10 Things Teachers Should Know about Spotify

With Spotify, nobody is relegated to the exclusive role of consumer (though we may self-elect it); rather, we are all empowered to be creators, producers and tastemakers and we are encouraged every step of the way to be collaborative in our processes.

1. Accessing Spotify

2. Spotify is freemium, though offers #Techquity

  • Premium accounts listen ad-free whereas free accounts have listening interrupted by commercials (because free isn’t ever really free).
  • Premium accounts have unlimited, on-demand listening. Free accounts have limits on skipping tracks and going to a specific place in a song.
  • Off-line listening is a perk for premium accounts. This means that paying users can select songs, albums and playlists to be downloaded to their devices and therefore accessed without an internet connection or using costly data on your cell plan. It comes in handy when flying and if your school has frequent bandwidth issues, you won’t be a part of the collective action problem slowing down everyone’s internet.

3. Getting comfortable with your player

Shoutout to Chris Moore, with whom I first presented on Spotify and who created the original version of this graphic!

4. The ellipsis thingy is your friend

5. Dynamic discovery through worldwide crowdsourcing

6. Access real-time lyrics to the current song

Caveat: not a feature currently available on the mobile app

7. Search all of Spotify by lyrics

8. Embed songs, albums and playlists

9. Work smarter, not harder by following others’ playlists

10. Work smarter, not harder with Collaborative Playlists

Add to this collaborative playlist! Follow it, then find a song containing similes you want to include.

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Singing along with the chorus is the easy part. The meat and potatoes are in the Verses. Educator, speaker, connector and risk-taker. @SenorG on the Twitter

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Singing along with the chorus is the easy part. The meat and potatoes are in the Verses. Educator, speaker, connector and risk-taker. @SenorG on the Twitter

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