Jon Schwartz shares Rockademics and visual and performing arts

Stop Struggling! Teach English Language Learners with Karaoke!

Jon Schwartz is the California teacher who created Rockademix.  He found that Karaoke is an incredible way to teach reading and English as a Second Language (ESL) students. You'll find so many ideas that you can use to teach reading (and any subject). This method can produce great results! The California state Senate named Jon “Tech Hero of 2011.” If you write music, maybe you should write some for your classroom. If not, start looking for some!

Important Takeaways

  • How a blues song unlocked a child struggling to learn English and how it led to the creation of a company.
  • How Karaoke can boost reading.
  • Free ways that every child can create music in any classroom.
  • How Jon's classroom transformed when he started using music to teach kids.
  • How to engage kids who are struggling readers by using music.

Educator Resources

A Peek into Jon's Classroom

Jon shares the music that started it all and how you can download a free copy of the Constitution song and video with dance moves.

Interview Links

Other ECM Shows on Music

We've had quite a few other award winning educators who are demonstrating to all of us how well music works in the classroom! There's a reason many of us remember the Saturday Morning “Schoolhouse Rock” songs we sang about the US government. “I'm Just a Bill” or “Conjunction Junction, What's Your Function?”

If you're struggling to teach something. Find a song! Teachers are writing music everywhere now!

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Using the visual and performing arts to engage students

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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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1 comment

Norah Colvin September 23, 2015 - 7:56 pm

Love it! Music and singing are very powerful tools for teaching and learning.


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