Taking music lessons in school to the neXt level. As teachers struggle to grasp onto the subject of Ed Tech and come to terms with technology in the classroom, we’re making the plea just a little bit easier to wrap their heads around. By offering cross curricular workshops, slowly but surely we’re giving teachers hints on how to maximize their 21 C integration of tablets in the grade 2-8 classroom. Moreover, we’re enabling these teachers in fun and inspirational ways! Our latest workshop asks students to bring in examples of their favorite people, things and/or life experiences. Using GarageBand on the iPad, we discuss some properties of music such as Mood, Tempo, and Pitch as to their relation not only with music, but with the students feelings about their chosen subject. What rhythms are best suited to represent a “happy” feeling? What does “scary” sound like exactly? Is there a sound that we can link to a “silly” feeling? Who’s more likely to have a “high” pitched voice, an elephant or a squirrel? We begin by layering Apple Loops and finding sounds that represent the feelings of the student and by doing so, invoke critical thinking. Students are divided into groups of two so that they’re collaborating and discussing their ideas. The individual thoughts of kids, combined with pictures brought from home, are then assembled into iMovie or PowerPoint and accompanied by the 30 second piece of music they’ve created using GarageBand. The result is a musical slide show, created by the children that’s representative of their favorite people, things and/or experiences. Video footage of workshops such as this will be posted here in April 2014.