Integration and Websites
It was a great beginning to my course at CCSU teaching “Integrating Technology into the Elementary Music Classroom” as we explored the concept of integration and websites that could easily be utilized in the elementary general music classroom. We explored the “how” of integrating technology through Dr. Ruben Puentedura’s “Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, and Redefinition – SAMR” model (http://www.hippasus.com/). I always add “E” to SAMR to make it E-SAMR, where the “E” stands for experimentation because if an educator is given an Interactive Whiteboard and told to use it, but was not given any training or time to experiment with it, then the whiteboard becomes a glorified screen. Technology can be another tool or it can change the way you teach. However, in order to make the decision on what it will be for you in your classroom, you have to be able to go through the process of E-SAMR so that when you utilize it, your students experience and feel musical successes.
We then explored numerous websites and thought of ways to integrate them into the classroom. Some of these sites could be used by music educators as resources or by students as a part of an assessment or as a way of augmenting the teaching of certain musical concepts. It was a great day.
Tomorrow, we will be exploring digital audio apps and iPads.