The awesome part of my job is that I get to work with teachers in all subject areas. As you may know my area of expertise is Mathematics and I love to dabble in robotics. I recently received a request from a Music teacher asking me to help them with a Chrome extension called Kami. The music teacher wanted his students to be able to hand write musical notes on the screen and annotate his class assignments.
I showed him exactly what he wanted to know, and in doing so I saw how he was creating his PDF assignments. He was using Microsoft Word and moving images of notes around to the proper note locations on a background image of the staff. I told him I knew a faster way to meet the same objective. He eagerly asked me to show him how and I introduced him to software called Flat.
Flat is a free online application that allows users to create musical scores, compositions, and allows for collaborative experiences. Students can work in real-time on the same sheet music can play back the music and also save MIDI files. But, for him, it would allow the easy creation of music that was otherwise very time consuming. We logged in to Flat using our Google credentials, created a new score in seconds, were able to export the work as a PDF, and finally, take a screen shot so he could embed the notes into his Google assignment. A bit overwhelmed at this huge leap, the teacher rehearsed the steps with me. He told me a week later how this new ability has changed his pedagogy. He can now have so much more interaction with his students as they compose, test, share and submit. He is very happy with his new found method of delivery! I can’t wait for our next meeting when I get to tell him about Soundtrap.