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Video Killed the PowerPoint Star: the song

You’ve seen the video, no download the mp3, and sing along. Free for a limited time. And by limited, I mean forever.

So PowerPoint was introduced back in ’90, dude.
It’s not impressive for communicating through
A visual projected talk given to you

Oh, no.

It was the next step in the talk anthology
Rewritten by machine and new technology
And now you understand the problems I can see

Oh, no
It will bore children
Oh, no
They will ignore them

Video killed the PowerPoint star
Video killed the PowerPoint star
Movies came and changed your heart

Oh, a video

You can make movies in your own home studio
Download and playback from the youtube video
And you can add them to Keynote apropos

Oh, oh
The audience won
Oh, oh
They will have more fun

Video killed the PowerPoint star
Video killed the PowerPoint star
They’re not blind, it’s not up to par
You are assigned to raise the bar

Oh, a video
Oh, a video

Video killed the PowerPoint star
Video killed the PowerPoint star
They’re not blind, it’s not up to par
You are assigned to raise the bar
Movies came and changed your heart
Add to PowerPoint is smart

16 Music Apps for Elementary Teachers

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16 Music Apps for Elementary Teachers

I have been teaching elementary music using an iPad for a year and a half. In that time, there are several apps that I regularly use in my class. I teach band, general music, and chorus, so feel free to pick and choose to meet your own needs. These are my most used music apps, in order of importance:

  1. Metronome Plus – $2 – keep band students at a steady tempo as they visually follow along with the beat
  2. Dropbox – free – quickly transfer files from computer to iPad without syncing
  3. Numbers – $10 – I transformed a spreadsheet into a seating chart for each class. When I take notes, they are linked to a sheet with every student.
  4. GarageBand – $5 – record, create loops, and mix your own songs
  5. Cat Piano Jr – free (paid version available) – pitched cat sounds that students love
  6. VidRhythm – free – You sing 4-6 notes, and VidRhytm creates an auto-tuned music video for you.
  7. Percussive – $2 (free version available) – variety of playable tuned percussion instruments (marimba, vibraphone, xylophone, etc)
  8. iTrump – $3 – fingering charts for teaching trumpet
  9. iBone – $3 – fingering charts for teaching trombone
  10. Sax KEYS – $1 (iPhone app) – fingering charts for teaching saxophone
  11. Flute+ Lite – free (paid version available) – fingering charts for teaching flute
  12. Cleartune – $4 – accurate chromatic tuner
  13. Flashnote Derby – $1 – simple game to practice identifying notes on treble clef
  14. Rhyme Time – $1 – rhyming dictionary
  15. PracTime – $2 (iPhone app) – practice journal for students
  16. HolidayBells – $1 – playable pitched bells