Quaker Valley teacher seeking used Apple devices for music classes
A Quaker Valley music teacher is turning outdated Apple devices into classroom skill-building tools, and he's hoping others will donate to the cause.
Edgeworth Elementary School music teacher Erik Kolodziej this school year began using outdated iPhones and iPod Touches with music education-focused apps to enhance the learning experience for third-, fourth- and fifth-graders.
“This is where the kids are these days,” Kolodziej said. “I'm not replacing myself, but it's something the kids can use, and they're learning and playing on a device that they're used to being around.”
The apps reinforce lessons Kolodziej teaches in class, including rhythm and the types of music notes.
“If the kids can play a game called Flashnote Derby and they can tell you what the note is as horses go across the screen, I'm OK with that,” he said.
“I wanted to make reading and note literacy fun for the kids.”
Kolodziej said the devices make their way to children's hands as a reward.
“This isn't teaching with technology, this is reinforcement, and it's reinforcing what I am teaching,” he said.
“In a classroom where we do a lot of playing, singing and moving, this is using technology as a tool.”
Kolodziej said he's hoping to collect additional iPhones and iPod Touches to build his small collection for classes.
When he upgraded to a new iPhone, Kolodziej donated his iPhone 4 to use in class, he said.
As iPhone users upgrade to Apple's new iPhone 5S, Kolodziej said he's hoping those older devices could find new life in his classroom instead of the back of a drawer.
“Maybe if people have them laying around, we could repurpose them,” he said.
Devices are wiped clean of all previous content and students can't access the Internet from the devices, Kolodziej said.
Kolodziej said he'll continue finding ways to incorporate technology into his lessons.
“If I bring out flashcards, that goes two times through and then we're done,” he said. “You really need your bag of tricks to be full of many different ways of learning.”
Bobby Cherry is an associate editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-324-1408 or email@example.com.
Add Bobby Cherry to your Google+ circles.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Penguins lose hard-fought game to Blue Jackets in overtime
- Unsung backups provide boost for Steelers defensive line
- Former Pirates pitcher Happ agrees to $36 million, 3-year deal with Blue Jays
- Unabashed church pastors put politics front and center
- Contractor eyes early finish to work on New Stanton interchange of Interstate 70
- Starkey: Flashback Friday for Pitt
- Pitt falls flat in finale loss to Miami
- Puppy, pals come to rescue of Lower Burrell firefighters
- Body found in Allegheny River in Harrison
- Gilbert, son of ex-Pitt football standout, commits to Panthers
- Gorman: Dynasties began with devastating defeats