Thursday, November 15, 2012

Twitter for Teachers!! :) #musedchat

Those who know me are largely unaware of my twitter obsession.  Until I ventured into the music education side of twitter over the weekend.  Oh how fun it was to scroll through people who are teaching music all over the countries, and be inspired all over again by some of the things they are doing, and sharing links about.

Imagine my surprise on Monday evening, just trying to find more people to follow, when I stumble upon a Music Education twitter chat!!  It was so cool to connect with other music teachers.
I received app recommendations for my playing assessments, and great ideas for storing the information  in an organized way. All because of the little #musedchat hashtag.  :)

It has been very fun!

On twitter I am @HiTechBandTeach, and I have made excellent connections with other music teachers. I have read incredible articles, learned of excellent projects for general music or band classes, and I have made the really big world just a little bit smaller.

This link is an excellent resource that explains how to use #hashtags, and has a comprehensive list of hashtag suggestions. There are so many different hashtags that people are using to connect with other educators.

But first-- is twitter overwhelming? Does the term "tweet" embarrass you? Let me try to demystify the whole scenario for you. Twitter 

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Using Screen-cast-o-matic to make tutorials!

We have a really cool professional development sessions based around technology every month in our district.  Last month I signed up for a session on "Flipping the Classroom" which is essentially creating videos or other types of instruction for students to view individually, so that class time no longer needs to be used for things that can be done at home.

Using screen-cast-o-matic I was able to create two video tutorials for my students. It was awesome!

What is unique about Screen-cast-o-matic (dang, typing those hyphens is aggravating.) is that it can capture a video of you while also capturing what is going on your screen.

Here is a video that I made for my high school students, showing them a couple different apps that I wanted them to download and become comfortable with.

apps for music 1

Then, when I was preparing for a substitute for my 7th grade music class, I made a video explaining the basics about GarageBand.  On this video, I forgot to turn the video camera on, and actually made a second version with the camera.  It was scary.  So I kept the one without my face in the corner.  I think it was a good decision. :)

Garageband tutorial (7th grade music)

It was really fun, and I will definitely be doing more with this in the future!!

Friday, October 26, 2012

iPad for Playing Assessment

What an amazing week!

Last weekend-- Friday afternoon and Saturday all day -- I attended a class on assessment in the music classroom.  I came away so excited about everything that I had learned, with renewed enthusiasm and vigor for assessments and standards based teaching.

While talking with the other teachers at the class, I was inspired by some of the things they do with their classes.   Now that our high school is 1 to 1 with iPads, it was time to leverage this amazing technology!

Using the iTalk Recorder app (the free version), the students set the ipad up on their music stand, with the 40 measure selection we had determined to record beside it.  They started the recording, and we all played the section of the piece together, and then they emailed their recordings to me.

What a wealth of information!
I have a much greater picture of where we stand on this song because of this exercise.  Some of recordings were exactly as I expected, while others were such pleasant surprises.  I was able to send students meaningful feedback that without time for small group lessons has otherwise been missing.

We will be doing this frequently!