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Soundscape Directions

Directions:
Fill in the required portions of this document. Be sure to save it. You will submit this file with a
link to your soundscape.
1. The introduction include just a few of the many ideas for soundscapes to get you thinking
creatively. Now it is your turn. Brainstorm a minimum of three soundscape ideas in
different content areas. You should treat this activity as if you are the teacher. You are
creating a project you would have your students do. The soundscape you create will be an
example which you can use in your future pedagogy.
Content Area:
Math
Science
Reading
Technology

Soundscape Idea:
Sounds of thinking, reading, machinery.
The universe, biology, evolution, entropy. Science can be loud,
quiet, and unforgiving.
The sound of pages turning, mellow thoughts, the quietness of
the library.
Expansion, progress, beeping, buzzing, gears turning.

1. Choose the idea you like the most. Write a brief summary of your idea. I would like to do a
topic related to science. I was thinking about the whole concept of the universe, from the
big bang to the creation of the planets and solar system. Most likely, I will incorporate
guitar, bass and drums. The universe began violently, and fast, so I would like to
incorporate loud sounds, and quiet, to represent the chaos of space and time.
2. Identify the grade level, content area, and standards.
Grade level:
5

Content area(s):
Science

Standards:
1. Apply an understanding of
atomic and molecular structure
to explain the properties of
matter, and predict outcomes of
chemical and nuclear reactions.
2. Apply an understanding of
atomic and molecular structure
to explain the properties of
matter, and predict outcomes of
chemical and nuclear reactions

3. Brainstorm what sounds you feel should be included in this soundscape. (A bit of a project
outline)
I have a ton of guitar pedals that make different sounds. I was thinking of using a looper, a
tremolo, and an echo pedal to get a majority of the sounds that I would like to incorporate
into the project. There needs to be louder sounds, and more mellow quiet sounds. This can
be achieved by strumming the guitar harder or lighter. Also, the drums can be used to
express loud and poignant sounds like time and space.

4. Now, create your soundscape. As you create, save your citations.


Citations: I made and recorded all of this myself, there are no citations necessary.

Requirements:
Minimum of 60 seconds and a maximum of five minutes
Quality editing (smooth transitions between clips, sound level is even - it doesnt fluctuate
dramatically)
Creativity
Accuracy (content and grammatical)
Citations
Due on Monday, 11-21-16 at 11:59PM
Once your soundscape is complete, paste the link here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?
v=cGHtVpr9o-Q
You will also need to post your soundscape to your ePortfolio.

How to Information:
1. You can use audio clips from free sound effects and music sites such as SoundBible and
Free Play Music. Remember copyright and fair use when creating your soundscape. Many
short audio clips from popular songs, movies, speeches, etc. used for educational
purposes can be reproduced.
2. The Library of Congress has access to many historical speeches and other audio files.
3. Use your personal mobile device or computer to record unique sound files (reading a story,
singing, voice overs, etc.)
4. To edit your files and create a cohesive soundscape, you can use an iDevice and
GarageBand. GarageBand is also available on the Macs in the McKee lab.
There is free audio editing software for any computer. Audacity is commonly used in K-12
schools and is rather easy to use. http://audacity.sourceforge.net/
5. Load your finished file to YouTube, add the link to this document, and load it to your
ePortfolio.
6. Save plenty of time for creation to account for technical difficulties and/or the need for
help.
Audacity:
Sourceforge tutorial
YouTube tutorial: part 1 and part 2
GarageBand:
Tutorial 1
There are many videos available on using GarageBand and Audacity. Just Google whatever you
need.