COVID-19 has changed the education landscape, causing many schools to close in an effort to keep students, families, and communities safe and healthy. School closures have resulted in a widespread transition to distance learning, which has tasked many administrators and educators with finding creative ways to keep students engaged and achieving. The situation is rapidly evolving each day, with more and more school leaders making difficult decisions, and our goal at Soundtrap is to continue our support of teachers and learners by providing helpful resources and removing some of the uncertainty involved in planning for the next few months of schooling.
In response to current needs, we have decided to make Soundtrap for Education free, on an extended trial basis, for any school that signs up to try it with students this semester. Free access will apply to all schools that register for a trial account, including those that are not currently closed or directly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Our team will work with educators to ensure access to our studio continues through the end of their semester.
Using Soundtrap, teachers and students can create, communicate, and collaborate to explore creative sound making through audio stories, music creation, podcasting, literacy training, and more. The cloud-based studio offers a safe learning environment that can be accessed via any device, at any time, from any location.
Steps for Getting Started with Soundtrap in Distance Learning Situations
Step 1: Create a free school trial account at www.soundtrap.com/edu
- Select ‘Start as a Teacher’ to set up your trial account
- All new trial accounts will get free access to Soundtrap for Education until the end of the term/semester
- All trial accounts will be given 500 seats by default
Step 2: Invite others or roster students with one of the following methods:
- Google Classroom integration, click here for instructions
- Invite by group code, click here for instructions
Congratulations! You have registered your users on Soundtrap!
Step 3: Start incorporating Soundtrap into your classes!
- Soundtrap lesson plans that are adaptable for distance learning (Remember, Soundtrap is not just for musicians – ideas for integrating Soundtrap into ALL content areas here)
- Supporting curriculum for creating podcasts with your class
- Rubrics for Assessing Audio: Podcasting Rubrics, Music-Making Rubrics, and others!
- Other distance learning resources from partners doing great things with Soundtrap: The Shed, Little Kids Rock, Music Technology Teacher Network, Noteflight, Flat.io, NAfME, and Future DJs.
Step 4: The following are essential skills to review:
- Create and manage student accounts
- Collaboration features
- Create a quick, easy project with a few tracks/loop library
- Create an assignment
Step 5: Support and Community
- Please check out our support portal. Most solutions can be found there before contacting support!
- Join our Soundtrap Community and contribute to the conversation
- Join the Soundtrap for Education Facebook Page (vetted educators only!)
*Need some inspiration? Share student examples to inspire your students and/or colleagues:
- Students in Maine Using Soundtrap to Accomplish International Necessity
- Wisconsin Students Capture Senior Citizen Stories Using Soundtrap
- Choice and Voice Through Student Podcasting in a San Francisco High School
- Finding a Portal into the Recording World for Uganda Students Using Soundtrap
**Technical Requirements – To be able to use Soundtrap effectively, students and teachers need a stable internet connection and a computer or tablet. Chrome OS, Windows, iOS and Android devices are all supported. The easiest way to access Soundtrap is through a web browser.