To zoom out or not to zoom out. I feel like it depends on what you want to be able to do. The zoom out does help to focus attention through the movement and reinforces the choice because it gets bigger.
Without zooming out one may move from cell to cell without any pause for the zoom out. In my case I created cells that played the notes of a diatonic scale. Each cell is a different color with the note name. My students can improvise or play a tune note after note. I also included an indication for "finished." On another board I created pictures to go with each phrase of a song so students may sequence the phrases of a song from the picture cues I put in each cell. This is way cool and a lot of fun to think of new ways to use this great tool!
I can see this same principle working to allow communicators to build word phrases or sentences. In fact, there is a lot of research on language development and music. I'd love to see what some others have developed. Perhaps even Cloze activities involving music and a choice to finish the phrase? With such clear recordings possible it is a motivator to try more complex board activities.
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