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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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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The September Music Education Blog Carnival is Here!
Sep01

The September Music Education Blog Carnival is Here!

Welcome! This blog carnival is a collection of blogs from music educators found around the world that submitted them over this past month. This month’s blog carnival is a wonderfully eclectic collection of posts that range from ideas and items for your music classroom, to temporarily leaving the classroom to pursue doctoral work in music education, to how music can respond to current events. I appreciate all of the contributors to the...

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Coding in the Elementary Music Classroom
May04

Coding in the Elementary Music Classroom

Recently, an alumni from our school who is now a successful young entrepreneur, stated to the students in grades three and up that one of the important skills that should be taught in schools is coding. A primary school teacher at our school received an email from a parent to let her know that his child is now using http://scratch.mit.edu/ and this child is successfully coding. In a recent faculty meeting, we were introduced to...

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Online Music Courses Now Available at MusicEdTech.Net
Mar03

Online Music Courses Now Available at MusicEdTech.Net

A number of my good friends are offering a selection of AMAZING, online, Music Ed/Tech courses this summer and throughout the year.   I encourage you all to check them out and consider learning with these, truly, expert teachers.   Barb, Amy, & Katie are among the finest music educators that I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with.   You can find our more about their courses at Barb’s Music Education Website:...

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