EarSketch isn't a simple tool, but it offers tremendous potential for teachers who want to really bring STEAM into their classrooms. It goes way beyond the common maze-based games that students often start with to learn coding and dives straight into using code to create brand-new media. It's also inextricably linked to self-expression and to creating music. Since coding doesn't interest all students, EarSketch has great potential to hook students with a passion for music and editing. They'll see a whole new way to use code.
The approach to teaching and learning is systematic and builds knowledge step by step with hands-on projects. For teachers who don't have a lot of experience with media creation and/or coding, the curriculum is clear and pretty easy to teach with a little advance planning. The interface might be daunting at first, but once you dive into the walk-through, it's doable. Plus, it offers some music theory and copyright information, which is a bonus. So, if you can get students past the initial learning curve, they'll likely find EarSketch a challenging, rewarding tool.
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