I’ll be the first to admit. I drink the apple kool-aid. I should be embarrassed by the amount of apple products littered through-out my life but I’m not. An iphone has been connected to my hand since 2008. My macbook runs my classroom on a daily basis and I use my ipad for everything from reading the news to tracking my many to-do lists. I’m a full-blown member of the cult. You may judge all you like. Ready? And……go!
Okay, really, a positive about going through the Apple product line is that it leaves you with a selection of retired devices that are still in perfectly good use. The iPod center I created at school is just that. Instead of actual iPods, I put my old iPhones. They weren’t being used and they still work perfectly fine. I completely wiped them of anything personal and/or inappropriate for student eyes (not that I keep inappropriate things on my phone but they don’t need to know about ALL the pictures I take of my dog or all the random yet hilarious apps I have to keep myself entertained sometimes). They don’t work as phones anymore and I disabled the internet, camera, app store, and basically anything other than the music apps I wanted them to use (insert evil controlling laugh here). They are also password protected so the students that are tech savvy can not enable the things I’ve locked.
There are an endless amount of music education apps out there. Seriously, I’m constantly adding new apps to these devices. I take student suggestions, I am always on the look-out for quality apps and I only pay money for apps if they really impress me. Since I’m pretty cheap, that doesn’t happen often unless the app is seriously amazing.
Its not the most attractive center but it works. The headphones came from dollar tree because, again, I’m cheap. Plus, earbuds are not something to share. They’re gross actually. Even though I have quite an impressive of unused earbuds, its just too gross. These headphones are not high quality but I’ll probably use next year’s budget money to buy better quality ones.
Now, this gadget is awesome. It adds the capability of having five sets of headphones listening to one device. It was $15 at Kohl’s (I know, random place) but it is fantastic.
I do have a selection of classical music on the iPhones for the students to listen to but they mostly play around with the apps. Here is just a random sampling of some of their favorites:
Composing Apps: Songify, DooDah, Isle of Tune, Electro Beats, Music Sparkle, Little Mozart
Instruments: Congas, Dance Kit, Learn Piano, Pocket Bells,
Games: Piano Hero, DoReMi 123, NoteBrainer, Music Theory 101, Music Studio,
This is one of their favorite centers and I love that they stay engaged because they have the headphones to block out sounds from the other centers. If you have any app suggestions, I’d love to hear about it. The one problem I’ve run into with using these older devices is that some apps do not work. That’s only been an issue with a few apps but it’s disappointing when a really cool app just doesn’t work.
Thanks for reading and I look forward to any suggestions or comments. I haven’t done centers in YEARS and never this many technology centers so any helpful advice is greatly appreciated.
Thanks for reading!