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iPad Seating Chart Template

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iPad Seating Chart Template

My seating chart is on my iPad, and I love it. I made a template of that chart for you: download the spreadsheet for Numbers or Excel.

I created the seating chart as a spreadsheet. When you add points below a student’s name on the seating chart, they automatically appear in a column (called Participation) on the spreadsheet. You can import this spreadsheet into Numbers on your iPad. Then, you simply walk around your classroom and add points (or notes) to the seating chart, and the automatically appear next to the student’s name on your spreadsheet.

This template has five seating charts, and one main spreadsheet. If you’re a

  • single subject teacher: use one seating chart per class period
  • multiple subject teacher: use one seating chart per content area
  • music teacher: use one seating chart per instrument group

Feel free to change the size and layout of the seating chart–it’s just a spreadsheet. If you don’t know how to link cells in a spreadsheet, just watch a YouTube video on it. You can always be low-tech and print out this template, but I think it works best if you have save it on your iPad, so that you can always have an up-to-date gradebook in your hands. You can easily add this spreadsheet to Numbers on your iPad via Dropbox or iCloud.

If you have suggestions or requests, please add them to the comments below. Feel free to share this template–I licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

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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