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iPad in teaching music

This school year I focussed my attention on working with the iPad on how to use it in my music lessons. Besides all the usual possibilities of using it as a useful tool or to present music examples on YouTube and so on in my lessons, I found out a quite “big thing”:
After Thomas told me about it in spring, I worked on preparing to use “iTunes Match” for quite a long time. In the end – by the beginning of November – , now the system works!
What is iTunes Match? Continue Reading →

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My thoughts about Ipads at this time,

 

 

I use them almost every lesson as a tool. A tool to find information and to share assignment.

I use Imovie with kids whom does not have the persistence to write, instead they can talk about their ideas in a short clip.

We do not have to watch a movie in a classroom anymore, everybody can watch it before class at home or in school on a wednesday afternoon.

And the list goes on, teaching is easier with the Ipad around. Sometimes it can be harder, some kids keep on gaming during my lesson och chatting so that I have to loose my temper.

 

Now comes the BUT. The but is about the expectations from above to turn a tool in to a method higher than the force of God. To come up with mind blowing ways to enhance teaching.

It’s an excellent tool, and maybe I am missing the point of it all by seeing as just that.

//Ulrika

 

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Getting started

Creating a situation in which your students are active and involved in their own learning process can sometimes be tricky. However, I found a way to facilitate the process of getting started by using the website: mentimeter.com. I asked students in my biology class to vote on the correct answer to a (simple) question: Which lion (of four possible) has the highest fitness? The differences in thinking (answers) were made visible in a diagram instantly. The engagement in the following discussions was emormous as students tried to convince each other and outline reasons to justify their different answers. The scene was set to deepen their understanding of the concept fitness.

I could, of course, have asked the students the same question without using a digital tool for voting but the visualisation of the result added an extra dimension.
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Easy practice

The simplest solutions are often underrated. I use an app called evernote in english, a student records themselves reading a short text. Followed by listening to their own recording and writing what they hear. When done they look at the text to correct what they wrote.

 

It has worked out really well. It turns out that they record many times because they want the recording to sound good, so they are motivated to read out loud many times. Also the writing tha they did gets critically read by themselves.

 

The results looks good and special need students feel pleased about their work.

//Ulrika

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We had an election…. Work in Sketchbook Pro

Hi everybody!

I have an Imovie to show you.

All then “drawings” are made on ipad in Sketch Book Pro. An app were you actually paint and draw and you work with layers as in Illustrator or Photoshop. You can work with your fingers or with an ipad pen. Well, maybe you have tried it already..

I took my class to an art exhibition and the pupils were to take photos of portraits that they liked, using the Ipad or their cellphones. The act of taking a photo is an act of reflection and choosing and a way to remember afterwards.

Then to the actual painting; The next step were ta take a photo of a friend and use it as the bottom layer in the painting. The task was to make a painting in the same style as the artist but in a totally different technique. In the end you remove the bottom layer and your   painting done.

Finally I used my favorite app, Imovie, and put the paintings together for showing.

The text you see on the pictures means “Vote!”. And we used the pictures as a part of the work to inspire young people to vote for the first time.

Enjoy!  / Ylva

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