Blended Learning in the Music Classroom

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Welcome to my Mini-Course!! Stacey Barnes

I have noticed as a first-year teacher that technology plays an important role, especially in the music classroom. Smartboards, iTunes, YouTube, Garageband, Finale, and many other tools can be used to enhance learning in music class. I would like to use this opportunity to create a space for music teachers to learn about google classroom, google sites (which JUST had an update), Garageband, and Smartboards. I will include many ways that they can be utilized, specifically for music.

In other words, this is my way to learn more myself and can create a blog/course of sorts for others to use as a guide. There is so much that can be done with each of these tools that I would like to cover just beyond the basics of each and ways to find more information to learn more after the course as well. With technology advancing, more students are using technology devices as part of their education for basic school work and homework as well. Technology is making students more active and engaged in the learning process.

Course Objectives

Participants who complete this course will be able to:

  • The learner will be able to explain the importance & advocate for technology in their music classroom.
  • The learner will be able to utilize google sites to create a website for their music class.
  • The learner will be able to utilize google classroom to create assignments and manage projects for their students.
  • The learner will be able to create recordings on garage band that students can listen to & play along with at home.
  • The learner will be able to create interactive smart board lessons to increase students' engagement & interaction.

Needs Assessment

1. Instructional Problem As a new music teacher, "it appears many music educators are not actively utilizing technology in a manner that could potentially facilitate and enhance musical experiences for students" (Bauer). It seems as if teachers are taught briefly how to use certain technologies and then are expected to learn on their own how to implement them in their current classrooms without much guidance. I know that at orientation and faculty meetings, I personally heard many different apps and sites used being discussed that I had no clue about. I then went on to find out some information about each of them on my own.

2. Intended Setting This course was created to be completed on an individual setting for teachers looking for some extra help and resources, while at home or at school.

3. Participants This course is designed for all educators or teaching staff, but will be specifically geared towards music educators. It provides anyone who wants to develop understanding and technological supports in their music classroom with some handy tools and resources.

4. Intended Change After completing this course, participants will have resources and a "tool box" in order to supplement their lessons. They will apply strategies to their current lesson plans so that it supplements the classroom environment.

Course Units

Unit 1: Google Sites for the Music Room

  • Why should I create a Google Site/Website?
  • Basic steps to creating a site
  • Topics to include in your site
  • Managing your site & Control Access/Permissions

Unit 2: Google Classroom Projects & Assignments

  • Google Sites v.s. Google Classroom
  • Classroom features and benefits
  • Tasks that can be completed using Google Classroom
  • How to set up your Google Classroom

Unit 3: SMARTboard Interactive Lessons

  • How to get smart by using your SMARTboard
  • Things you didn't know you could do
  • Lesson plans & Resources

Unit 4: GarageBand Help (to be completed at a later date)

  • GarageBand Basics
  • How to record play-a-long songs for your band
  • Recording your band rehearsals
  • Ease of recording -- using your iPhone/iPad

Resources & External Links

Google Sites vs Google Classroom vs Blogger

Bradbury, J. (2016, January 23). The Great EdTech Debate: Google Sites vs Google Classroom vs Blogger · TeacherCast Educational Broadcasting NetworkbyJeffrey Bradbury. Retrieved December 14, 2016, from http://www.teachercast.net/2016/01/23/the-great-edtech-debate-google-sites-vs-google-classroom-vs-blogger/

Introduction to ABA form/ Garage Band Composing project. (n.d.). Retrieved December 14, 2016, from GarageBand Composition Project Shown through SMART Board Presentation