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Part 2: Planning IB PYP in the Specialist / Single Subject Classroom 2014 Overview

I have┬áhad some great feedback on my initial post about specialist/single subject music planning in an IB school. Apologies for not writing this one sooner. This post is a wrap up of my programming in my 3rd year of teaching in an IB school. Please note I still see myself on a learning journey in … Continue reading Part 2: Planning IB PYP in the Specialist / Single Subject Classroom 2014 Overview

Digital Portfolios: Assessment in the iPad Classroom

In 2015 I have been presenting this workshop around Australia and New Zealand receiving great feedback from those who have attended. At the beginning of October 2015 I launched the above title as the first in my series of Virtual PD publications. It is 90 Minutes of accredited Professional development containing video tutorials, step by step … Continue reading Digital Portfolios: Assessment in the iPad Classroom

Help I lost my video & photo assessment on my iPad!

It's that embarrassing & sickening moment when you realise that even though you may be seen as tech savvy by your peers, you make the mistake of deleting a file before confirming you had a backup. Really it has been a miracle I haven't made this mistake earlier! I got a new iPad last week and set about … Continue reading Help I lost my video & photo assessment on my iPad!

iPads in the Music Classroom Professional Development Workshop

This month I presented my first PD workshop titled 'iPads in the Middle Primary Music Classroom'  at the Music Technology in Education Conference in Melbourne, Australia. I had really great feedback from the participants and comments that the information I shared is not only relevant to Middle Primary but all the way through K-12.   The topics … Continue reading iPads in the Music Classroom Professional Development Workshop

iPads and Dropbox in the classroom

This month I presented my first ever Professional Development workshop at the Music Technology in Education Conference in Melbourne, Australia, on using iPad's in the music classroom. I had really great feedback from the participants and hope to do more presentations around Australia in the next 12 months. iPad's and Dropbox Part of my presentation was … Continue reading iPads and Dropbox in the classroom

Music as Non Verbal Cues in the Classroom

Do you grab kids attention without having to speak? As music teachers our voice is our instrument, we need to care for it and therefore we need to be diligent in finding ways we can communicate using non verbal cues to conserve the use of our voice. Not only this, but it lightens the mood … Continue reading Music as Non Verbal Cues in the Classroom

The YouTube Classroom: using videos to grab attention

Our children are now growing up wired for visual and sound with all the technology that is available to them. We as teachers are need to learn how to embrace this shift in our classrooms as well. TV adverts are full of quick visual stimuli and attention grabbing music and this is what our children … Continue reading The YouTube Classroom: using videos to grab attention

Free Music Advocacy Resource: Six things every parent should know about music

I have been thinking about writing an article to give out to my parents at school about why it is important that we have Music as a specialist subject. However why reinvent the wheel when a wonderful colleague of mine, Janice Tuck, from The Fun Music Company emailed one to me this morning. She has … Continue reading Free Music Advocacy Resource: Six things every parent should know about music

Teaching Music Made Easy for the Classroom Teacher

If you are a classroom teacher I understand how teaching music can be very daunting but I can tell you that I was in your shoes 10 years ago. Without having any university training in teaching music I just happened to be the closest there could be to a Classroom Music Teacher in my rural … Continue reading Teaching Music Made Easy for the Classroom Teacher

A great read if you are implementing the use of iPad’s in your classroom

I've just read this article on my favourite website Edudemic (it's now set as my homepage!). http://www.edudemic.com/teachers-ipad-guide/ the part I love the most about in this article is where it talks about the use of technology and the shift we as teachers need to grasp in moving from enhancement to transformation in our teaching. This … Continue reading A great read if you are implementing the use of iPad’s in your classroom