Music.ly is an app that allows for the creation and sharing of music videos. Like any app that allows for public sharing, there are definitely pros & cons. I have heard educators talk about this app as the worst app for kids to be on, and yet when you play with it, you can definitely see why kids (and adults) would be drawn to it! It allows for the creation of professional-looking videos which are easy to share with friends. Here’s one that Here’s one that Sylvia Duckworth created during a Pub PD.
The app itself offers unique features and why users would be drawn to it. It is fun and easy to use. Within minutes you can create professional looking music videos (lip synch or original). Check out an overview Here.
There are however some concerns due to content that may be sexually provocative and issues around privacy. Despite the fact that the app suggests 12 as a minimum age, parents are saying it’s more appropriate for older kids. This is what parents had to say via Common Sense Media.
Rather than shut it down, or ignore its existence, it is important to have conversations around privacy and appropriate content.
The most important conversations involve privacy and appropriate content. You do need an email to sign up and you need to create a username. Some people don’t feel comfortable using their full name and so a crucial conversation involve pros and cons around real vs user name.
The default is set to public. This means that anyone can download your music.ly. For example, I really liked this video and downloaded it to my Youtube channel. You absolutely need to know that is a possibility and need to switch it to private if this is of concern.
Like any app that allows a user to create content and other users to comment, necessary conversations need to be had around how to comment positively and how to react when there are negative comments made on your video.
Use in the classroom
When a tool is used authentically and with the guidance of a classroom teacher, there is an opportunity to have those crucial conversations and explore some of the concerns together. Music.ly might be a good choice for any extension activity in which students create their own rap or dance or as in the example above for the creation of art with a music background.
The infographic below gives you an overview of the app.
Link to infographic with hyperlinks here
What are your thoughts on this app?