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Introduction to Mini-Course: Effective Use of Technology in K-12 Music Courses

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Title: Effective Use of Technology in K-12 Music Courses'


The purpose of this course is to teach participants a few different ways to use specific platforms to help their students succeed. Implementing technology in the K-12 music class can really help in student success. The topics for this mini-course are to assist instructors in keeping open strong lines of communication and access to the instructors and the content. The Weebly page allows teachers to create sites that can hold content, assignments, scaffolding videos and contact information as well as the use of the Remind 101, which reminds students, via email or text message, of upcoming assessments and assignments with due dates. The Smart Notebook software allows teachers to design imaginative and creative activities that create hands on participation in the learning process. Smart Notebook can also take attendance, assess and also allow students to compete against each other in content driven games and challenges. The web-quest is a tool that can be fun, like an information scavenger hunt as well as a good way to strengthen research practices, reading and writing skills and discerning between trusted information and false information in the online environment.

Learning Outcomes

1.) Given specific instructions, participants will be able to design a weebly page dedicated to their specific courses.

2.) Following specified prompts, participants will be able to design Smart Board activities to further instruction.

3.) Using a given set of guidelines, participants Will Be able to design a Webquest for web based research skills.

Needs Assessment

1. Instructional problem: The lack of knowledgeable educators that are able to use specific technologies to aide instruction

2. The nature of what is to be learned: To become proficient in designing and incorporating certain technologies in the classroom.

3. About the learners: the learners will vary in this mini-course. For the Weebly page, the learners are high school students grade 9-12. The smart Notebook unit is geared toward elementary (k-5/6) students and the web-quest is geared toward middle school (grade 6-8) students.

4. Instructional content: Lessons offering the information on how to build a site, navigating Smart Notebook software and designing a well rounded web-quest as a tool to engage learners in research and writing skills.

5. Explore instructional problem/solution: Teachers are using worksheets and textbooks in the classroom to drive instruction. Students are not involved in the process and are seldom engaged. Bringing technology, including, Smart boards and web based research projects incorporates activities that engage learners at a higher level.

*Even artistic students are tech savvy. using technology in music class creates motivation in students and allows for competition and promotes a fun learning environments.

*Technology in the classroom can advance students' ability to create and analyze music. Technology can allow students to view music as if they were playing the piece from another instruments point of view.

*Using technology allows educators to differentiate and try to make learning meaningful for all students. Technology based work can allow learners to work at their own pace.

Studies have shown that using technology increases engagement and performance. Technology like SMART Boards are used all over the world. Jackie Wiggins and Alex Ruthermann found that SMART boards were a positive focal point for the room. "Whenever the instructor touched the board, participants’ heads turned and their eyes and attention became fixed on the SMART Board.(2002) In a similar study encompasses multiple technology platforms, Susan Berg-Williams explained "The teacher uses the Smart Board daily to present the plan for each class period using PowerPoint software. He uses links in the PowerPoint presentation to show YouTube videos or audio recordings of performances approximately twice a week.(2013, pg.26)"

Performance Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will:

Design a homepage using combined with a Remind101 access site. Cognitive: Knowledge & Application
Design an engaging activity using Smart Notebook software Cognitive: Understanding, Analyzing, Application & Evaluating
Design a meaningful and successful learning experience by constructing a web-quest Cognitive: Understanding & Application

Task Analysis

Unit 1: What is a Weebly site?

  • Participants will navigate and complete a scavenger hunt
  • Participants will design and create a site specific to their course load.

Unit 2: How does Smart Notebook work? Prerequisite: Must Have Access to Smart Board in your Class

  • Participants will complete a series of simple tasks to become familiar with the software.
  • Participants will create a single lesson or game using their knowledge of Smart Notebook software

Unit 3: What is a web-quest?

  • Participants will read about web-quests and complete a prefabricated assignment.
  • Participants will design and create their own web-quest

Curriculum Map

Click File:Wikimap.pdf for the course Curriculum Map

Mini-Course Units

1.) in High School Music Courses

Click HERE to begin Unit 1.

2.) Smart Board Design for Elementary Music

Click HERE to begin Unit 2.

3.) Web-Quests for Research in Middle School

Click HERE to begin Unit 3.

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References and Resources

Berg-William, S. K. (n.d.). About This Item. Retrieved November 17, 2017, from

Burns, A. M. (2006). Integrating Technology into Your Elementary Music Classroom. General Music Today, 20(1), 6-10. doi:10.1177/10483713060200010103

Lee, A., & Jen, Y. H. (2015). Interactive Whiteboard Integration into Music Teaching and Learning: Preschool Children as a Case Study. Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences, 177, 449-458. doi:10.1016/j.sbspro.2015.02.394

Linde, S. (n.d.). Technology in the Music Classroom. Retrieved November 08, 2017, from

Weber, S. (2010, December 14). Do Smart Boards Make for Smart People? Retrieved November 08, 2017, from

Wiggins, J., & Ruthmann, A. (2002). Music Teachers' Experiences: Learning through SMART Board Technology. 1-13. Retrieved November 15, 2017, from