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

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

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

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

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