In speaking with one of my colleagues - I learned of an app that can be used on iPhones, iPod Touches and iPads called notebrainer. It is an app that will set up flash card type screens to help students learn the names of notes quickly. Believe it or not - we still have some in the high schools that aren't fluent with this. I will be looking forward to when we get these tools for our classrooms.
One thing that I hadn't considered before was the whole world of Digital Citizenship. Along with the normal planning of classroom activities - DC is going to add a great deal of complexity to our plans. It is not going to be nearly as easy to move into using these tools as one might think. Also - as the size of my class is considerably larger than the typical academic class - it is going to be more difficult for us to break into small groups to use the tools. Making sure that each student has access to the tools is going to be yet another thing to consider. Is it the policy of SBISD that the larger the class size - the more tools they get?
One of the unexpected outcomes of this project is that I don't feel compelled to fully or regularly integrate these new ideas into my classroom. If I were a lecture format teacher - I think that tons of these things would be helpful. However - that is a LONG way from how we run performing arts classes. I don't want to say anything that will jeopardize my job - but suffice it to say - I would love to learn from a music teacher who has successfully integrated these types of technologies into the classroom. I don't mean at all to say that I am refusing to go this direction. Nevertheless - I did enjoy learning some of the things that other teachers might use.
Second ending: I was impressed by how much work went into putting all of this together. I think that KJ and her team were very thorough and put things in a very understandable manner - a blog to demonstrate a blog. Thanks!