music and original songs. But I've found that it's an application that has even more educational uses than I originally realized. Students can use GarageBand to record voiceovers in the background while they are using other apps as a way to outline the steps of what they are doing or talk through their thinking. Having this audio model or recording to jog their memory can help students solidify the knowledge and skills.