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That’s one of the most common questions I hear – where do I start with technology in the music classroom? And what the options are for incorporating technology in a meaningful way?
You may feel overwhelmed with the number of choices you have – which devices to purchase or which apps to explore – or you may feel like you have some holes in your tech knowledge. You may have even returned to teaching after a period of time away and feel like everything has changed!
No matter what you do with technology, always have a contingency plan. Plan for things to go wrong and work out what you would do in a “worst case scenario”. Once you’ve done that, you can survive anything! It’s not a bad philosophy for general life too.
Below are 7 easy ways you can incorporate technology into your music classes. Choose just one to start with!
Here’s a sneak preview of #7!
7. Create a “Singing Wall” display
How to create a “singing” wall
Add audio or video to your wall displays with QR Codes. Display a picture, piece of writing or notation and add a QR code that links to an audio or video file of the student singing, playing or speaking.
- Create the visual element – something to display on the wall
- Record the students singing, playing or speaking (audio only or video)
- Upload audio or video file to an online location (such as Dropbox, Google Drive, Youtube, Soundcloud)
- Copy the link to the audio or video file
- Go to QR Stuff and paste the link into the box
- Download the QR code, print it out and add it to the display
Students, parents and other teachers can scan the QR code use a free QR code reader app on their smartphone or iPad.
- QR Stuff – QR code creator
- i-nigma QR code reader for iOS or Android (there are many others available)
Visual display options could include:
- Student drawings
- Soundwave art
- Notation/sheet music
7 easy ways to use tech in your music classes