Yesterday was a banner day for me, professionally and personally. The symphony trip with my students was delightful! This year, the conductor focused on melody, playing little snippets of pieces, including Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony and his Seventh Symphony. The kids recognized them immediately, because each school’s music teacher teaches the lessons that prepare them for this field trip. They learned about repetition in melody, along with scales as melodies, as in the Beatles’ Yesterday. I am particularly thrilled to hear my students talk knowledgeably about classical music, as they come from low-income families, whose parents have most likely not exposed them to this genre of music.
Now that would be the topper of the day for me usually, however yesterday each teacher at my school received an ipad and ipad training. While I have my opinions on how that money could have been spent more directly on students, I am not stupid enough to look a gift horse in the mouth. I now know just enough to frustrate myself. I did manage to download National Geographic Explorer magazine, and plan to go exploring myself to find other apps that can be utilized by my students in the classroom.
I’ve been toying with the idea of getting myself an ipad, so this will be a great opportunity to find out how and how much I will utilize it, as compared to my laptop.
If any of you have any favorite apps or a particular way you enjoy utilizing your ipad, I’d love to hear it!