Bringing Garageband into the classroom via the iPad is a no brainer. Kids WANT this and there needs to be more education in the classroom that A) Kids want to learn and that is reflective of their interests and B) Implement devices and technology that they will without doubt, be using not only when they graduate but while they’re actually in class!
The world’s changing faster than ever before. The personal computing device and the Internet’s broken the barriers on many levels. We can navigate distances worldwide, recognize and become educated about foreign cultures, communicate at speeds faster than light yet in the classroom, we’re still teaching “old school” methodologies (pun intended). This has to be amended and it’s not a difficult task. All it takes is some financing, and re~thinking of the way we educate. Respect from our students comes via equality in communications. While as teachers we need to assume responsibility for the students learning, we also need to employ an empathetic overview of what the student wants to learn and assimilate a 21st Century mindset in order to do so. If computing is not viewed as an important educational asset by teachers, for students, then we have a BIG problem. How will students possible take their teachers seriously if the teachers are not hip to what’s “really” going on?
This is not to say that GarageBand is what’s really going on. Or is it? Worldwide college studies have determined than a musical education stimulates parts of the brain that deal with problem solving, mathematics, and through association alone (use of computers), IT development and managerial attributions.
Apple has recently made Garageband and iMovie free. Take it from a company like Apple, who’s strategy was to provide schools and students discounts on their products to help ensure that kids were “brought up” using Apple products, that the same theories are being planted with the use of their software. The exception in this case being, kids will have a chance now (for free) at a very young age to explore their creativity by using Apps that assist them easily and that propagate products (music and video) essential to 21 century lifestyles and development.
Apple’s iMovie. Now, a free download.
Kids who begin learning on GarageBand eventually upgrade to Logic Pro X. The same is true for kids learning on iMovie . . . Soon enough they’ll advance forward to Final Cut Pro X