App Envy


If you have a child or interact with a child between the ages of 10-18 you have probably heard about the Musicly app. As a mom this app drives me crazy with all the rehearsing of dance moves, hand movements, expressions, and multiple retakes to get the “perfect” video.

If you haven’t heard of the app, basically it’s a lip syncing app where you record yourself singing/dancing to 20 seconds of a song or audio file. After posting your video you are rewarded with likes and then people can create their own videos “inspired” by your videos.

Sounds like a great concept right, however this app has turned into my nemesis! I constantly hear how many likes a certain video has gathered and what so in so did on their video. I thought for sure this app was a phase and that we would be through it in a few weeks. Not so!

The main reason I don’t like this app is the addiction my daughter has to it. I want this addiction/obsession to transfer to other areas in her life.

Here are the real questions:

  1. How can I use the same techniques in the classroom with students and teachers?
  2. Why do kids devote hours of time memorizing the movements?
  3. Does this app serve any educational purpose?
  4. Why didn’t I think of this app?

I got the answer to my questions when our music teacher approached me to teach a month long lesson with some unruly 5th graders. I took inspiration from this app to create an engaging lesson that I knew the kids would have instant buy in. I started my lesson addressing how much my daughter loved the Musicly app and if they had an account. Of course they did and I then proceeded to tell them about our upcoming Lip Sync Challenge.

Through the use of popular yet appropriate we had a month long Lip Sync Challenge between 5 classes with voting through one of my favorite Google apps.

On a serious note, this app is great for encouraging kids to think and introducing them to music in a fun way. As an educator I always try to keep up with the current trends and apps that students are using. I am happy to say that I turned a somewhat annoying experience into a fun and engaging lesson for students!


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