I am enjoying writing this series of posts of the ten tech tools to assist an elementary music teacher in their classrooms. I am also loving Dr. Christopher J. Russell’s series of the ten iOS tech tools to assist a secondary school music teacher for a concert. You can see his blog posts here.
Summer, for an educator, can be defined from May to August or June to September, or some variable of that.
Coming in at #4 for a tech tool that can assist an elementary music teacher in teh classroomt is YouTube. Started in 2005, YouTube has had a powerful effect that can be felt throughout numerous areas including education. Whether your school permits YouTube or blocks it, YouTube can assist an elementary teacher greatly in preparing for a concert.
When selecting song choices for concerts, I will look through various social media sites to find out what songs other music educators have chosen for their concerts.
The #5 tech tool to assist an elementary music educator in the classroom is the camera on your mobile device. I know that this sounds obvious, but the camera can be a valuable tool in your classroom.
You can video the students as they are preparing for the concert. Afterward, have you or them watch the video and use a rubric to assess their preparation. The rubric can include a scale that has you or them assessing if they see everyone singing, everyone performing the movements, is the sound balanced, and if the harmony be heard.
Up next in this countdown is Kahoot! a free game-based learning platform. It is comparable to a quiz-type game show. Numerous music educators have successfully used this in their classroom for assessments and as a day-before-break activity.
How to use Kahoot!
Kahoot! is free and can be used by creating a free account. Once your account is created, you can search their database for games that have been created by other music educators.