So I found a cheeky little app that I think could be really useful for engaging young people and helping them to have fun whilst summarising themselves. This discovery is Ditty. Winner of the Music App of the Year, named by WIRED magazine as #DOPE and in the Top10 downloads in 124 countries, it is definitely worth thinking about how educators could integrate this into their curriculum.
Ditty sings whatever you type and users can personalise their video, music, and message. To date, more than 100 million dittys have been made. The app comes from Zya, a leading global music technology company founded to "break down the walls of music creation and expression" and is led by multi-Grammy Award-winning producer/songwriter and former Chairman/CEO of Virgin Records Matt Serletic.
The mantra is simple: YOU TEXT. DITTY SINGS! MAKE EVERY MESSAGE A HIT.
So how might this be useful in education I hear you ask? Well, you type a message of 50 characters (this means you have to be creative and purposeful in your use of language - why use 140 characters when you can use 50?!) and choose your tune or jingle - there are millions to choose from - and then watch the text be transformed and sang to the melody. For teachers, this means that any short fact or instruction can become a catchy song which is way more likely to grab the attention of your students. Teachers of all shapes and sizes have been trying this and even the ever-contemporary MrPICT has written some at https://goo.gl/Sbe5Wa. More great Maths examples can be found at https://goo.gl/DgGj9d.
I am also really intrigued as to how students might use Ditty to record their views. How can detail be achieved in 50 characters? Which grammar mistakes can be made?! How many GIFs could be redesignated for the classroom?
Go and give Ditty and try and post your comments below as to how it's revolutionised your classroom (or even just your own Social Media pages, like mine!)