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iLearn with iPad
My students need an iPad to use in Music. There are so many applications for this technology. They will be able to write their own music, play it and share it.
It used to be that being allowed to use a mechanical pencil instead of a regular old #2 in school was a great day. Now imagine being able to use your fingers instead of a pencil! With an iPad, they will be able to write and share music instantly with their fingertips and play new, exciting games.
My students are my kids.
That said, I want to give them every possibility I can. Our school is a Title 1 school which means that over 75% of our population is on the Free and Reduced Lunch plan. We are an inner city school that is over 95% minority. Many of these students don't have access to a computer at home. Having access to this kind of technology at school will bring their learning alive! Imagine going from having only black and white crayons to a Crayola box of 64! That's what being given an iPad will be like to my kids. This isn't for me to walk around holding over their heads while I click away on it, this is to put it in their hands and say, look what YOU can do!
With an iPad in my classroom, whole new worlds will be opened to both me and my students. It is an amazing tool for classroom management with apps like Class Dojo (which a lot of my teachers use) which allows you to instantly and visually reward students for good behavior and participation OR to give consequences for poor choices. Beyond that, there are a multitude of apps for music games like Tap the Note which teaches basic music literacy and apps for writing music such as Garageband. They can also research different genres or composers, work on a project both in class and at home and share it with me through Drop Box.
Every K-5 teacher in our school will be receiving iPads provided by the district or the school except for the "Special Area" teachers. But don't the same students come to our classes? Shouldn't they have access to this technology in every class?
There is such a huge world of music out there, from the "old" classical music to the tribal chants of African tribes, to the hip hop and rap that is being written on our streets today.
Having an iPad and a connection to the musical world outside our classroom will help create not only life-long music lovers, but global listeners and creators.
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