The First Five Things You Should Do When Your District Hands You A Device for 1:1 Initiative: Advice For The Angry or Fearful
Mar21

The First Five Things You Should Do When Your District Hands You A Device for 1:1 Initiative: Advice For The Angry or Fearful

For some of us, a 1:1 initiative is exciting. For others, it is scary and overwhelming. Often our reaction to being scared and overwhelmed can be sadness, despair, anxiety, or anger. If this is true for you, here’s are my suggestions for the first five things you should do with your new device. #1: Do nothing. That’s right, put the darn thing on a shelf for a few days or a week. Be defiant. Don’t even turn it on. Look at it...

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TMEA/TI:ME Conference 2015 – Day 2
Feb13

TMEA/TI:ME Conference 2015 – Day 2

Day 2 of the TMEA/TI:ME conference proved to be as good as the first day. There were so many sessions to choose from, that I was strolling in and out of many during the morning hour. In addition, the exhibit hall opened and if you have never been to TMEA’s exhibit hall, it takes about two days to explore it all. As an elementary music educator, it was great to begin the day yesterday in the Ballroom C rooms. They had numerous...

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TMEA 2015 – Day 1: TI:ME Pre-conference
Feb12

TMEA 2015 – Day 1: TI:ME Pre-conference

Yesterday, The Technology for Music Education (TI:ME-http://www.ti-me.org), held a pre-conference day at the Texas Music Educators Association’s (TMEA) annual conference. TI:ME provided over 35 sessions about music education and music technology. There were so many amazing presentations, that it was difficult to choose which ones to attend. I attended Jennifer Patterson and Virginia Neely-Stout’s session titled...

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Music – So Much More Than Notation
Jan26

Music – So Much More Than Notation

As a Music Technology specialist, I often get questions from educators looking to start a Music Tech program in their school. One of the most common inquiries is about notation software, i.e. which engraving product do I use to teach Music Tech – Sibelius, Finale, Notion, Noteflight etc.? I love all those products and I use them in my personal composing and arranging, but teachers are always surprised that I deflect their...

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PlanBook.com – Organizing My Lessons Efficiently
Jan25

PlanBook.com – Organizing My Lessons Efficiently

When I teach classes or workshops on integrating technology into the elementary music classroom, I continually reference Dr. Ruben Puentedura’s SAMR Model (Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, and Redefinition), found at http://www.hippasus.com/rrpweblog/.  I emphasize to music educators that when integrating technology into the music classroom, you can begin by getting your feet wet, or substitution, as opposed to diving...

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Cobb County Music Teacher’s In-service Day (Amazing iPad Applications for Music)
Jan01

Cobb County Music Teacher’s In-service Day (Amazing iPad Applications for Music)

  This is the landing post for the materials (mostly iPad Music Education apps) that I discussed at the Cobb County School District In-service day on July 30.   Most of the links will take you directly to the iPad (iOS) apps that I discussed.  In many instances, these apps will cost under $5.00 U.S.; but, for most of you, the app itself is more than worth the money you will spend for it.   Although, I didn’t get to cover...

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