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Is This Mic On? Using Karaoke to Teach Sound Waves

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Ronnie Thomas  
What better way to engage your students in pitch, frequency and sound waves than to transform your learning space into a superstar stage? I am bringing the DJ equipment and party lights, you will download the amazing Google Science Journal app as we record and break down sound!

Audience: Coaches, Teachers, Principals/head teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials:

Topic: Innovative learning environments
Subject area: STEM/STEAM, Science
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Foster a culture where students take ownership of their learning goals and outcomes in both independent and group settings.
For Coaches:
Digital Age Learning Environments
  • Maintain and manage a variety of digital tools and resources for teacher and student use in technology-rich learning environments.
For Students:
Knowledge Constructor
  • Students curate information from digital resources using a variety of tools and methods to create collections of artifacts that demonstrate meaningful connections or conclusions.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The Google Science Journal App enables students to see data thus making it more relevant. This session is just an introduction into the many sensors offered in the platform. I will model an engaging way to teach sound to students using more than the traditional pictures in a book. This lesson and other sensor-based lessons from this platform have been greatly successful in my past based on the increased level of student engagement and their ability to clearly communicate the covered concepts independently.


I will open my session with a brief deejay dance party to create excitement within the room. Teachers will then be led into a intro of the science journal app. Attendees will be allowed time to explore the app and play around independently. After whole group and some peer-to-peer conversation about the app, teachers will place themselves in different areas of the room as volunteers sign karaoke others will record and analyze the sound waves based on their distance from the sound source. The group will reconvene and cover the basics of understanding sound waves.

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Ronnie Thomas, Fun Weird Science

Ronnie Thomas applies his 20 years of STEM teaching experience to ensure that all learners are challenged. He is an enthusiastic and passionate technology-driven educator with a solid commitment to the social, academic and developmental growth of every student. Known for his engaging and versatile teaching methods, Thomas has the ability to inspire hands-on learning experiences that capture a student’s imagination. The Founder of Georgia Science & Robotics Academy, Inc 501c3 and Fun Weird Science, LLC. To gain more information text SCIENCE to 21000 and visit

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