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Garage Band

8 Nov

Our third grade students have been using the “tried and true” Shurley Jingles for learning parts of a sentence.  To make it more relevant to the students today, and to incorporate technology into the mix, I have developed an activity that uses the Garage Band app on the iPad to “mix” a personalized version of the jingles for each class.  The options are endless for the number and difficulty of the instruments that are added, along with the students voices “rapping” the jingles.  Once the project is complete, the teachers have the ability to add the class jingles to the students iPod touches in the classroom for reinforcement and motivation in learning the parts of a sentence.  We have had a lot of fun and learned about music and language at the same time.  Feel free to adapt this project to your own needs.  Honestly, the possibilities are endless!

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Use What You Have

2 Aug

I am all about using the resources that are available to you. In my current situation, I’m not sure what will be ready to use when school begins because the school is being renovated. Therefore, I have to be ready for whatever presents itself (including limited technology available for a while). Students can be excited about the least bit of technology used in your teaching, whether it is a smartboard, an iPod Touch or an iPad, they will be engaged in the learning. Last year our school adopted a new set of textbooks for music education. The series came with electronic books and animated listening maps. Very simple technology, but fantastic impact. The students LOVED using them. This year I will be able to add these media sources to the smartboard and the students themselves can interact with the material. Make sure you are ready to “mix it up”. Use a variety of technology resources, but ALWAYS make sure you know how to run EVERYTHING before you present it to your class.

Another simple use of technology that will interest students is to present your summer vacation (whatever it was) using a presentation media such as PhotoStory or Powerpoint. I am using PhotoStory to present my summer vacation to my classes, since all 700 students will want to know what I did over summer break. Simple in design, my intention was to give students a challenge with reading, history and math at the same time they are entertained by my pictures.

COMING SOON… “My Summer Vacation”. Please leave any suggestions, comments or additional information that you would like to share.

iPad Apps for Education

29 Jul

There is a continuously growing list of iPad apps for educational use.  Because there are so many to choose from, I will be testing out my favorites and posting them here for you to try.  Check back frequently for new additions.

DropBox – which is also available for PC

Evernote – creating notes that can be shared

Google – same awesome tool

Skype/AIM – same as other devices

World Book – encyclopedia at your fingertips

Dictionary – easy access

HistoryMaps – awesome

iBooks – LOVE IT!

Kindle – easily download books from Barnes and Noble

SonicPics – great photo tool

Postcard – create your own postcards

Dragon Diction – we all need a little help with this!

Virtuoso – portable piano

3D Brain – literally

Periodic Table – boy would this have helped me in Jr. High

Etextbooks – nice not to lug around tons of books

Constitution – nice

My Congress – who doesn’t need help with this?

Planets – fun

Draw – free drawing

DoodleBuddy – I love to doodle

APOD – new astronomy pics every day

GeoSky Watch – good for science study or lesson

3D Sun – nice model

Hopefully this will get you started.  Choose a few to explore and share apps that you think are educationally worthy of the list.  Most of all, let’s make learning fun.  Enjoy!

Internet Safety

26 Jul

We all know that there are fabulous things available on the internet for our education and entertainment.  But for all of the wonderful things out there we need to make sure our students are aware of the bad things, and teach them how to stay away from them.  There are many internet settings that can be applied to computers and many schools have sites blocked, but how do we protect our students when all else fails?  Together we will explore some alternatives to help insure the security of our children’s internet searches.  For more information on safely using internet in the classroom, do a little research.  I have provided below some sites for you to view and perhaps help you plan the use of technology more carefully for your students.

http://teachingtoday.glencoe.com/howtoarticles/internet-safety-and-security-what-teachers-need-to-know

http://www.surfnetkids.com/go/safety/12/what-teachers-need-to-know-about-internet-safety/

http://www.marktreadwell.com/index.php

http://doug-johnson.squarespace.com/blue-skunk-blog/2009/8/7/guidelines-for-educators-using-social-networking-sites.html

Just a quick bit about protecting ourselves, as educators, while using internet resources:  Someone will see what you post!  Watch the attached video regarding facebook, myspace, etc. and how it relates to teachers.  http://youtube/XQKBizT6goQ

Please leave your comments and thoughts about this post in the Comment section.  This is a subject WE ALL need to discuss further!

iPad in Education Lesson Plans

25 Jul

Today I want you to explore the possibilities of technology and how teachers can incorporate it into their classroom.   Recently, I purchased the new iPad2 for
personal use.   While learning how to use the new device I discovered a galaxy of uses the iPad can provide for educational purposes.  Just like a regular computer, you can access amazing resources for your students; only the iPad is extremely easy, even for young students, to use and easy to carry with
you.  For better viewing while showing examples the iPad can easily be attached to a projector or TV for better viewing.  Some of the educational applications an iPad can be used for are: digital books, reference books and dictionaries, maps, Google earth, astrological pictures, photo editing, pictures on flikr galaxy, art examples and sketching, graphs, music, live and archived radio, science models and diagrams and the list goes on and on….  One of my favorite discoveries was a workshop conducted by the Institute for Science and Technology in Education using iPads for education (check out the site at http://sites.google.com/site/ipadined/events/2010-06-28/lesson).  While visiting the site you can view sample lesson plans that provide iPad lesson objectives, apps needed, and instructions for completing the lessons. Most of the apps used in the lessons can be download for free.   The iPad lessons available from ISTE are focused on history, literature, geometry and science.  Our third grade classes will be using iPod touches this coming school year.   Many of the apps for iPad can also be used on the iPod touch.  I can’t wait to incorporate my own music lessons using Garage Band for iPad!  If you are
interested in using new technology in your classroom consider purchasing an iPad.  The possibilities are endless…

Feel free to complete the following poll about technology in education. 

Technology Poll

23 Jul

Please complete one of the short polls, on the menu to the right, regarding technology in education.

Class Projects

23 Jul

Please check back throughout the year to see pictures and video of our class projects and programs.  Below you will find a few pictures from the Spring Patriotic Program 2011  and SAU student instrument demonstration for you to view.  Hope you enjoy!

Classroom Rules and Procedures

23 Jul

All classroom rules and discipline procedures have been updated for the new school year.  They are available through the school handbook and should be read by each parent and explained to your child before school begins on August 15.  Please let your teacher or principal know if you have any questions about the new discipline procedures.