How I Use It
GB is a great tool to quickly engage the students in creating some audio. They love the loops and magic Garage Band builders within the program. Students are instantly drawn to the ease of use and the lively familiar tunes they can create. It is easy to get students to build and tweak an audio work for just about any use. The intermediate and advanced students love the ability to plug in microphones, external instruments, or even to work with MIDI files. GB has lots of levels for differentiation, and allows students to deepen learning right within the app. Students can do basic soundtrack construction, audio recording for voice-overs, or sound effects. This tool is great for teaching kids the importance of creating original works for videos, presentations, or speeches. Creating original works stresses good Digital Citizenship skills, attention to intellectual privacy rights, and introduces the concept of plagiarism/piracy in the digital era. GB is a great add-on when asking students to produce original multimedia works, and stresses the need to be creative problem solvers through every facet of their work.
Garage Band is an excellent addition to the iLife suite of tools from Apple. Many times, students want a solution to produce voice recordings, edit levels, or chop up clips. GB does that for them and more. My students use GB as a creation platform. They do many presentations through their 9th grade year, and each time they are asked to use audio clips in the public domain, marked as 'fair-use', or original works. Garage Band allows them to quickly and easily construct audio that does not violate any copyright law or intellectual property rights. My students love the interface, it is easy to learn, and has versatility in exporting files. Students quickly find that original audio that is specifically built for a project offer better returns to the audience, increase their level of engagement, and satisfy their projects objectives more clearly. Highly recommended.