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10 things I love about using iPad’s in my classroom

Introducing one-to-one iPad's into classrooms has become one of the hottest topics of conversation. I thought I would share with you the benefits I see of this new form of technology in schools. The 10 things I love about using iPad's in my classroom is written through the lens of the Learner Profiles from International … Continue reading 10 things I love about using iPad’s in my classroom

Another great Article on BYOD in the classroom

Here is another great read. http://www.edudemic.com/how-to-byod-classroom/ The article talks about: Set realistic expectations and outcomes in regards to why you are using the device. Planning thoroughly to avoid dead time in the classroom in an era where the students can most of the time know more than us with this new technology and always have … Continue reading Another great Article on BYOD in the classroom

Mistakes Schools Can Make Implementing the Use of iPads (my comments on an article written by Tom Daccord)

I was sent a link to this fantastic article (click on the title below) on implementing iPad's in Schools and the mistakes schools/teachers can make. 5 Critical Mistakes Schools Make With iPads (And How To Correct Them) By Tom Daccord on September 27, 2012@edtechteacher Tom highlights these as the 5 critical mistakes made Focusing on … Continue reading Mistakes Schools Can Make Implementing the Use of iPads (my comments on an article written by Tom Daccord)

iPads and QR Codes in the Classroom

This month I presented my first 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 QR Codes Part of my presentation was on using QR codes to provide … Continue reading iPads and QR Codes in the Classroom

Combining Garage Band & iMovie in the Music Classroom

On a student free day last year my son inspired me to combine Garage Band and iMovie as a fun way to fill a rainy day spent inside. It started off as any normal day teaching Oscar his piano lesson until he decided he wanted to record the song he was practicing 'Icecream' in Music … Continue reading Combining Garage Band & iMovie in the Music Classroom

Planning IB PYP in the Specialist / Single Subject Classroom

With no prior experience with teaching in an IB PYP school, starting out last year in my new school as the Classroom Music Teacher was quite a daunting experience.  I was truly blessed though to have great support in my Principal and other staff members who encouraged me to teach my music program from my … Continue reading Planning IB PYP in the Specialist / Single Subject Classroom

Displaying iPads in the Classroom

I have found a great software package  called Reflector which you can download onto your computer to allow students to mirror their iPad's onto your screen. The free trial allows you to use it for 10 minutes  and the full version costs  $12.99. Your computer will need to have a wifi connection. For me this … Continue reading Displaying iPads in the Classroom

Classroom Organisation

In the 6 years I have been teaching Classroom Music I have tried to find the most efficient way to organise my classroom I would like to share how I have set up my classroom this year, hopefully it will help you and I would love to hear how other people set their classrooms up. … Continue reading Classroom Organisation

But I don’t have an Interactive Whiteboard!

have no fear... there are other ways around it! In the current school I work at I do not have an interactive whiteboard in my room. Having just invested in an iPod I came across an app called Air Display which allows you to control your computer remotely from your mobile device, trialling this by … Continue reading But I don’t have an Interactive Whiteboard!

Welcome

Welcome! I am a primary classroom music teacher, teaching levels Reception through Year 7. I have been teaching since 2003. My first 3 years I taught in the UP classroom and since 2006 I have also been a specialist Classroom Music teacher. This is my 2nd year teaching in an International Baccalaureate School and am … Continue reading Welcome