These are instructional videos to help you see the wonderful creations Mrs. Salzman's class made on their iPads this fall. Of course, everybody's computer setup is different, so this may or may not work for you. If you are still having difficulties, I'd be happy to help you. Send me an e-mail explaining the problem, and tell me a little about your computer set up. Good luck, and enjoy the Legends!
You may have heard the melodious sounds of xylophones emanating from Sprague's music room recently. Our students have been working on refining their performance techniques - keeping up a steady rhythm and maintaining correct posture are two goals that have helped them in this endeavor.
Initially, I worked with the music teacher, Pam Orals, to look at ways she could use technology to assist in the assessment of her students. The discussion led to talking about how some teachers are using Google Forms as an efficient way to collect and organize assessment data. We ended up planning a student-led assessment opportunity that would encourage some self-reflection and collaboration with classmates, without taking away too much time from actually performing with the instruments.
The process was fun to observe. The students were highly engaged at all times. They were focused during their performances, and most enjoyed working together to watch their and discuss what they saw (some were a little shy to see themselves on the iPad). Using a QR code made it easy to find and complete the performance survey. The teacher was able to review the videos later to make her own assessment notes - something that would not be virtually impossible otherwise.
We found that some of the students had hard time with the reflection process. Some were not able report an honest critique of their performance, despite having the opportunity to review their efforts first hand. Despite these challenges, the process was certainly worthwhile. I'd like to explore the effectiveness of using video to enhance the reflective process in other areas of school life, and using Google Forms to record the experience seems to be a natural combination.
I'll use this blog to share examples of technology integration in the classroom. If you have a lesson that you would like to showcase, I'd be very happy to help you share it with the rest of the world!