MODULE 5 OVERVIEW

MODULE CHECK IN

Code that remix. Students finish coding their remix of Entrepreneur and use their "voice" to embed a unique message to advance racial equity. They will focus on themes of equity and racial injustice as they complete their 30 second to three minute song in EarSketch. 

OBJECTIVE

Students will code a song in EarSketch remixing stems from Pharrell’s song Entrepreneur that uses their “voice” (or includes a message) to promote equity.

MAKE BEATS

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Copyright is a portion of law that covers ownership of creative work, such as music. It is important to musicians because it defines how another person's work can be used and shared. 

If you create a musical work that is tangible and new, you have an automatic copyright - meaning you have rights over the work you created.

LEARN CODE

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Debugging is the process of finding and fixing bugs, errors made by the programmer

You can upload your own sounds through EarSketch in the sound browser, just click add your own sound.

You can record or upload sounds with a Creative Commons License in EarSketch

PROMOTE EQUITY

We can work to promote and advance racial equity by building our awareness of racial injustice, engaging in analysis of ourselves, systems, and others, and taking action to fight for a more just world!

Incorporate existing code, media, and libraries into original programs, and give attributions (6-8)

Create procedures with parameters to organize code and make it easier to reuse (6-8)

Create prototypes that use algorithms to solve computational problems by leveraging prior student knowledge and personal interests.

Design and iteratively develop computational artifacts for practical intent, personal expression, or to address a societal issue by using events to initiate instructions (9-10)

Use and adapt classic algorithms to solve computational problems(11-12)

Complete all student work in the notebook as a student:

Review the OUTKAST Imagination Rubric, read the Verse 3 lyrics, and watch the video, Verse 3 (Part 2) - Decoded.

Review information on Copyright and Attribution.

Review the EarSketch platform. Practice uploading your own sounds or choosing a sound from FreeSound.

Review the Student Voice rubric. Think about how you can help your students build on their learning and craft their message to promote equity.

Review the RocketJudge submission form. Make sure the site is approved for your students. Practice the submission process.

Duplicate the Day 5 Exit Ticket Form to prepare for class.

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Print and distribute (or post in online resources/Google Classroom) “Your Voice is Power” Student Workbook

The Teacher Guide follows the Student Workbook

Day 4 includes pages 20-22 of the Student Workbook

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All students will need to have access to a computer with an internet connection. EarSketch will not work on mobile devices. The site earsketch.gatech.edu will need to be whitelisted by your district IT department.

DOWNLOADABLE RESOURCES

RECOMMENDED PACING

0 - 10 minutes: Engage - Lyric Analysis

10 - 30 minutes: Explore - Call to Action & Reflection

30 - 50 minutes: Elaborate - Coding Work Time

50 - 60 minutes: Check Your Code & Submit

LESSON

WELCOME BACK!

Today is the final module of the Your Voice Is Power Learning Experience.

Today will be your opportunity to use YOUR VOICE AS POWER! You will code a song in EarSketch remixing stems from Pharrell’s song Entrepreneur that uses your “voice” (or includes a message) to promote equity! At the end of today, you will submit your song for the final competition.

GETTING STARTED

To get started today, we will do a final lyric analysis. The final verse of Entrepreneur is a “Call to Action”. 

Listen to Verse 3 in Entrepreneur.

Entrepreneur - Verse 1
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Read over these lyrics at the end of the third verse of the song. Think about the Outkast Imagination Rubric and how it helps you understand the purpose of the song. Pair with a partner and try to craft a sentence of two that explains the purpose/message of the Entrepreneur. Try to include vocabulary used in the OI rubric.

Total: 5 minutes

In pairs, discuss the following questions and develop a sentence or two that summarizes or states the message of the song Entrepreneur.

TRELLO

MIRO

MURAL

How do the lyrics at the end of the third verse of the song inspire you to take action? What is Pharrell’s final message of the song? How did he accomplish this message?

TIP

Need a reminder of what the OUTKAST Imagination Rubric is? Click to see the rubric.

VERSE

Serial entrepreneur, we on our own

Stop sittin' around waitin' for folks to throw you a bone

If you can't buy the building at least stock the shelf (Word)

Then keep on stackin' 'til you stockin' for yourself, uh

See, everything you place after black

Is too small a term to completely describe the act

Black nation, black builder, black entrepreneur

You in the presence of Black Excellence and I'm on the I'm on the board, Lord

Student Workbook page 4

DECODE THE MESSAGE

What is Pharrell’s final message of the song? How did he accomplish this message?

How does this song inspire you to take action?

Share you ideas with the class or post them on a whiteboard (physical or digital)

LYRIC REVEAL

Let’s watch Dr. Wilson conclude the analysis of the song Entrepreneur.

As you watch, think about how she analyzed the song from the lens of the OI rubric.

How has this helped you to understand the lyrics of Entrepreneur?

Introduction to the OUTKAST Imagination Rubric

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CALL TO ACTION

You heard Pharrell’s call to action, now it is time to create your own. For your final challenge, you will code a song in EarSketch remixing stems from Pharrell’s song Entrepreneur that uses your  “voice” (or includes a message). 

Watch this message from the “Your Voice is Power” team and start thinking about how you will rise to the challenge.

Introduction to the OUTKAST Imagination Rubric

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CRAFTING YOUR MEANING

Now, it is time to build on the message of Entrepreneur to make your own voice heard. In the words of Pharrell, ” You gotta let go (let go)! We are going to break into collaborative online spaces to reflect upon your learnings during this experience. We will focus on sharing learnings in each key category - Awareness, Analysis, and Action.

AWARENESS

ANALYSIS

ACTION

In your notebook (or in a collaborative board), you will see some guiding questions. Read these and respond to them in your group. 

Total: 10 minutes (3 minutes each topic)

Share in small groups and/or on the collaborative board.

TRELLO

MIRO

MURAL

Student Workbook page 5

AWARENESS

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ANALYSIS

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ADDING VOICE TO YOUR CODE

Look at our class’s collaborative space and your individual thoughts.

How can we integrate these learnings into your code and music?

Remember how we learned about comments in Module 1. We learned that comments can help the programmer explain the message of purpose of their code. Now, it is time to apply this learning.

Open your “Your Voice is Power Script”. Look at your code and listen to your music. Start commenting in your song.

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Comment out different sections of your song that reveal awareness, analysis, or action.

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Comment out sections that you may want to include your voice (though words / lyrics) or the voice of your community

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Comment out sections that you may want to include your voice (though words / lyrics) or the voice of your community

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Comment your role (ally, activists, self)

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Comment your attributions. Make sure you give credit to the artists of the sound clips used in your song.

Remember you can write comments anywhere in your script, but they must be preceded by the # sign. These comments will help to structure your song  and communicate your voice as a coder and programmer.

Take some time to go through and comment out ideas for your code! 

MAKE BEATS

Now, it is time to complete your song. Layer your sounds, add more tracks, set a new tempo and keep on commenting. Fly and take that leap! Push your boundaries in coding and speak from your heart. Code that winning song!

FINISH CODING YOUR SONG!

If you need a review on any of the EarSketch topics, use the curriculum book icon in the left side menu to review selected topics. EarSketch has many other coding capabilities. You may want to upload vocals, add effects, make custom beats, or loop sounds. Use the table below from page 22 of the Student Workbook as a resource for advanced coding techniques in EarSketch.

Student Workbook page 5

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

TOPIC

RESOURCES

UPLOADING SOUNDS

setEffect()

makeBeat()

LOOPS

CONGRATULATIONS!

It is time to risk it all and share your song with EarSketch, Amazon Future 

Engineer, Pharrell, and the Yellow Foundation! Along with coding your song, hopefully you learned important lessons  in social justice, music, computer science, and entrepreneurship. Your song will be the first step in sharing those learnings with others.

Before you officially submit your song, you need to do one last review. Part 1 of your review is debugging your code and Part 2 will be reviewing the competition rubric. 

Add the following key term to your toolbox on page x in your Student Workbook. 

Student Workbook page 5

DEFINITION

TERM

DEBUGGING

Debugging is the process of finding and fixing bugs, errors made by the programmer. You need to debug your code before submitting to make sure it runs the way you intended! Let’s review the steps to debug your code.

Open your “Your Voice is Power Script”. 

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Run your code.

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Check the console - are there any errors?

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If there are no errors, move on to Part 2 in the song submission process.

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If you have an error in your code, continue to step 3 in the debugging process

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Read the console for clues (such as line number or type of error)

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Locate the error in your code:

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If the console provided a line number, take a look at that line and the previous line in your code. Check any arguments carefully. You can also comment out the lines of code one at a time to identify where a possible error could be

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Print debugging can also be used to locate an error. Insert print statements throughout your code to obtain the value of variables and check your logic.

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Squash the bug: Check for syntax errors, like unclosed parentheses, quotations, or brackets. Edit the code, and run it to verify its correctness.

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Ask for help: If you find you have spent too much time on a bug, then ask someone for help! A fresh pair of eyes can do wonders for spotting mistakes.

ONE MORE CHECK BEFORE SUBMISSION

Your song is awesome, but we need to make sure that it is competition-ready. Open your rubric, look at the requirements, and make sure you can check every box. Review your code using this checklist, provided in your student workbook to help you prepare your song for submission.

Student Workbook page 5

MAKE BEATS

Your song is a minimum of 30 seconds (16 measures)  and a maximum of 3 minutes.

Your song has at least 5 unique music tracks.

Your song includes one sound clip (stem) from Pharrell’s song “Entrepreneur.

Play your song - Does the song sound like a remix of Entrepreneur? Have you changed the style, tempo, order of beats? Have you mixed other sounds with Entrepreneur stems?

Check your audio clips. Do you have any sounds that are not from the EarSketch library or recorded by you in your code? Did you attribute the source in the comments? Any copyrighted sound clips must be removed from your song. Information on copyright can be found here.

LEARN CODE

Your song includes the EarSketch API function, fitMedia(), to insert sound clips.

Your song uses variables.

Your song includes Custom/User-defined functions to define song sections.

Your song uses comments to describe code and document the message in the song.

Share your code with a peer (if possible). Do they understand the flow of the code? Are there places you can add additional comments? If you can’t share your code, do one last read through to see if you should add.

PROMOTE EQUITY

Your song includes a message or call to action that promotes equity.

Your song demonstrates student awareness or analysis of racial injustice.

Are you able to write a short reflection about your song in the submission form? Do you have any documents that you want to upload with your song?