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

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

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