Using Incredibox in the Classroom

What is Incredibox?

Incredibox is a free web tool that allows you to easily create a musical mix by running a band of beatboxers. It is also available in the iTune Store for $3.99. This tool has been around since 2009 but I just learned about it a few weeks ago at the Lake Michigan Technology Conference. Thank you to Steve Dembo from Teach42 for kicking off his session with an Incredibox musical creation. I've been thinking about how to use this in the classroom ever since Steve's session!

Using the free web tool, Incredibox, in the classroom for technology projects. Great way to incorporate music into your curriculum! Will work on Chromebooks, laptops and computers. There is also an iPad app available for $3.99

Ideas for Using Incredibox in the Classroom

There are so many different ways I could see teachers using Incredibox in the classroom. Here are a few ideas:

  • Students make their own background music for a video they create
  • Music Class: rhythm, beat, melodies, remixing, layering etc.
  • Create content based raps/songs to sing to the beats
  • Dance and act out vocabulary, historical events, etc. to the beats students create
  • Repeating Patterns
  • Color Identification
  • Brainbreaks
Mary Ledford's 2nd graders used Incredibox to add rhythm and beats to their poetry!

How Does Incredibox Work?

Check out this Facebook Live I did that demonstrates how EASY Incredibox is to use. Even our youngest learners would have no problem creating their own musical beats.

"Naked" Characters

You read that correctly. Naked characters (waist up) do appear when you first launch this tool. They stay "naked" until you drag and drop an item from the choice menu. See image below. I really wish Incredibox would at least put a tank top on these men😂 After doing a quick Google search I stumbled upon THIS post from Christine at Elementary Etudes. She and her principal came up with the idea of first discussing how these men are wearing swimsuits. Great idea! (Whatever works...right?) Regardless, you might want to consider talking it over with your administration before using this tool in your classroom.

What other ways could Incredibox be used in the classroom? I would love to hear your ideas in the comments below!

Follow me on Pinterest to get more techie ideas: