While we are talking catechesis and technology, let’s not forget your students who are musically talented – or want to be! More and more, music is a part of our world: online, in iPods, over speakers and live. ThumbJam is one of those apps most people can probably live without – but some of us can’t live without it.
The free app for iPod Touch, iPad and iPhone gives you over 40 instrument sounds, the ability to change key, change style of music, create loops, record your music session for sharing and much more. You can also upgrade to the paid app and have the ability to record your own voice over your original music and many more features. A complete users guide to all features is accessible online at http://thumbjam.com/usersguide.
Watch this demonstration to get an idea of how easy it is to use ThumbJam to create music:
Are your students engaged in digital age learning? Are they creating original work to express their thoughts and feelings? Are you engaging students who are auditory learners? Let ThumbJam be one of the Web 2.0 tools in your catechetical toolbox for the musically-inclined in your class or ministry. When your students create videos and podcasts, let their original ThumbJam creations provide the background music. Let ThumbJam music provide a starting point for discussion of the evolution of sacred music used in liturgical settings. Challenge your students to discover a syle of music that they believe enhances prayer anad worship, to create a short composition that illustrates this, and then ask the rest of the class to write about their response to this music.
Enough about my creative ideas. I’d love to hear about how you use ThumbJam in your catechetical setting!