Teacher Review For GarageBand

GarageBand is ideal for recording voice tracks for digital storytelling.

Kim B.
Technology coordinator
Decatur High School
Decatur, GA
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My Grades 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts, Social Studies
My Rating 3
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 3
Support 2
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Creation
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
We train students that Pre-Production and Post-Production take the longest. So students must have their ideas and script ready to go before recording their voice in a GarageBand Podcast. The instructions for setting your GarageBand file is on a one-page instruction sheet, OR student may watch the video tutorial for setup. Then they are given one class period to lay their recording and make any edits before exporting the voice track file to be then used in a larger iMovie project with images.
My Take
Since the student voice is the MOST important part of a digital storytelling multimedia project, using GarageBand is ideal for laying the voice track. With project that require multi pieces of research and analysis, 'recording your voice track in GarageBand' can be easily added to the project timeline and serve as a stepping stone for keeping a project moving when students work independently.