Quaver teacher Sarah Jensen of St. Anne’s School in Bismarck, North Dakota is back and sharing her experience with our new Mobile Interactives in her classroom:
Take it away, Sarah . . .
When I learned that Quaver was adding new Mobile Interactives to my curriculum, I quickly downloaded the app on all the iPads in my classroom cart and got to work planning a lesson.
We started in 2nd grade which is my most active class (you know, the class that keeps you on your toes for the entire class period and when they leave you collapse in your chair from exhaustion). In the 2nd Grade Curriculum, Lesson 14 is on Melodic Phrases and explains musical phrases in a really cool way. We sang “Great Big House in New Orleans,” danced, talked about phrases, and then got to screen #6 where students create an ABA piece together.
As a class, we created a “B” section for Great Big House and talked about all kinds of pie.
Then, the magic happened. We went mobile!
I split them into groups of 3 and gave them an iPad. All of my kids have a QuaverName and password. I had them log onto the app and scan the QR code on my ActivBoard. The gasps of amazement were so loud that it made me laugh out loud! The kids had never used a QR code before and it was magic to them! Once they had the Interactive open on their iPads, they got to work creating a “B” section – just like we had done on the board together.
I kept hearing them sing “Great Big House,” – I didn’t realize that the Interactive even had the song on the screen for the kids to sing along. The Quaver team has really thought of everything!
The kids were so engaged in the lesson that I forgot to send them back to class!
We could not stop creating new “B” sections and singing along. One very active little boy could not stop jumping up and down as he was singing. I asked him if he was ok and he just said, “I LOVE this Mrs. Jensen! Can we do this every day?”
With one great class under my belt, I’m now working to incorporate some kind of Mobile Interactive into each class.
- My 6th graders are taking assessments in class all the time on the iPads now, and they love it! Who else can say that their 6th graders enjoy taking quizzes – and even ask for more?
- My Kinders really enjoy the Sliding Sounds Interactive in the Kindergarten Lesson 12, and the Lunch Box Song Interactive in Lesson 28. It wasn’t too hard for them to log on either. I was impressed at how quickly they figured it out.
- My 4th graders have been hearing about the Quaver App magic from their siblings and are excited to use the Recorder Fingering Interactive next week!