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SAMI: The learning of music in early childhood education using mobile devices (Spain)

SAMI: The learning of music in early childhood education using mobile devices" is a non-funded project of the University of Oviedo which has been awarded by the Council of Education, Culture and Sports of the Principality of Asturias, Spain, under the modality "Innovation projects and educational research 2013

 

At a glance

  • Localtion:  Asturias, Spain
  • School:  EII Miguel Hernández and University of Oviedo
  • Teachers: Félix Trespalacios Menéndez, Mª del Puerto Paule Ruiz, Víctor Alvarez García, Mercedes Álvarez Sierra
  • Age of students: 5 years old
  • The subject: Introduction to new technologies
  • Piloted activities:  

Lesson objectives  

SAMI is an interactive mobile App that introduces children to the world of music in a fun way without effort. SAMI is composed of mini-games designed to enhance the various skills involved in early childhood development. The games have levels to smoothly increase the challenge and allow children to reinforce what they have learned.

A "walk-through" of the lesson

The app consists of four games. Each game  offers an activity that increases in difficulty, related to .

 

  • Pitch, which introduces the concept of pitch and explains the notes.
  • Small motility practical skills.- Memory game.
  • Free Play, which allows the kid to use the app as a small music pad, where you can save the compositions y share them.

 

Technologies used

Sami used the iTEC Directory to gain visibility. The official presentation of Sami for primary schools in Asturias was promoted as one of the events in the iTEC Directory, making it possible for the Spanish and International teaching communities to follow the live streaming online. 

Teacher feedback

Sami works the pitch, and this is it`s main difference from other musical learning apps. It has been a challege full of joy, because 5 yeard old´s kids, know the pitch was a really new skill to learn. And Sami was a good teacher to all of them.

Students feedback

We asked the kids to choose their favorite game. And the most choosen was the free composition, eventhough the like sami rewards very much

Key innovations identified

The app consists of four games. Each game  offers an activity that increases in difficulty, related to .

 

  • Pitch, which introduces the concept of pitch and explains the notes.
  • Small motility practical skills.- Memory game.
  • Free Play, which allows the creativity.

 

Success factors

Sami has age appropriate rewards that helps kids being aware of their learning progress. Sami let them to know whether the answer is correct or not, in a very soft way, and always providing another chance to get the reward. 

Successful outcomes

From a teacher perspective, the most impressive outcome is seeing how easily children have discriminated the sounds of the musical octave. Even though we also love the way children create and share their musical compositions. For us these were the most rewarding pedagogical results of the whole process

Tips and advice to other teachers

Allow your children to create their own music, and share it with their classmates. This is worth above anything else.
 
Links
 
  • http://www.pulso.uniovi.es/sami/
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7Y27eDdGNg
  • http://www.livestream.com/cprgijonoriente/video?clipId=pla_29dd4734-be76-4249-ae1c-c61966167f0b