Creating ePubs in the Music Classroom

Book Creator is one of my favourite apps to use in my music classroom. One of the advantages to using a general classroom app in music lessons is that the students already know how to use the app and therefore most times I do not have to spend time teaching them all the skills needed. On … Continue reading Creating ePubs in the Music Classroom

Gathering Video Assessment for Reporting

It's that time of year again in Australian Schools with mid year reports due. Now that I have finished and sent mine through, I would like to share with you how I use video observations┬áto help me with my assessment. Taking video footage in the classroom is really easy now that we have it readily … Continue reading Gathering Video Assessment for Reporting

Coding Music Instrument Apps in Hopscotch & Tynker

Why should we bring coding into the music room? Because not only is it cross curricular and ticking the STEAM methodology of teaching, it is also asking our students to think about the fundamentals of music. What is it we need to consider when making an instrument? Pitch, melody, and/or beat, rhythm, tempo and tone … Continue reading Coding Music Instrument Apps in Hopscotch & Tynker

21 iPad Apps for the Music Classroom: General Education and Music Specific

Your school has purchased a class set of iPads or implemented a 1-1/BYOD structure, so which apps should you deploy or ask your students to purchase? The following 21 apps are the ones that I have found over the past 4 years to be of great value in my classroom (Kinder-Grade 7) and is my current … Continue reading 21 iPad Apps for the Music Classroom: General Education and Music Specific

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

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

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

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