Friday, May 10, 2013

Reading music with iPads

Music teacher, Mrs. Hermansen, is using iPads in her music classroom to help students learn to read music. Mrs. Hermansen says, "One of the biggest challenges teaching music is helping students learn the letter names on the staff, in preparation for reading recorder music."

She has used three different iPad apps to make this learning more engaging for third, fourth, and fifth graders. One app, Note Squish, works like a whack-a-mole game, rewarding students with points when they "whack" the right letter names. Another game, Flashnote Derby, simulates a horse race that students can win if they identify enough of the letter names. Additionally, Rhythm Cat, allows students to tap the rhythms that come up on the screen, and win points if they follow closely enough.

All three games work really well under Mrs. Hermansen's document camera, allowing the students to see what's happening on the projector screen. Students take turns playing, and the rest of the class stays engaged by learning from their friends as they go through the game. Students can choose to let the others help by calling out the answers, or they can choose to play without any help. Student learning has been focused when using these games, and students have been polite and encouraging to others while watching their friends take a turn.

Great job integrating, Mrs. Hermansen!

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