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Voicemod Text-to-Song: Compose a Song about a Class Concept

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Tech Product/Equipment:
Computer and projector, Mobile devices for students, Computer, Speakers

Activity Description

Voicemod
Source: Voicemod by Voicemod (License: CC0/Public Domain)
 
In this activity, appropriate for any course or level, students create a song to demonstrate their understanding of a class concept, whether it's math or grammar. After writing brief lyrics explaining their learning in their own words, students use a text-to-song AI tool to make a song that serves as a mnemonic device and allows students to practice digital skills.

Preparation

  1. Check the website to ensure it is not blocked at your site.
  2. Read through the lesson plan.
  3. Print and make copies of any handouts.
  4. Practice using the site before demonstrating it for students.

How-To

  1. Open a web browser and navigate to https://www.voicemod.net/text-to-song/.
  2. Select "Generate Song FREE."
  3. Scroll to hear previews of songs. Select a preferred song genre.
  4. Select "next" in the bottom right to go to next step.
  5. Scroll to preview singers. Select the preferred singer. 
  6. Select "next" in the bottom right to go to next step.
  7. Type in or copy and paste in your lyrics. Note that space is limited. 
  8. Scroll to give your song a different name, optionally.
  9. Select "Create Song" in the bottom right.
  10. At this point, you will be prompted to create an account or log in.
  11. Wait for the song to be rendered. Listen. 
  12. Once the song is rendered, edit lyrics, as desired.
  13. Select to download just the audio or download the video. The song can also be saved to the gallery.

Teacher Tips

Create a sample song as a model for explaining the assignment and setting expectations, as well as for anticipating student challenges in using the site.

More Ways

This tool can be used in many ways for students to express themselves creatively, from poetry writing to introducing themselves or writing about their goals. Just keep in mind that the site doesn't allow for long texts. Rendered songs are not longer than 60 seconds.

Also, the site does allow for uploads of audio (e.g., singing). Select "Create Conent" at https://tuna.voicemod.net/upload-sound. Instead of "Create a Song," select "Upload a Sound." Note that the site allows only 45 seconds of a recording. Trim the uploaded file by setting start and end time, as desired. Give the song a title, ad category, tags, and description, optionally. Upload an image to accompany the song, and then choose "Upload."

Program Areas

  • ABE: Adult Basic Education
  • ESL: English as a Second Language

Levels

  • All Levels
  • All Levels

Lesson Plan

Warm-up
Engagement Enhancement

Review whatever course content has been taught with a quiz using a site such as Quizziz, Kahoot!, Quizlet Live, Bamboozle, Jeopardy Labs, or other preferred formative assessment/game site.

Introduction
Engagement

Tell students that they are going to compose a "work of art" by creating a memory device to help them never forget an important concept from the class.

Presentation
Enhancement

Ask students if they have any special memory techniques, whether that they created themselves or that they have been taught. You may choose to talk about different types of memory and learning/retention strategies.

 

Tell students about mnemonic devices. You can use this definition:

A mnemonic, also known as a memory aid, is a tool that helps you remember an idea or phrase with a pattern of letters, numbers, or relatable associations. Mnemonic devices include special rhymes and poems, acronyms, images, songs, outlines, and other tools. Mnemonic (pronounced ni-mon-ik) is derived from the Greek  hrase mimn─ôskesthai meaning to “remember.” (source: https://literaryterms.net/mnemonic/)

 

Help students understand mnemonic devices by giving examples. A few are the following. Replace these and/or add your own.

 

For the colors of the rainbow: Roy G. Biv and Richard Of York Gave Battle In Vain for the colors of the spectrum (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet).

 

Names of the Great Lakes: HOMES - Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie, Superior

 

Order of operations in pre-algebra meaning: PEMDAS – Please excuse mdear Aunt Susie. = Parentheses, exponents, multiplication, division, adding, and subtraction.

The lines of the treble clef in music  EGBDF -  Every Good Boy Does Fine = The bottom line is E, then G, B, D, & F

 

Ask students to share other mnemonic devices they know.

 

Optionally, show images for visual mnemonic devices. 

 

Practice
Engagement Enhancement

Working individually, in pairs, or small groups, assign or have students choose a term or concept from the recent lesson.

Demonstrate some ideas for how to create a mnemonic, whether an acronmym, jingle, or rhyme.

Give students time to write a short (one to three sentences) for whatever mnemonic they are assigned or have chosen. Provide feedback on content and mechanics.

Tell students that they are now going to create a simple music video using an online tool. Demonstrate how to use Voicemod with the steps provided. Have students work together or individually on computer or devices. You may choose to have them download just the audio file or the video file. Have students share the files with you via your preferred method (e.g., email attachment or submission in an LMS). 

 

Evaluation
Enhancement

Compile students' work into a shared folder or on a website. As time allows, let students share and explain their work. Optionally, have a class vote on the best music video, most creative, most musically talented, etc.

Application
Extension

Students will use a learning and memory strategy that they can apply to other content, subjects, and areas of their lives while using creativity and exercising digital literacy while making language choices.

Subjects

  • Math
    • Conversions
    • Decimals
    • Fractions
    • Geometry
    • Percentages
    • Pre-Algebra
    • Proportions
    • Whole Number Skills
  • Reading
    • Critical Thinking/Decision Making
    • Learning to Learn
    • Vocabulary
  • Reasoning Through Language Arts
    • Mechanics (Capitalization, Punctuation, Spelling)
  • Writing
    • Basic Sentences
    • Mechanics (Capitalization, Punctuation, Spelling)
    • Paragraph Skills
    • Report Writing

Standards

  • Writing
    • CCR Anchor 5 - Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.
    • CCR Anchor 6 - Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others.
  • Language
    • CCR Anchor 1 - Demonstrate command of the conventions of English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
    • CCR Anchor 2 - Demonstrate command of the conventions of English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.

Tags

Grammar, Listening, Math, Reading, Writing, comprehension, fun, lyrics, music, project, song, text-to-song generator, writing, Voicemod, AI, artificial intelligence

Tools

Voicemod text-to-song

Creative Commons License

CC BY
CC BY: This license allows reusers to distribute, remix, adapt, and build upon the material in any medium or format, so long as attribution is given to the creator. The license allows for commercial use.

Conditions

See https://tuna.voicemod.net/terms-of-use. Your account is personal to you and you are not permitted to transfer, lend or share your account with any other person. You agree to take all steps necessary to protect your account log in details and keep them secret. You agree not to give your login details to anyone else or allow anyone else to use your account.
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OTAN activities are funded by contract CN220124 from the Adult Education Office, in the Career & College Transition Division, California Department of Education, with funds provided through Federal P.L., 105-220, Section 223. However, OTAN content does not necessarily reflect the position of that department or the U.S. Department of Education.