Tag Archives: Simple Technology

Garage Band

8 Nov

Our third grade students have been using the “tried and true” Shurley Jingles for learning parts of a sentence.  To make it more relevant to the students today, and to incorporate technology into the mix, I have developed an activity that uses the Garage Band app on the iPad to “mix” a personalized version of the jingles for each class.  The options are endless for the number and difficulty of the instruments that are added, along with the students voices “rapping” the jingles.  Once the project is complete, the teachers have the ability to add the class jingles to the students iPod touches in the classroom for reinforcement and motivation in learning the parts of a sentence.  We have had a lot of fun and learned about music and language at the same time.  Feel free to adapt this project to your own needs.  Honestly, the possibilities are endless!

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Use What You Have

2 Aug

I am all about using the resources that are available to you. In my current situation, I’m not sure what will be ready to use when school begins because the school is being renovated. Therefore, I have to be ready for whatever presents itself (including limited technology available for a while). Students can be excited about the least bit of technology used in your teaching, whether it is a smartboard, an iPod Touch or an iPad, they will be engaged in the learning. Last year our school adopted a new set of textbooks for music education. The series came with electronic books and animated listening maps. Very simple technology, but fantastic impact. The students LOVED using them. This year I will be able to add these media sources to the smartboard and the students themselves can interact with the material. Make sure you are ready to “mix it up”. Use a variety of technology resources, but ALWAYS make sure you know how to run EVERYTHING before you present it to your class.

Another simple use of technology that will interest students is to present your summer vacation (whatever it was) using a presentation media such as PhotoStory or Powerpoint. I am using PhotoStory to present my summer vacation to my classes, since all 700 students will want to know what I did over summer break. Simple in design, my intention was to give students a challenge with reading, history and math at the same time they are entertained by my pictures.

COMING SOON… “My Summer Vacation”. Please leave any suggestions, comments or additional information that you would like to share.

iPad Apps for Education

29 Jul

There is a continuously growing list of iPad apps for educational use.  Because there are so many to choose from, I will be testing out my favorites and posting them here for you to try.  Check back frequently for new additions.

DropBox – which is also available for PC

Evernote – creating notes that can be shared

Google – same awesome tool

Skype/AIM – same as other devices

World Book – encyclopedia at your fingertips

Dictionary – easy access

HistoryMaps – awesome

iBooks – LOVE IT!

Kindle – easily download books from Barnes and Noble

SonicPics – great photo tool

Postcard – create your own postcards

Dragon Diction – we all need a little help with this!

Virtuoso – portable piano

3D Brain – literally

Periodic Table – boy would this have helped me in Jr. High

Etextbooks – nice not to lug around tons of books

Constitution – nice

My Congress – who doesn’t need help with this?

Planets – fun

Draw – free drawing

DoodleBuddy – I love to doodle

APOD – new astronomy pics every day

GeoSky Watch – good for science study or lesson

3D Sun – nice model

Hopefully this will get you started.  Choose a few to explore and share apps that you think are educationally worthy of the list.  Most of all, let’s make learning fun.  Enjoy!