WHO: Music teachers interested in students composing music together, online, in real-time.
HOW: Sign up for an account at www.flat.io, or log in with your Google account. Users can manually create song sheets or connect via MIDI controller. There are 70 instruments to choose from. When creating a masterpiece, students can collaborate with others by clicking on the add icon by their account, adding others via flat username or e-mail address. Using the school version, there is also an option for teachers to share to Google Classroom. Teachers can also create assignments from scores they have created.
WHEN: Music teachers would find this useful for lessons on music notation, creating quizzes, tests, and projects. The real-time collaborative aspect gives a great opportunity for group work creating musical scores.
By no means am I a musically inclined person, but immediately after selecting to start a new score, I found myself engaged. I play guitar some, so for my first project I created a score for an acoustic guitar. As I put in notes, flat.io played the music for me and created tabs, which I found really useful. There are many different selections to choose from when creating your music. When you are finished composing, you have the option to export to: .pdf, MusicXML, .mp3, .wav, and .mid.