Here are some websites we use in our classroom. Click on one that interests you for more information and some examples.
Organize your classroom ideas, gather feedback, and save class notes with this interactive site. All you need is a teacher account (free) and devices that access the internet.
Make your own interactive quizzes. Musictechteacher.com has some great examples. I believe this is a paid subscription, but if you use it regularly it could be worth it!
Recorder Master (Joytunes)
Students can practice their recorders through a sequenced recorder game beginning with note B. This site is free and teaches new notes while allowing students to practice playing along with music in a game setting. By using your microphone, Recorder Master identifies the note the student is playing and shows the fingering, offering immediate feedback on their playing. It emphasizes tonality, not volume, but the best feature is that students can send you their progress reports!
Use Soundcloud to globally publish music and leave feedback. Just be sure to check privacy settings and copyright issues before publishing student work- going global means it's GLOBAL and open to everyone.
This is a version of Skype meant only for educators. It offers a network of teachers around the world looking to connect and share lessons, collaborate, or teach mini lessons. Skype with a classroom on the other side of the country and perform for each other, or find a teacher that could present some new material to your students.
Carnegie Hall Listening Adventures
Carnegie Hall has created a few fantastic Flash listening adventures. The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra is a favorite in our classrooms and can be used on an IWB or just on a computer with internet. It teaches the instruments of the orchestra in an interactive game format emphasizing the way the instruments are build and how they function. Primary students love this, and many play it at home as well.
Movenote is a wonderful website or Google app that can be used in a flipped or blended classroom situation. The basic concept is that it's a web-based IWB format with video as well. We use it to upload tutorial videos for students to use in class or at home, and students can also upload videos of their work or performances (a flipped/blended classroom approach). My third graders made good use of it this year, and I was able to not only have them "test" from home in a comfortable environment, but
With educreations, your students have their own IWB to play with. Have students create a recorder tutorial for next year's class, or they can record themselves and create short tutorials to share with others. Classmates can watch other's recordings and leave comments. It can also be a great teacher tool as well. Create directions for a project on Educreations. Record yourself explaining the project and show the rubric that will be used at the end of the project. Copy the link of your reco
With this website, you can stream your performances live to those that can't attend. This could be helpful for elderly or distant family to see a performance, but could also create "in-formance" opportunities during the day for families that can't leave work to attend regular performances. Videos can also be archived and saved.
Many classrooms are now using Edmodo as a social network for classes. Rather than exposing students to Facebook, for example, class posts, discussions, and feedback can be viewed and accessed by students. This is a great way to achieve a "flipped" classroom. There is also an app for it, in case your school is BYOD or 1:1.
Here is a basic QR code generating website. It's very easy to use once you have a url for your content. We save our audio or video files to our school server's "sites" folder, and then talked with the tech people to get the url code for each. If you do it once, it's easy to do forever after that. See the attached handout for more information.
If you find yourself using QR codes often, you can even make them a little fancier by changing their color or adding images to them.
Here's an example of what an interactive classroom could look like. Students are practicing skills while playing along with Recorder Master, which responds to their rhythm and intonation to shoot down the birds, but other students are also excusing themselves to the iPad station in the back of the room to respond to a self-assessment prompt prepared as a GoogleDocs form. When class is done, they will have improved their skills but also given me data that's already neatly organized and saved in Google Drive.
*Forgive the messy room and poor posture! Please know both were fixed by the end of the year!