In this episode, Mark previews our free remote learning lessons and plays a sample from the Listening Room remote learning podcast for children and parents.
Kevin O’Mara then joins him in an improvisation of hand-washing songs and an elbow-coughing game. This episode is rounded off with some useful websites and resources for remote learning.


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The Listening Room Podcast

Episode Highlights

  • Remote learning
  • Bushfire Press ‘Music Room’ and ‘Listening Room’ lessons
  • Hand washing songs
  • Elbow cough game
  • Katie Wardrobe from Midnight Music
  • Mrs B music room
  • Insert Learning

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Lyrics to the handwashing songs are further down the page


Bushfire Press remote learning

Mrs B Music Room ePubs, Google classroom

Midnight Music Technology Training

With this tool, you can basically take any page on the Internet and turn it into a lesson. Suppose you find a great article from The Guardian that you’d like students to read, but you’d also like to ask them a few questions about it, add a bit of commentary of your own, and insert a related video. With InsertLearning, you can do all of that right on the article.
InsertLearning, formerly called DocentEDU, is an extension you add to your Chrome browser. Once it’s there, turning any web page into a lesson can be done in minutes. You start with a web page of any kind, then highlight text, add notes, and embed your own questions—either multiple-choice or open-ended—that students answer right on the page.
You can also embed other content like YouTube videos, ThingLink images, flashcards from Quizlet, mind maps from Coggle, even videos you record straight from your webcam.
Once an InsertLearning lesson is created, you assign it to classes of students with a special code or through Google Classroom, and student responses are sent to a teacher dashboard, where you can grade them right inside the app. You can also share lessons with other teachers, so they can copy and edit them for their own use.

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Hand Washing Songs
Send your own or your students’ songs, chants or rhymes to:

To the tune of Row, Happy Birthday

Happy birthday to me
Happy birthday to me
Pretend it’s my birthday
Happy birthday to me

How old are you?
How old are you?
As old as I should be
Happy birthday to me

To the tune of Row, Row, Row Your Boat

Soap, soap, soap and towel
Soap and water please
Srubbity scrubbity scrubbity scrub
Wash away the fleas

Soap, soap, soap and towel
Soap and water please
Srubbity scrubbity scrubbity scrub
Stay away disease

To the tune of Frere Jaques

Soap and water, soap and water
Wash your hands, wash your hands
Washing thumbs and fingers, washing thumbs and fingers
Thoroughly, thoroughly

To the tune of Rock My Soul

Wash those hands, you sons and daughters and
Wash those hands in the soap and water and
Wash those hands whenever you oughta, and
O wash-a those hands

So high, I can’t get over it
So low, I can’t get under it
So wide, I can’t get round it
O wash-a those hands

Quartermaster’s Store

There were rats, rats, as big as pussy cats
In the store, in the store
There were rats, rats, as big as pussy cats
In the Quartermaster’s store

My eyes are dim I cannot see
I have not brought my specs with me
I have not brought my specs with me

There were mice, mice, eating all the rice …

There was bread, bread, heavier than lead …

There were mice, mice, eating all the rice …

There was cake, cake, cake you couldn’t break …

Drunken Sailor

Rap rhyme
Wash ’em for the coughs and wash ‘em for the colds
Wash ’em for the kids and wash ‘em for the olds
Wash ‘em for your country, wash ‘em for your school
Wash ‘em for your cat and your uncle Lou

Sneezing into elbow

(count in) One, two three:
Elbow, elbow, one, two, three
When you cough or when you sneeze.

Elbow, elbow, one, two, three
Use your elbow, please!


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