For two years, I was pretty much the only person checking out iPads. Then my school trained the teachers and I not able to check them out as much. I feel like I took a step backwards, but I am actively advocating to continue to get my own devices! (Check out my Donors Choose project here!).
Even if you only have one iPad, you can still do a ton of things with the class. Yes, you are probably at the substitution or augmentation step of the popular SAMR Ed Tech model but this is how we all begin. If you are unfamiliar with the SAMR model, then look at the chart below. Do you do any of these things? If not, pick one and give it a shot.
First Steps in the Music Room
- Demonstrate Concepts not otherwise possible – During my Science of Sound Lesson, I use the app Tone Generator to show the frequency of pitches. I use db Volume Meter to measure decibel levels. Finally I use an amazing app called Sound Uncovered to show various fascinating oddities in sound. The student follow along guide is included in my Science of Sound unit.
A Great Activity for One iPad
My favorite next step activity do with a single iPad is to do a class recording. I was lucky enough to have enough headphones and splitters to give kids the studio experience. I used Belkin splitters and we all connected in. I used my external Apogee mic. If I could buy a mic again I might go for the Snowball mic for price but have been satisfied with my Apogee.
In 2nd grade, each class recorded a part of the Music K8 song, “Sol Mi La Sol Mi.” It was fabulous and my kids still remember this activity from last year (don’t worry – we are going to do it again!!). The reason I had each class record part of it was simply time constraints.
I hope this helps you to pull out your iPad and start experimenting. As I mentioned, the first step is just become familiar with it yourself. Go back and read this post again on your iPad. 🙂 For more information and a list of suggested apps, download my free get started guide! I will be coming back with more information on iPads in future Tech Talk Tuesdays, but in the meantime, feel free to check out some additional resources:
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Wrapping Things Up
My final advice? When in doubt, bake cookies! (Pillsbury makes an excellent pull apart cookie dough, I must say). A dozen cookies on someone’s desk can make them feel warm and gooey inside (pun intended). This strategy has been around since the beginning of time and is a tried and true method.
If you are new at school and looking for lessons for the first day, you might also enjoy this post on first day lesson plans!
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