If you are a blogger, feel free to join the linky party by following the directions at the end of this post. Just share three of your favorite apps to use in the classroom with whole group instruction, centers, or however you plan to use them
#1 Tune Train - FREE
The App itself is pretty easy to use and has a variety of levels to try out. I could see this working as a full class activity at first or with younger learners and turning into a small group or station activity (assuming you have the technology and parameters set up for this). Best of all, this comes with a teachers guide tutorial and doesn’t ask you to sign in to a program or have a link away to the App home or a related webpage.
#2 Blob Chorus - FREE
Again, I like this game because I could see using this as a whole group instruction activity with younger folks or putting it as a center activity with older kids. I like that it does not give you buttons or links that would take you to a web browser or sister site. That means that if I put the iPad in kid hands and walk away that this App will not accidentally take them away from the activity unless they intentionally leave the app and navigate away.
#3 Dust Buster - FREE
This is more of a one person activity and is not really something that I could see doing with a full class of students. It’s also more about getting the notes in time and less about melodic contour or notation. It looks like you can play with the piano keyboard onscreen OR you can play with an actual piano and the iPad will listen in to see if you’ve gotten the right notes at the right time (maybe there are piano teachers out there that have used this App and can comment on this...). That might make this a really cool App if you have your own piano studio and want to incorporate your iPad as an extension activity or practice reward. One downside is that this asks to connect to your Facebook/Game Center and other places. That sort of thing is fine if you yourself are going to use the App but creates problems if you want to use it in the classroom.
This is not an iPad App and is not a classroom helper but is the MOST AMAZING APP OF ALL TIME EVER!
#4 Run Pee - FREE
I hope that this post has helped you get a few ideas about Apps that you might be able to use in your classroom. I find that sometimes as teachers we get this great new technology and have no help figuring out how to use it. This seems to be an especially big problem for music teachers as we sometimes don’t have the opportunity to play around with the technology and no one around to bounce ideas off of. Leave comments here or on Facebook if you have awesome Apps to share!
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