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Teaching to ‘Tunes
Ginger Hewitt, LNLC Carol Spain, MVES

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Today’s Topics
Basics of iTunes Precautions Applying iTunes across the curriculum Frustrations of iTunes

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• Free download

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Basics of iTunes
– www.apple.com/itunes – Works for PCs or Macs – Organizes digital music and video files

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• Importing music

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Basics of iTunes
– Compiles all your CDs into one place – Time-consuming but worth it – Be prepared with plenty of storage
• 4,000 songs equals about 10G

• Exporting music
– Same iTunes library for home and for work
• My documents My music iTunes library

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• Sorting music
– – – – – – – – Artist Title Album Song length Genre Rating Play count Shuffle

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Basics of iTunes

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• Creating playlists

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Basics of iTunes
– By subject, personal favorites, etc.

• Playing music
– Computer
• iTunes (with computer speakers)

– Ipod
• Headphones or earbuds or car transmitter

– Sounddock/speakers
• Remote control helpful

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Lyrics in songs

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Be Aware…
– Proofread lyrics/listen carefully before utilizing in instruction
• One example is www.elyrics.net • Make sure the lyrics match the version you’re using

– Kidfriendly versions
• Radio Disney • Kidbopz • Now collections

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Be Aware…
• Copyright and Fair Use Policies • Music must be purchased by you
– Playing CD [for story time] is okay

• Copying music
– Can copy and use up to 10% in multimedia presentation (fair use) – Must have written permission for publications or public presentations

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• • • • • • Literacy Social Studies Science Math Everyday Life Physical Education

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iTunes Across the Curriculum

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• Younger Grades
– Going on a Bear Hunt
• Prepositional phrases

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iTunes with Literacy

– There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly
• Reading predictability/repetition

– The Swing (1881) by Robert Louis Stevenson
• Turning poetry into song (1887 by Koven) • Song with video (Cedarmont Kids, 1997)

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• Older Grades

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iTunes with Literacy
– Comparing/Contrasting versions and remakes
• Bon Jovi’s fast vs. slow versions of Livin’ on a Prayer/Prayer ‘94

– Satire
• Weird Al Yankevick • Bob Rivers

– Developing poetry into musical
• Cats (1981 musical) from TS Eliot’s book Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats (1939)

– Developing music into movie/musical
• Abba’s music into Mamma Mia

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• Younger Grades
– American History
• Patriotic songs

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iTunes with Social Studies
– Multiculturalism
• Wiggles

– Geography
• Mnemonic devices, i.e. States/Capitols

– Careers with songs written about them
• On the Road Again about traveling • The Barnyard Song about farming • Play My Music about performing musicians

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• Older Grades
– Historical Periods
• Swing era 1930s
– Big Band music

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iTunes with Social Studies

• Civil War
– When Johnny Comes Marching Home

– Current events
• Demonstrations of local performances

– Create cultural atmosphere
• Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons • Polka music for Oktoberfest

– Research biographies of musical artists
• Demo their music

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• Younger Grades
– Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
• Read book and sing song

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iTunes with Science
– Old MacDonald Had a Farm
• Discuss animals and appropriate sounds

– Dr. Jean
• http://www.drjean.org/drJeanCD/index.html • Her songs are listed by subject area (6 pages!) • All subjects, including science, reading, social studies, school, procedures, math, etc.

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iTunes with Dr. Jean

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iTunes with Dr. Jean

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• Older Grades

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iTunes with Science
– One never knows what devices others have come up with for teaching assorted concepts
• http://www.edu-cyberpg.com/IEC/elementsong.html

– Cool websites
• http://www.songsforteaching.com/sciencesongs.htm
– Science songs for teaching Astronomy, Biology, Botany, Dinosaurs, Physical Science and Earth Science

• http://faculty.washington.edu/crowther/Misc/Songs/music.shtml
– Assorted science songs for secondary curriculum

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iTunes with Podcasting
• A podcast is a series of media files, usually digital, audio, or video, that is made available for download via web syndication. (from www.wikipedia.org) • Examples of podcasts for science
• http://www.mpsomaha.org/willow/radio/listen.html
– Students’ website with assorted podcasts

• http://www.abc3340.com/
– Great for weather updates

• Naming
– Originally, “Podcast” = iPod + broadcast – Changed to Personal, On-Demand broadcast

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iTunes with Podcasting

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• Genre awareness
– Jazz – Oldies – Patriotic

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iTunes with Music

• Music appreciation
– Tempo
• Fast and slow songs

– Patterns
• Classic songs • Crescendo/decrescendo

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• Basic concepts
– Schoolhouse Rock

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iTunes with Math
• Multiplication Rock by Schoolhouse Rock

– Skip counting
• Can Cockatoos Count by Twos? by Hap Palmer

– Subtraction
• Zack the Zebra by Happy Hatters • Ten in the Bed by Cedarmont Kids

– Forming numbers
• The Numeral Song by Dr. Jean

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• Workout playlists

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iTunes for Everyday
– Personally motivating music – Fast, fast, slow, fast, fast, slow – Create playlist for housework and make it fun

• Audiobooks
– Great for walking
• www.amazon.com • www.audible.com • Or, can just use books on CD with walkman

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iTunes for Everyday
• Classical music for studying/naptimes
– The Mozart Effect book by Tom Campbell

• iPod Touch Applications
– Pedometer – Games – Calorie Counter – Calendar – Address book

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• Stations/Centers

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iTunes for Physical Ed
– Can set intervals for station/center rotations – Activities
• Stepping Stone • Ladders • Balance Beam

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iTunes for Physical Ed
• Movement/ Body Awareness
– Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes – Kickboxing with Rocky music – Move the way the music makes you feel• Various Songs

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• Dance Unit (patterns)
– Popular dances

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iTunes for Physical Ed
• Cha Cha Slide (following directions)
– Creative challenges – Cha-Cha Slide while hula-hooping

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Cupid Shuffle Macarena Hokie Pokie Bunny hop Chicken dance Line Dances

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• Rhythm Unit

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iTunes for Physical Ed
– Lummi Sticks – Tinikling – Attention-getting strategies
• We are the Champions by Queen
– Stomp stomp clap, {repeat}, {repeat}

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Large group games

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iTunes for Physical Ed
– Mission Impossible game with Mission Impossible theme music – Indiana Jones game with Indiana Jones theme music – Shark games (with Jaws music)
• with parachute • Scooter board game

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Mixing your music

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iTunes for Physical Ed
• Plenty of music mixing software available
– Many are free – Most use MP3 format

• Mix songs together • Change tempos • Add rotating cue

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• Expensive • Locking up
– Reformat

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Frustrations of iPods

• Accidently deleting music takes time to fix
– Must consistently check checkmarks for selections

• Can take a while to locate individual titles
– When lots of songs are in database – Playlists help

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• MPEG-4 format
– iTunes exclusive

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Frustrations of iTunes
• Can be converted back to MP3
– Takes time – Must buy some conversion programs

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• iTunes Store

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Frustrations of iTunes
– Password required for playing – Not an issue with music purchased from www.amazon.com or www.walmart.com
• Also usually cheaper ($.89 song)

• Back-up music frequently
– Especially if purchased from another online source

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• Cedarmont Kids

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Selected Bibliography
– Early Childhood songs across the curriculum

• Dr. Jean
– Songs across the curriculum

• Kidbopz and Radio Disney
– Cleaner versions of popular music

• Schoolhouse Rock
– Songs across the curriculum

• Teacher and the Rockbots
– Science/Social Studies

• Tony Chestnut
– Physical Education

• Wiggles
– Multicultural

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Questions? For further information or copies of presentation: ghewitt@shelbyed.k12.al.us cspain@shelbyed.k12.al.us

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Thanks and have a great day!!


				
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