It’s almost October and many teachers are settling into a routine at school, be it virtual, face to face, or some variation in between. Given this routine, now may be the perfect time to take your current tech practices to the next level. Whether adding a new tool to your toolbox or simply increasing functionality of the tools you already have, here’s a recap of the most loved and read technology related blog posts. Take this opportunity to read, enjoy, and level up your music tech game!
Flipgrid is a video response tool created for sharing musical voice! The premise is simple, but the options are unlimited! Check out this post to learn more about how you can use Flipgrid to hear each student’s musical voice: Using Flipgrid in Instrumental Music.
The Music Snippet (formerly Flat for Docs) add-on allows users to insert music notation directly into Google Docs and Slides – without ever leaving the application! Flat for Docs can be used by teachers or students to create, compose, and share music. Check out this post for ideas about how to use Flat for Docs in your classroom: Music Snippet- Music Notation for Google Docs.
Google Jamboard is quickly gaining popularity with teachers, as it’s a great interactive digital tool. Jamboard is an interactive whiteboard where users can brainstorm, collaborate and share ideas. The simplicity of Jamboard makes it great for using with students of all areas. This post contains several ideas on how to use Jamboard in music classes: Getting Started With Google Jamboard.
Many music teachers have found themselves creating more digital content than ever. Luckily, there are a number of useful tools available for this purpose. Check out this post, Four Easy Tools for Creating Digital Resources, to learn about several of my favorites: Canva, Unsplash, The Noun Project, and the Color Pick Eyedropper.
One useful feature of Google Chrome is the ability to customize your browsing and creating experiences using add-ons and extensions. Add-ons go with specific G Suite applications to add new capabilities. Chrome extensions are small software programs that work with Google Chrome to enhance browsing. This post covers seven of my favorite add-ons and extensions, including Autocrat, Pear Deck, Loom, Mote, Slides Timer, and more! Seven Google Add-ons and Extensions for Music Teachers
There are endless uses for Google Slides when teaching music! Teachers and students can create content, collaborate, and share easily within this one tool. Check out this post to learn more about creating content in Google Slides, download and publishing options, and other fun tricks for maximizing your use of Google Slides. Tips and Tricks for Using Google Slides in Music
This post was written by my good friend and co-author of Pass the Baton: Empowering All Music Students, Kathryn Finch. Kathryn is an elementary general music teacher outside of Chicago. In this post, Kathryn shares how she took a traditional teacher-directed rhythm assessment and transformed it into a student-led project incorporating student voice, choice, and creativity. Be sure to check out her post: Transform a Composition Project from Teacher-Led to Student-Led.