Social networking in music class and YouTube alternatives

The curriculum at The School is thoughtful, intentional, and super integrated. Currently, the 7th grade is engaged in a study of Benin and West Africa: they study population, diseases, and statistics in Math and Science, historical and political movements in Social Studies, they read Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart in English, play African group sports in Wellness, and they examine African Art and West African music.

David Gordon, music teacher extraordinaire, wanted his music students to extend their in-class discussion of West African Music outside of their physical classroom walls. I set up a group on our in-house Elgg social network for this interaction to occur. For the record, we named our social network The Social Network over four years ago. Take that, Columbia Pictures.

David’s first published blog post contains a list of alternatives to YouTube. I am constantly reinforcing the importance of searching for share-alike, legal, licensed music. We talked (or rather, I talked) about how important it is to be ethical and legal and honor people’s intentions when it comes to sharing their work.

Below are the sites I offered the kids for now (suggestions would be greatly appreciated):

http://commons.wikimedia.org/
http://www.jamendo.com/
http://blip.fm
http://last.fm
http://pandora.com
http://we7.com
http://archive.org/details/netlabels
http://listen.grooveshark.com

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