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21 March 2017 | Professionally Speaking T O O L S O F T H E T R A D E C O N N E C T I O N S ILLUSTRATION: ANNE CRESCI/COLAGENE ANIMATE IT! free trial! Software + camera + clay figures = movie magic! Introduce stop-motion animation with this intuitive app from Aardman, the Oscar-winning studio. Keep it short, sweet and simple for younger students, or push your older students' creative limits by explor- ing the built-in editing tools and scenery options. Grade: K to 12 Visit: animate-it.com MUSICNOTES Present students with sheet music for Lady Gaga's "Million Reasons" or Taylor Swift's "Bad Blood" and you're sure to generate some serious enthusi- asm. An eclectic database of more than 300,000 arrangements (for multiple instruments) means there's something to suit nearly every musical taste. Grade: K to 12 Visit: musicnotes.com ARTRAGE Break out every tool without breaking your art budget. With ArtRage, students can experiment using virtual ink, watercolour, oil paint and more — all with realistic effects. Plus, it's easy to co-ordinate group projects and share work online. Bonus: No messes to clean or supply closets to restock. Grade: K to 12 Visit: artrage.com SKETCHUP free trial! Challenge: Design an ideal home, or maybe an environmentally friendly school. With SketchUp — intuitive software developed for design professionals — students use a little math and a lot of imagination to create 3D objects that can be pushed, pulled and rotated. It's engineering that's both practical and fun. Grade: K to 12 Visit: sketchup.com PIXTON free trial! From the drama of Dr. Strange to the silliness of Captain Underpants, comics appeal to a wide range of students. With Pixton, you can assign your class the thrilling job of creating their own comic strips. The site lets them choose characters, costumes, settings, action and dialogue, frame by frame. Grade: K to 12 Visit: pixton.com SCIENCE OF MUSIC free! Why do our singing voices sound so good in the shower? Students can discover these answers to chin-stroking, music-related questions here, plus muck around with a variety of sounds: mix stomps, claps or the musicality of household items. It's the how, the why and the 'cool!' of musical learning. Grade: 6 to 12 Visit: exploratorium.edu/music CLASSICS FOR KIDS free! Tap into classroom-friendly classical compositions (such as Peter and the Wolf), podcasts and lesson plans perfect for your elementary-level musicians. There's even an instant classical composer page in the Games section, where students drag notes onto a blank staff, then hit play to hear their creations. Grade: K to 5 Visit: classicsforkids.com DESTINATION MODERN ART free! If a field trip to a Manhattan museum is a hair outside the budget, consider clicking on Destination Modern Art. This site lets children direct animated creatures on a virtual tour of the MoMA. Point-and-click narration explores an art centre, Pablo Picasso's Three Musicians, the Wassily Chair and plenty more. Grade: K to 3 Visit: mo.ma/2gjgF2Z The arts and technology are like Canada Day and fireworks. Each is great on its own, but together — they spark something spectacular. Check out these eight ideas for how to use tech to launch a little creativity in the classroom. BY MELISSA CAMPEAU For best practices in technology, consult the College's professional advisory Use of Electronic Communication and Social Media (oct-oeeo.ca/taxqrg).