SketchBook Pro is a professional grade sketch pad for iPad. This seems like a great app for art classes or any project that involves creating drawings. It is almost like a photoshop for iPad but it is more designed for drawing. This seems like a very powerful app and worth the money.
Explain Everything is similar to iMovie except that it is designed specifically for instructional videos. This could bea great tool for teachers. Students could also use it for projects or other assignments. For the price, it seems that it would be worth the money.
Edmodo is an app that is similar to KSOL or Canvas. It is way to post assignments, messages, and grades, etc. This is designed more as an app so it is probably easier to work with than KSOL or Canvas on an iPad. The fact that it is free is a great bonus. It may have to be hooked up to a larger account like KSOL or Canvas so that may create an unexpected cost.
Grafio is an app designed to make charts, webs, and graphs. This app seems simple to use and has tutorials if you get confused. Teachers and students could use this app for all sorts of projects and lessons. The only bad part is that it is kind of expensive.
The Random Name Selector app is simply a way to randomly select names without using boring Popsicle sticks. It makes it more engaging. Also, it takes up less space then four cans of sticks, rather it is all on your iPad or iPhone, and you Can have multiple classes saved.
The following are my three favorite things that I experienced this semester.
1.) Broader Mind: I wrote about this website/movement for my reflection in week 8. I really enjoyed this because it is a movement that is fighting for music education. It presents the benefits of music education and emphasizes that importance of music in the education system. I enjoyed being able to spread the word and join in the fight by writing my reflection and sharing the website.
2.) Novation Launchpad: I wrote about this app in week 4. I found this app while scrolling through the app store. It is an excellent app for music education. You can create beats and accompaniments in seconds. I have already used it for a lesson in one of my classes. I plan on using this app a lot in my future.
3.) forScore: I wrote about this app for my week 7 app of the week. This app would be excellent to use in a school that provides iPads for their students. There would be no need for folders anymore or sheet music. This would make my life as a band director much easier. I hope to be able to use this app.
I did not have a precise “wow” moment, it was more of an accumulation of the entire semester. I have a passion for education and music. One of my favorite aspects of music is that it is a universal language. Everybody can experience a similar thing through music whether they speak the same language or not. It crosses cultural and language boundaries. It is extremely powerful. One of my goals of teaching music is to get my students to experience how music is a universal language. Technology makes this much easier. You can share music with people around the world and see their reactions. You can also experience their music as well. Technology creates many opportunities for this to happen and I plan on embracing this.
Above is the link to a TED Talks video. This is at a TED Education event. John Legend sang the song, “True Colors” at it as a song for teachers and students.
I thought that this song was very powerful. John Legend does an excellent job at reminding teachers of one of the most important things that a teacher should be doing. We should be seeing that our students’, “true colors are beautiful.” It reminds us to accept and care about each student equally. Every student is different and we need to be there and support each and everyone of our students. Along with that, we need to be sure to allow our students to allow us to see who they really are, to see their “true colors.” Environments that allow all students and the teacher to be feel safe to open up to each other is key. No student should be discouraged or scared. It is our job to encourage and support each student to achieve their fullest potential.
This song has a new meaning to me, and I hope it does to you too. Now lets go support our students in who they truly are.
“When am I ever going to use this?” “This assignments doesn’t matter?” “This is pointless.” These are questions and statements that every teacher dreads to here and are constantly battling to answer. What if we actually made the content matter to them? What if instead of just giving worksheets or set in stone assignments we created assignments that allowed students to make the assignment their own and matter to them.
Will Richardson, with Mindshift, talks about this exact topic in his article, For Students, the Importance of Doing Work that Matters. He talks about how their are schools in the US that have made assignments matter. He talked about students creating solar panels to be used in Africa, designing schools, and writing their own books and selling them. These are all assignments that make the students actually see how they matter. Richardson brings up the point that our students today have access to technology that connects them to millions of people across the world. This creates so many opportunities for students to share what they are doing and impacting others. It gives their work a purpose.
I hope to be able to so this as a music educator. Music is an incredible universal language and there are so many opportunities to share what you perform and create with others, as well as see what others are up to. I hope to use technology and the local community to show students that what they do matters, and to give them opportunities to make matter to them on a personal level.
ExitTicket is an excellent tool for classroom assessment. At K-State many large classes use what is called an iClicker. these are usually used at the end of class in order to give the large class a quiz without having to pass out a bunch of paper. It then shows the teacher what the students answered, creating assessment data.
ExitTicket is similar to an iClicker but better. You can put a name with the students account. Each class you can spend a few minutes on ExitTicket. This gives you an instant assessment on where each student is at with the content. You then have more time to review a concept, differentiate, or move on to a new concept. ExitTicket saves time because you don’t have to grade a bunch of papers. Instead, you can spend more time on the individual students needs. It has does an excellent job at tracking each students progress.