Professional Development

2017 Workshops

Adelaide Friday 24 February 2017

Perth Friday 17 March 2017

Sydney Friday 31 March 2017

Melbourne Friday 19 May 2017

Brisbane Friday 2 June 2017

Auckland Friday 23 June 2017

CODING IN THE MUSIC CLASSROOM

From coding songs to coding your own instruments. Learn about the difference between computer coding software and coding apps being used in primary schools and how you can effectively and authentically include coding projects in your music program.

We will look at Scratch (computer software), Tynker and Hopscotch (iPad apps), and additional hardware such as the Makey Makey.

Session Notes: Coding in the Music Classroom

 

SINGLE LESSON GARAGEBAND ACTIVITIES FOR THE PRIMARY CLASSROOM

Are you wanting to include GarageBand into your units of work but don’t want to spend multiple lessons focused on creating a piece of work on the iPad? See how one activity in your lesson can be extended using the iPad. The activities demonstrated focus on dynamics, tempo, rhythm patterns, melodic rhythms, texture, tone colour and form. Examples include how I transformed a drone and pitch map lesson, where I always struggled to get student participation, into an activity my students wanted to repeat time and time again.

Session Notes Single Lesson GarageBand Activities for the primary classroom

 

CREATING EPUBS IN THE MUSIC CLASSROOM

(Sydney only)

Learn how to create ePubs using Book Creator and how it is possible for your students to become iBooks authors.

  • Create a “What Instrument is this?” sound book
  • Rewrite and record children’s songs as picture books
  • Combine GarageBand and Book Creator to create an information book about subjects such as Instrument Families
  • Jazz up your student’s research projects to include sound and video
  • My student’s favourite project… create your own sound icon storybook! See how my students recorded and arranged a 2 bar melody for each Nativity character, creating a Nativity Sound story, imitating the print picture books that come with sound buttons

Session Notes: ePubs in the Music Classroom

Previous Workshops

DIGITAL PORTFOLIOS

Digital Portfolios are a fantastic tool for assessment and showcasing student work from formative to summative work samples.

Explain Everything is an App that offers classroom teachers the opportunity to ‘App smash’ bringing together into one file: images, PDFs, word processing files, video and audio files directly from other apps or from cloud storage such as Dropbox and Google Drive. Providing a portfolio of student work in one presentation file.

Other apps shown will be Book Creator a more simple app best used in the junior primary classroom to achieve a similar outcome.

Digital Portfolios: blog post

Digital Portfolios: session notes

 

10+ MUSIC CODING PROJECTS TO CREATE USING SCRATCH & THE MAKEY MAKEY

Teach your students to code their own virtual music instrument. Combine your Scratch project with the Makey Makey invention kit and make your very own MIDI instrument.

Latest research shows coding is an important skill to learn in the primary school years and provides opportunities for cross-curricular learning in mathematics, the sciences and The Arts.

Scratch is an online and offline, computer based, coding program used to teach the basics of coding games and apps. Appropriate for grades 3+.

Scratch and Makey Makey Blog Post

 

Scratch and Makey Makey Session notes

 

COMPOSING AND CREATING IN CODE ON THE iPAD

Hopscotch is a popular, simple classroom coding iPad app used to teach the basics of coding games.

Teach your students that coding can be used to create their own music instrument. Learn how to arrange simple performances to well know songs such as Hot Cross Buns and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star as Cheryl walks you through her 8 week unit of work.

Your students will be amazed at what they achieve.

No music experience necessary, a great way to integrate music into your STEAM teaching.

Composing and Creating in Code on the iPad: Blog post

 

Composing and Creating in Code on the iPad: Session notes

 

 

ADDING TECH – REDEFINE THE CURRICULUM RESOURCES SITTING ON YOUR SHELF

Learn how to look at the print resources you already own, or would like to buy, and turn them into an activity using technology. Do you have:

  • 1 or more iPads
  • An Interactive Whiteboard or a Data Projector
  • A computer lab or a trolley of laptops/macbooks

Utilise apps/software/online resources to add depth to your music lesson and bring your activities off the page and onto the screen.

Adding Tech: Session notes

iPADS, IWBs AND RECORDERS

 

One of the world’s oldest instruments meets one of the world’s newest technologies! Let Cheryl show you where recorders and iPads come together – with the exciting new Bushfire Press program, ‘Recorder Room’. Videos, music tracks, charts and live presenters (well – filmed live), all at your fingertips on the iPad screen. And the students can practise at home to videos and look at the next lesson’s videos as well.. Cheryl will also be demonstrating ‘The Interactive Music Room’ (iPads/IWBs), ‘Music Room Tech’ (iPads), We’re Orff (iPads). 

iPad’s, IWB’s and Recorders: Session notes

 

INTERACTIVE POSTERS

 

Learn to create and use QR codes and Dropbox as tools for teacher delivery and student projects: delivering content and sharing files. Gain ideas on ways for students to use QR codes in their own projects to add another dimension to their presentations.

Participants will need an iPad and or laptop/macbook, Apps required: Pages and a QR Code reader such as i-nigma. Additional useful apps: Explain EverythingBook Creator.

Interactive Posters: Blog Post

Interactive Posters: Session notes

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