Since music is such an integral part of my management strategy and I use it daily for teaching, I am always searching for ways to save time and make it easier to play what I want with less hassle.
My first few years teaching I was travelling between schools and so I just stuck with burning mixed CD’s with music for the different units that we were teaching at the time. CD’s were super annoying because they would get scratched and start skipping (totally ruined one of my Pacer tests…) and we didn’t even have a remote for the stereo at the school, so I found myself always being more stationary than I wanted to so I could turn the music on and off.
Once I got a job full-time at my current school, my first purchase was an iPod, with a stereo that had an iPod doc and a remote.
The benefits of the iPod are:
- No more skipping CD’s
- Ability to make playlists in seconds instead of waiting on CD’s to Burn
- Ability to use great apps like the Interval Timer for station work
The only downside was the remote would only reach halfway across the gym and I couldn’t select specific songs without actually going over to the iPod to choose the song I wanted. I have tried multiple solutions to fix this problem.
3 Ways to stream music from your iPod:
- Using an app called “Remote”. If you have an extra laptop you can plug your laptop into the stereo through the headphone jack and control your itunes account with your iPod over the wireless network. This worked great until the computer started having problems updating, turning on and hibernating in the middle of class. Also, sometimes the districts wifi signal would be spotty and cause the setup to fail.
- Using an app called “Tango Remote” which allows you to control an iPad or iPod with another iPad, iPod or iPhone. I downloaded the app on my iPod and then used my iPhone to control it. This was an improvement since I could move around the room, but I didn’t like how my iPhone was dead everyday after school and the music selection and building playlists wasn’t as easy as I would’ve liked.
- Bluetooth Receiver for the WIN. The bluetooth receiver is my favorite because it’s so simple, it only requires the small reciever box and an iPod touch with bluetooth capability. It allows me to use the iPod to stream music straight to the stereo from anywhere in the gym. It’s great being able to move anywhere while you are teaching and also have the ability to choose songs straight from the iPod without having to be near the stereo.
- If you leave the room you might have to turn the bluetooth on and off again on your ipod to reconnect it to the receiver, this only takes about 5 seconds so it hasn’t been a big deal.
- I have had to reset the iPod about 3 times this year when it wouldn’t reconnect, and it connected once I had reset it each time. If you’re having technology troubles, the first thing I usually try is just reseting all the devices involved, it seems to solve the problem a lot of the time.
*Bluetooth streaming should also work with any non-apple phone or device that has bluetooth capabilities 🙂
I’m sure there are tons of different ways to manage how you play music, but that’s what I’ve found to work for me.