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Make Cycle 2 Wrap-Up:The Human Soundscape

Sound Off!

Screen Shot 2015-02-14 at 4.20.28 PMAs we wrap up the second make cycle of Remix, Remake and Curate, we want to thank everyone for sharing their unique “I am From” poems, thinking about all things sound and using the SoundSee App to visualize and remix their voices. As we continue into the next make cycle, Storying Our Natural Science, we hope that you will continue to tinker with SoundSee and write more poetry as we think about how our bodies make, interpret and visualize sound.

So far during this make cycle we have seen some awesome creations and ideas. Let’s take a moment to highlight some of this week’s awesome posts:

  • Walt Gurley got us started of with some great demonstrations of SoundSee and helped us all to see what the possibilities are in this new App.
  • Micah Graves gave a great demonstration of expression through spoken word.
  • We saw several students posting “I am From” poems that extended the soundscape by blending their voice with music/beats.
  • Dakota Williams posted a great “I am from” poem that incorporated a background music track.
  • Rodneisha Morings breaks down her process of remixing her “I am from” poem remake using SoundSee and Incredibox Beatmaker to create multilayered piece.
  • Rob Puckett and his students had a great time participating in the Google hangout. Students talked about how sound affects them, their moods and emotions. They made a beat circle recording of their nature words and sounds from the previous make cycle’s nature poem activity. They also read their Nature Poems into the SoundSee app to see what their voice patterns looked like. Playing with the app to manipulate their voices was a highlight of the experience.
  • Third-graders in Coni Clark’s classroom analyzed sounds in nature and created haikus based on those sounds.  Then, they added sound effects using their voices and bodies to bring their poems to life.

The MOOC moves on!

New facilitators will take over tomorrow with new activities, tools, and challenges.  We encourage you to keep making and posting your spoken word poetry and audio files created in SoundSee to #ivizsci. Continue to use SoundSee and think of new ways to create and share on Twitter and G+. We would love for you to share your own ideas and resources to inspire others to do the same. Just use the #vizsci category in Google+ and the #imakesci & #ivizsci hashtags on Twitter.  Feel free to linger for the next five weeks exploring the Human Scoundscape and the wonders of sound or push ahead into the next make cycle.  This is your MOOC experience–it’s up to you!

As we wind up, we hope you will reflect on the make cycle using the following questions to think through the make cycle and all that you have accomplished:

    • What was interesting or surprised you? Why?
    • What aspects were difficult? Why?
    • What aspects were (un)comfortable? Why?
    • What’d you learn about self? Others? Sound(s)?
    • How did visualizing your voice alter your perception of just hearing your voice?
    • What else do you want to learn or connect to in relation to this cycle?
    • How do the ideas in this make cycle connect to other subject areas or ideas?

As a reminder, here are some places to share and connect:

  • Join our Google+ Community, Remix, Remake, Curate. Post your thoughts, questions, ideas, and especially your young people’s work here. Record student poetry, share their observations, let them see what other kids are doing, and share feedback to their work.
  • On Twitter, we encourage you to follow and use the #imakesci hashtag. Keep using #ivizsci if you’re continuing to make or share resources related to visualizing sound.
  • If you have a blog, you can make and create in your own digital space and share to the community on Twitter with the #imakesci hashtag or the G+ community Remix, Remake, Curate.

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Coming up

Look out for the Make Cycle 3: Storying Natural Science (#inatsci) newsletter tomorrow–Sunday, February 15.  We’re excited to roll out this new make cycle next week that focuses on how and why we tell stories about the natural world.  As always, we’re happy to help you think through technology sticky points, fuzzy ideas, potential collaborations, and classroom implementations. Just let us know how we can help!


Danielle Lewis, Walt Gurley, Rob Puckett, Coni Clark and Micah Graves

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