Teacher Tips: iPads in the Music Classroom

by Abby @ Quaver on May 29, 2013

in In the Quaver Classroom!,Mobile Apps

Did you know that in the U.S., 2,300 school districts are using the iPad and 600 of those have a 1 to 1 ratio of students to iPads*?

iPad technology is sweeping the educational system, with more schools and districts adopting these useful gadgets for their classrooms. Now that they are more commonly available, teachers are feeling the pressure to integrate them into their lessons in an effective and engaging way.

Tech-Savvy Teacher Catie Dwinal is here to share her tips and tricks for using iPads in her music classroom!

Take it away, Catie . . .


Let’s set the scene: You are a proud Quaver Teacher, and you just received a brand new iPad to use in your classroom.

Once you finish doing your happy dance, you know you want to integrate the two together in perfect harmony. How can you use the Quaver resources you love on your new iPad?


While QuaverMusic.com is built in Flash, which is not supported by the iPad, that definitely doesn’t mean you can’t combine the two effectively in your classroom!

There are many apps out there that will let you turn that iPad into an interactive whiteboard (IWB) slate. This way you can walk away from your computer and navigate your classroom, all the while using the rich resources at QuaverMusic.com, and getting the whole class involved from their seats. These apps unlock all of QuaverMusic.com – from the Studio Creatives to the Interactive Whiteboard Activities – and allow you to use your iPad to control them on your Whiteboard.

Two apps I recommend for using the iPad and Interactive Whiteboard:

  1. Splashtop – Splashtop is available in both desktop and whiteboard versions, and both versions are absolutely fantastic. Splashtop Remote Desktop simply allows you to connect your iPad to your computer and operate it remotely.  Splashtop Whiteboard gives you all the control and annotation ability of a regular Interactive Whiteboard, right from your iPad. You have to download the program to your computer and download the app to your iPad as well before using. It will ask you to set up an account and a security code so only your devices may connect to your computer. After you are all done with the one-time set up you can easily connect by just going into the app and selecting the computer you would like to control. At $4.99, it’s a great value for unlocking the iPad’s potential in your classroom..
  2. Doceri – Doceri is another app that allows you to use the iPad to control your desktop. This one is Free but like Splashtop, it does require a download on your iPad as well as your PC in order to operate. It requires a simple setup just like Splashtop and is still very easy to use. While Doceri does not give you as many options to manipulate your desktop as Splashtop, it does give you the power to screencast (create videos of your iPad screen to show at a later time). It is simple and great for a user who just wants to control their desktop without all the bells and whistles.

What else can you do with that awesome iPad to help your students explore QuaverMusic.com?

Check out these new iPad apps from Quaver – portable version of popular site activities plucked right from the online Quaver universe and dropped onto your iPad.:

These two apps are great for small groups or individual use. Whether they are shouting out the note names before they blast them or choreographing a new dance routine, both Quaver apps are great fun for all students!

Thanks Catie for these great tips.
We can’t wait to bring you more apps for iPad, including a teacher app for ClassPlay coming this Fall!


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1 Tammy Thiele May 30, 2013 at 12:05 am

I Have Used Splashtop Before. If You Have A Child With A Disability Or Young Children Who Are Too Short To Reach A Smartboard, The IPad Mirrored To The Laptop Through This Program Is A Great Accommodation.


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