Welcome to my blog! I'm Karen Belt, a teacher and leader of digital learning, working at Lynmore Primary School in Rotorua, New Zealand. I'm teaching in a Year 2 class using iPads to engage and motivate learners and improve student achievement. This blog documents my teaching journey and my learning processes with iPads in the classroom. I've proud of having been a member of the inaugural Manaiakalani Digital Teaching Academy(MDTA) program and last year a Spark Manaiakalani Innovative Teacher (MIT) and Manaiakalani Google Class OnAir teacher.

Thursday, 16 June 2016

Using Garage Band to record a soundbite for my Explain Everything projects

I find inserting audio instructions into my Explain Everything projects really helpful as a way to scaffold my learners that may not be able to read (or remember) my instructions.   I use Garage Band to create the soundbite rather than record the instructions directly onto the slide so that my instructions don't detract from the recording the learner will do on the slide when they push the red record button.  The soundbite is also shown visually on the screen so the learner knows to click on it and hear what I say if they struggle to read the instructions.

I've been helping other Manaiakalani Schools recently and am often asked "how do you do that" so have made a short screen recording which I can link to as needed.


  1. Hi
    I am a new entrant teacher from Ohaeawai Primary. This looks fabulous! Great sharing - thank you :-)

    1. Thanks Lisa,
      I used it even more when I was teaching New Entrants last year - particularly around them learning High Frequency words as they could listen, see and then write each word.

  2. So clear, even I can understand it. Thanks Karen.