Now that I have some breathing space, I just wanted to share some thoughts on my grade 8 Tech unit on mashups. Students had to create a mashup of existing content following fair use policy and changing the intent of the original. They could decide to use video, audio, still image or a combination. Overall the students worked well with several attempting to be the next powerful DJ.
They encountered some stumbling blocks when trying to mix songs with different bpms. Several students searched for stems of song instead, or looked for instrumentals and a capellas. Software used for this was GarageBand or Audacity. Those using film, simply used iMovie and those with images, used Photoshop.
Overall, I was pleased, as the task is much more difficult than it sounds. Here is an excellent example of my student Ellen, mashing The Lion King with audio from Rise of the Planet of the Apes, resulting in “Rise of the Lion King.”
If you are thinking about developing this type of unit, one thing to keep in mind is that you need to require the students to provide evidence of the source material used, as well as screenshots of the files in their relevant programs. This is simply to provide evidence that they actually created the product themselves. Alan Levine’s ds106 site is awesome with some great project ideas too.