I love using games as a way to reinforce concepts that students are learning. I want to make sure they are understanding what is being taught. The bonus in playing games is that it is an engaging platform that students love!
I recently added some digital music games in my store. While I am a huge fan of iPad apps, I knew that not all students have an iPad and sometimes students don’t even have access to the internet. So when I put these games together, I wanted to provide a variety of platforms, both online and offline. This way you can choose the best platform for you and your students.
Digital Music Games
When possible, the digital music games will have include 3 different platforms plus an added bonus of the QR code.
QR Code Option- Google Slides allows students to play online. If you want students to play at home, just send them the QR code (you can text or email, or upload the jpg to a studio/classroom platform such as Tonara or Google Classroom, etc). Once they scan the code the game opens right away and they start playing.
If you are teaching online only, this will be your best option. Students can usually just scan the QR code in their camera app and play on any mobile device- iPad, Tablet, phone, etc. doesn’t matter what kind it is. OR if you don’t even want to use the QR code, you can just copy the url of the game after you open it and just send them that.
Students then play the game on their side of the screen. (Which is why it works well for assignments too) If you want to see their end of these screen, then have them screen share on their end to you (if using Zoom or a platform that has a screen share option).
PowerPoint or PDF–
This is a good option if students are on the computer or mobile device (iPad, Tablet) in your studio/classroom. This is a good option if you don’t have internet access or you don’t want to worry about the internet at all.
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Digital Music Games Video Tutorial
In the following video, I take you on a tutorial on how to use each platform with your students so you can choose the best way for your circumstance. I hope you find it helpful.
Did you know that some of my PDF resources include an option to turn it into a digital activity via TpT? Yep! You can find out all the details about Easel by TpT here. Easel is a TpT feature so if you do have any problems at all, please contact the technical team at TpT directly. In addition, this will not work with all files (including zip). So how do you know if a resource you purchased includes this option? Log into TpT, go to that resource and then if you see this ….
… then you are good to go! Yay! This is just another option to use what normally might be a printable, and make it more interactive by sending it as a digital assignment. Here is a short video tutorial so you can see what this is all about.
Please note: TpT Digital Activity is now called Easel. Easel has more features now. You can check out all the details here.
For step by step directions, I would refer you to these slides, created by Anne Gardner’s Reading Resources.
Adapting Non-Digital Resources
If you are not using Google Classroom, or a particular resource isn’t an option for this, then I highly recommend watching this video for other ideas…