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    1. Infusing Interactive Whiteboards and other Visualization Tools in the Music ClassroomWendy Site: INFUSED MUS at:http://bloomsinger.wordpress.comWiki: MUSINGS WIKI at:

    2. Visualization . . . From Wikipedia: The adage"A picture is worth a thousand words" refers to the idea that a complex idea can be conveyed with just a single still image. It also aptly characterizes one of the main goals of visualization, namely making it possible to absorb large amounts of data quickly. Educators commonly utilize various visualization tools to scaffold content area instruction in the classroom.

    3. So, I was participating in a session for FWCS music teachers A few summers ago where Lisa Sullivan (consummate Orff instructor) was demonstrating how she uses PowerPoint visuals to help students process Orff instruction . . . and we were imitating Lisa’s body percussion models to learn a lengthy and varied playing pattern . . . So, we were standing there in the circle, the room was sort of dark, I was a little nervous and self-conscious, there was a lot of up and down motion in the pattern, and I was encountering static between the visual-brain-body synapse connections, which was really slowing me down . . . Then Lisa displayed a digital visual iconic representation (using PowerPoint) of the movement and pitch patterns and . . . Snap to Grid!

    4. As long as I focused on the digital visual, my eyes, mind, and body were perfectly aligned and coordinating to accurately perform the pattern with little effort at all. The visualization scaffold held with the transfer to playing the patterns with Orff instruments, as the iconic patterns were pretty much embedded, and I pictured them to match to the correct pitch bars on the instrument to play the part. As a visual/auditory combination learner, I needed that visual scaffold to help me succeed . . . I have lived with this learning frustration . . . Think about how many of our music students have similar subtle learning disabilities and way worse ones . . . Even students who are pretty much brain learning ready have their favored learning styles and . . . 65% of the learning population are visual learners.

    5. Every good music educator utilizes visuals and uncover visuals to help students process instruction, but digital visuals are so vivid, clean, and focus friendly (not to mention how animations hold interest) that they are even more accommodating than a human model for me. The majority of my students are visual/auditory combination learners. So, in this era of brain-based instruction I now constantly use digital visuals projected on my SMART Board to facilitate music instruction. But there’s more to it now . . .

    6. The first post in my blog site, INFUSED MUS at: A myriad of web resources, unique, accessible, and information abundant genres for communicating and collaborating, evolved media tools, and emergent creative technologies are continually morphing a technology immersed learning environment for music education. Today’s technology indigenousstudents have extremely sophisticated media palettes and are already utilizing urbane technologies to create and communicate. This native student interface demands that music educators infuse instruction strategies with innovative technology tools and resources in a learning landscape that integrates an array of purposefully selected, learner friendly tools, both acoustical and digital, to engage students in rigorous and relevant music lessons, projects, and activities.

    7. We now instruct in an “information abundant”, media literate, connected and interdisciplinary, collaborative, critically thinking, creativity, innovation, flexibility and productivity driven, and accountable 21st Century Learning environment. Students (and parents) expectALLeducators (including Music educators) to accommodate their unique approaches to learning and they expect us to facilitate their learning by utilizing “best practice”methodologies, learning strategies, and state of the art learning tools. By infusing the learning landscape with purposefully selected technology tools, music educators can create compelling and collaborative 21st Century Learning opportunities in music by merging a mix of digital interactive tools, such as IWB’s, keyboards/controllers, DAW devices/software, iPods/iPads/apps, gaming devices/apps, adaptive technologies, Web 2.0/3.0 apps, blogs/wikis, notation/ sequencing/CAI software, and LMS’s.

    8. But, by far . . . the singlemost powerful, engaging,and effective digital learning tool in my music learning environment is a digital visualization learning tool, the SMART Board. The Haley Comets and I use it every day, all day to facilitate our music lessons, projects, and activities. So, I guess you could say that I am one of those SMART Board fanatics.

    9. So, what is a SMART Board? It’s a type of interactive whiteboard. +Solutions/Products+for+education/Interactive +whiteboards+and+displays/SMART+Board +interactive+whiteboards Definition at Wikipedia: An interactive whiteboard (IWB), is a large interactive display that connects to a computer and projector. A projector projects the computer's desktop onto the board's surface where users control the computer using a pen, finger or other device. The board is typically mounted to a wall or floor stand. And . . . utilization of the SMART Board is driven by a set of tools included in software called, SMART Notebook Collaborative Software.

    10. BREAKING NEWS! BREAKING NEWS! BREAKING NEWS! SMARTtech has just launched SMART Notebook Express, a “lightweight” version of SMART Notebook software, which is accessible online, anytime and it’s free! With the SMART Notebook Express web application, you can open, edit, and share SMART Notebook lessons: SMART+Notebook+collaborative+learning+software/SMART+Notebook+Express+web+application SMARTtechalso makes other versions of SMART Notebook Software: +Notebook+collaborative+learning+software • SMART Notebook SE (meant for student use with SMART Sync software in a lab) • SMART Notebook Math Tools You can access thousands of teacher created SMART Notebook files at the SMART Exchange web site:

    11. In addition to the SMART Notebook software products SMARTtechmakes other totally cool interactive visualization hardware and software products that you might be interested in: • SMART Slate Wireless Slate • SMART Response Interactive Response Systems (see next slide for breaking news about SMARt Response for iPad!) • Smart Table • SMART Document Camera • SMART Audio Classroom Amplification System • SMART Sync Classroom Management Software (currently for P.C. only) • SMART Ideas Concept Mapping Software

    12. More Breaking News! More Breaking News! Attention iPad users who also have SMART Response systems! SMARTtech has just released several new versions of SMART Response software (SMART Response PE, LE, XE, and VE) for various learning environments, including the Beta for SMART Response VE! SMART Response VE is browser based and works with your existing SMART Response system and integrates with SMART Notebooksoftware! From the SMART Response VE information web page: “Students can respond to assessments using Internet- enabled devices, such as computers, iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad mobile digital devices, Blackberry smartphone models, and phones on the Android mobile technology platform. To complete assessments, students simply log in to the SMART Response VE browser-based product to receive and answer the questions you have created”. Complementary+hardware+products/SMART+Response/SMART+Response+VE

    13. SMARTtechoffers awesome online live training events for all of their products at the SMART Learning Center, many of which are free. They also offer on-site training. SMARTtech publishes EdCompass, a newsletter with all of the latest product news, and tips and best practices for using the SMART Board. SMARTtech also offers some great webinars focused on educational technology integration. Here are some funding resources for obtaining a SMART Board and related products from SMARTtech:

    14. So, why is the SMART Board such such powerful learning tool? • Interactivity and animations spell, “immediate student engagement”. • Facilitates vivid, clean, and focus friendly visuals. • Music teachers can project “stuff” big for our large groups. • It’s intuitively friendly to the “digital natives”. • The digital files that you create are “forever”, easily accessed, and easily stored. • The visualization tools in SMART Notebook software enable “layered learning” and help the teachers address all learning styles simultaneously (visual, auditory, kinesthetic learners). “A picture IS worth a thousand words”. Perhaps this student says it best . . .

    15. So, we SmartBoard fanatics like to import all of the files for a lesson into a Smart Notebook file so that students can finger click (on the board) in the Page Sorter to navigate back and forth between several SMART Notebook lesson pages (which have been created with various applications and file formats, then, imported into SMART Notebook software) and use the totally cool Notebook Tools. Smart Notebook software is P.C. user friendly and directly imports most of the Microsoft Office apps, as well as audio (as MP3’s), video (by link), and Flashfiles (currently, there are Issues with Flash on a Mac sometimes). Notebook files export as .notebook files, web pages, image files, or PDF files. Any SMART Notebookfile can also be recorded and exported as a screencast (saves as a Quicktimevideo file), so students can engage lessons and projects autonomously, in groups when music class is in “workstation” format, or when I have a sub.

    16. Now, about the SMART Board tools . . . A SMART Board has lots of tools for educators to use for creating and navigating digital visualization files: • SMART Board Orient and Control Panel Tools • SMART Notebook Tabs • SMART Notebook Tools (which you can customize) • Floating Tools (which you can customize) • Ink Aware Tools • GalleryTools • Lesson Activity Toolkit Tools In SMART Notebook software you use Tabs to create pages: • Page Sorter Tab (Add, Delete Pages, Grouping) • Gallery Tab (My Content, Gallery Essentials, Lesson Activity Toolkit: Pictures, Interactive and Multimedia, Notebook Files and Pages, Backgrounds and Themes) • Attachments Tab (Attach Documents) • Properties Tab (Fill, Line, Colors, Page Recording, Animations) In SMART Notebook software you can and should save any page, picture, object, or page content element from as a Gallery item and you can save any Gallery item in the My Contents folder for later use.

    17. There are more than this, but here are some of the SMART Notebook tools I use with students in the Haley music classroom: SMART Notebook Tools: Floating Tools: Pens Eraser Creative Pen Magic Pen Highlighter Spotlight Line Shape Keyboard Screen Shade Magnifier Pointer Right Click Screen Capture Toolbar (Area, Full Screen, Freehand) • Add Page • Grouping • Delete • Page arrows • Dual Page Display • Duel Write Mode • Transparent Screen • Pin a Page • Grouping • Pens • Eraser • Creative Pens • Magic Pen • Text • Lines • Shapes • Shape Recognition • Fill • Picture • Table • Links • Screen Capture • Recorder

    18. Ink Aware Tools: • Insert writing • Insert Text • Save as Notebook File • Handwriting Recognition Gallery Tools: Lesson Activity Toolkit Tools: Activities: Vortex Games: Crossword Graphics: Icons Labels and Buttons Pull Tabs Pages: Lesson Pages Tools: Balloon Pop Click and Reveal Square Random Image Chooser • Pictures: • Musical Notes and Staff Pics • Instrument Pics • Interactive and Multimedia: • Spinner • Flash Bell set • Instruments of the Orchestra • Musical Notes with an interactive keyboard • Notebook Files and Pages: • Backgrounds and Themes:

    19. So far, these are the only music education related tools in the Gallery in SMART Notebooksoftware: Picture Files: • Music Notes and Staff Pictures • Instrument Pictures Interactiveand Multimedia Tools: • Flash Bell Set • Instruments of the Orchestra • Musical Notes With An Interactive Keyboard Finale and Sibelius files import as tiff files (picture file) into SMART Notebook software.

    20. The best way to show you how the tools work is to demonstrate them in created .notebook files. So, to start, here are some examples of how I use SMART Notebook and PowerPoint files with the SMART Board for music class lessons, projects, and activities (you can access the .notebook files at the, MUSINGS WIKI at: +Visuaization+Tools+in+the+Music+Classroom): • The Wheels On The Bus (Pre-K and Kindergarten) • Drawing The Treble Clef (Grades 1-2) • Rain, Rain, Go Away (Grade 1) • Pick A Pumpkin (Grades 1-2) • Surprise Symphony (Grades 2-3) • Chan Mali Chan (Grade 3) • Balloon Rhythms(Grades 3-5) • Star-Spangled Banner Jeopardy (Grades 4 and 5) • Instruments of the Orchestra (Grades 3-5) • The Blues (Grades 5-12) • The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (Grades 3-5) • Learn To Soar In Music (All Grades)

    21. Now, here are examples of how I use music applications with the SMART Board for music class lessons, projects, and activities: Music Apps: • Music Ace: CAI (Computer Assisted Instruction) lessons • Finale: music composition templates, recorder scores, Orff ensemble scores • Groovy Music: music sequencing projects • GarageBand: music sequencing projects • Band-In-A-Box: music sequencing projects

    22. And here are some examples of how I use music related web sites with the SMART Board for music class Lessons, projects, and activities (you can access the entire list at the MUSINGS WIKI at: +Visuaization+Tools+in+the+Music+Classroom): Music Class Related Web Sites: • DSO Kids: • • Creating Music: • The Music Interactive: • Interactive Recorder Fingering Chart: • Counting Music at Phil • Speak-A Boos: • Glogster:

    23. Here are examples of how I facilitate digital workstations with the SMART Board for music instruction (you can access the .notebook files at the MUSINGS WIKI at: +Visuaization+Tools+in+the+Music+Classroom): • Musical Math Workstation • Treble Clef Note Names Workstation • Drawing The Treble Clef Workstation • Star-Spangled Banner Jeopardy Workstation • Music Elements Are Not Puzzling Crossword Workstation • Composer facebookWorkstation • Koosh Ball Rhythms Workstation Don’t miss an upcoming session, Digital Workstations: 21st Century Learning Tools for the Music Classroom, at the 2011 IMEA Convention, January 20-22, at the Grand Wayne Center, here in Fort Wayne (shameless self-promotion).

    24. Okay, here are some examples of how I use storybook, primary source web sites, and cultural arts web sites with my SMART Board for music projects: Storybook: • Simple Gifts Project Primary Source: • The Star-Spangled Banner Project Cultural Arts: • Shadow Puppets Project • Capture The Heart Beat Of . . . Africa! Project

    25. And, here are some examples of how I use music related Web 2.0/3.0 and Cloud Apps with my SMART Board (you can access the entire list at the MUSINGS WIKI at: +Visuaization+Tools+in+the+Music+Classroom): • Wallwisher: The Haley Comets Music Sticky Note Wall • Online Music Notation Apps: Noteflight • Online music LMS (Learning Management Systems): Haiku • Online Music Sequencer Apps: • Audacity: • JamStudio: • MmmTsss: • Shaun The Sheep Bleatbox:

    26. “Teachers Love SMART Boards” and there are tons of awesome resource web sites for SMART Board fanatics like me. Here are a few good ones: • The SMART Exchange atSMARttech: • Engaging Learners the SMARTBoard Way atEduscapes: • SMART Board Revolution Ning: • The Whiteboard Blog: • The Smart Board Daily: • Teachers Love Smart Boards: • SMART Teachers Wiki: • Interactive Whiteboards atCybraryman:

    27. Music teachers also love SMART Boards and here are a few good music related SMART Notebook files web sites: • MusTech Wiki: • Mrs. Friedman’s SMART Board Resources: • Copacabana Public School’s Get SMARTMusic SMART Board Resources: Get_Smart_Music.htm • Center School District’s Special Classes Templates: • SMART Board Tips Wiki: • SMART Board Lesson Links (scroll to bottom for music files):

    28. Although the best place to go for SMART Board related training is the Learning Center page at SMARTtech:, here are a few other good web sites for SMART Board trainings: • SMART Bees: • Pendergast Elementary School District: • Jumping Into The World of Interactive Whiteboards: • Andy Ramos’s SMART Board Basics Class: • SMART Basics Tab at SMART Teachers: • Amy Burns SMART Board Session:

    29. There are other brands of Interactive Whiteboards . . . • Promethean Board, Activeinspiresoftware, and Promethean Planet: • Mimio Pads andMimio Connect: Chad Criswell offers some tips on Buying an Interactive Whiteboard: And there are also virtual interactive whiteboards . . . Dabbleboard:

    30. And then, there is the Wiimote . . . It works with infrared technology . . . And you can make one inexpensively with the following easily obtained, and cheap tools: • Any White Surface • An Infrared Pen • Bluetooth Configured Computer • Smoothboard Software (free download) • Thesoftware enables you to use the infrared pen as a mouse on any projected image. Here are some web sites with more information about using and obtaining materials to make a Wiimote:

    31. Another digital visualization tool that I use in my music classroom learning environment is a document camera. The brand name of the ones FWCS uses is AverVision: Along with the LCD projector (InFocus, Panasonic, etc.), the document camera projects real time images like: • Music Textbook Pages • Music Octavos • Other Music Class Related Documents • Real Life Music Class Related Objects

    32. We are privileged to have, Anne Irwin, the SMARTEd Regional Director, with us today. Here is her contact information: Anne K. Irwin Regional Director SmartEd Services 260.224.3663 800.251.4077

    33. I’ve posted the session resources at my blog site, at: at the MUSINGS WIKI, at: +Visuaization+Tools+in+the+Music+Classroom