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Turning the Technological Table on Your Students with Their Own Technology KMEA Music Technology Presentation 2012 Dennis Davis, Ph.D.
Technology: The Only Constant is Change! Consider Prior Innovations in Education and their Pace of Change:
Early Exams, Quizzes, Term Papers, and Note Taking... (It is a little known fact that the wheel was actually invented by a teacher needing an easier way to collect homework assignments...)
Great! Copy...Paste...Save...and Print! • But I Want To Listen To Some of My • OLD SCHOOL JAMS While I Work...
No Problem... Just Crank Up The Old Cylinder!!
Many Students Own Or Have Access to a Computer. Does It Look Like This?
WOW!! For Only $10,225 You Got A “Portable Computer” with a 5 inch Screen that weighed 48 pounds and had: • 16 KB of RAM (expandable to 64!!) • 1.9 MHZ Processor • Two 1.33 MB Floppy Storage Drives • One Peripheral Port • Internet? No... What’s that???
Consider The Very First iPad It was slightly larger than it is today...
Today’s Students Can Purchase a Smart Phone or Netbook for a few hundred dollars.... That Has...
64 GB (or more) of Internal Memory • Wifi Access/Data • Hundreds of Applications • Voice Control • GPS • Email • Social Media Connectivity • Calendars • Games • Video Camera • And More Importantly...
For First Time Students Have a Portable Device That Takes Them To The World... Rather Than Relying On Schools And Libraries To Bring The World To Them... Do Students Really Need A Computer?
This... Versus... This... . And....
This... Versus... This... And Now....
These... Are Replacing... These... And...They Are Interactive and Instantly Updateable!
Students will continue to use smart devices... THEY ARE DIGITAL NATIVES... These devices may either be a distraction, or your most powerful ally. Some schools forbid students to use school WIFI with their laptops, but most smart devices already have it. How Can You Make Their Smart Devices Your Teaching Ally? Or more aptly...how can you afford not to??
How Would You Like to Create One Large Virtual Classroom Where You May Assign Quizzes, Survey Students, Poll Responses, Take Attendance, Pose Exit Questions, and More, in Real Time? You Can! And, With The Student’s Own Smart Device! And the “Classroom” can be “virtually” anywhere, including Field Trips, Band Rooms, and You and the Students Do Not Need to be in the Same Room...or Zip Code.
Did I Mention That This is FREE and Does Not Rely Upon the School’s WIFI Network? AND It Automatically Grades The Assignments...
OVERVIEW • SOCRATIVE makes a Smart Device app that functions like an interactive clicker system. After the teacher sets up an account, he or she receives a virtual classroom number to give to the students. They simply enter the virtual room number into their smart device or laptop and they are ready to answer multiple choice, true/false, and short answer questions or compete in team challenges. • Students do not have to create a user name or a password. This activity does not have to be approved or funded by an administrator. After the “activity” you will receive an excel sheet with the students’ grades and responses. And, unlike “Clickers,” you do not have to spend 45 minutes setting it up. (http://mashable.com/2011/08/03/socrative/)
Ways You Can Use Socrative:Socrative Web: No download needed for the teacher application. Just go to t.socrative.com <http://t.socrative.com> , click registration, create a distinct virtual room number and you are ready to go in about 60 seconds! You can use this site on any web browser laptop, desktop, or smart device.Socrative Apps: You can run the lecture from your smartphone by downloading the Android, iPhone, iPad, and Blackberry app. A PowerPoint Plug-in will be available soon.
Ways Students Can Use Socrative:Instructions for your students:Go to m.socrative.com <http://m.socrative.com> , enter your virtual room number and click “Join room.” Students will be ready to go in 10 seconds! They can also download the Android, iPhone, iPad, and Blackberry App for free.
Let’s Try It NowGo to m.socrative.com <http://m.socrative.com> , Enter room number 112a and click “Join room.” Please Answer The Questions For This Demonstration.
The QR Code What is this Crazy Square and How Can It Enhance Teaching Effectiveness?
What Is a QR? • A QR, or Quick Response code, is a type of matrix barcode designed to be read by smart devices. The code contains black modules arranged in a square pattern on a white background. To use QR codes, you will need to have a smart device with a camera, and download an application that allows you to scan the code. • (Source: http://americantesol.com/blogger/?p=285)
What Is a QR? • The QR functions like a clickable link on printed paper or other static surfaces. • When scanned, the smart device will automatically load the digital content. This content may be a URL, a text message (best limited to around 300 words), a vCard (business card), a link to a Google document, a PDF, Word Document, MP3, Video, or virtually any file on the Internet (excluding vCards and Text Messages which are stored when the QR is made). • There are many uses for QRs. Any printed material or activity that could be enhanced by a direct link to digital content would benefit from having a QR.
Possible Educational Uses For A QR? • 1. Concerts/Rehearsals/Projects/Presentations. You and/or your students may create QR Codes that accompany your/their events. The concert program, extra content not in the program, photos, and other items may be linked with a QR and digital media for static presentations, such as a voice recorded guide during a science fair, allows participants to listen to audio that explains the project or presentation. For example, a QR on the score, exercise, or excerpt that is linked to a recording/video. • 2. DVD/CD/Book reviews. Students can review these materials and submit their review. These reviews can be compiled and posted online. The QR can be placed on the back of the recording or book. • 3. Parent-Teacher Meeting. If you have meetings with parents, you can place QR Codes on the walls of the classrooms with links to online projects/blogs by the group so parents can check their child’s progress.
Possible Educational Uses For A QR? 4. Conferences/Seminars. At the end of your session, post a code linking to your presentation online and contact information. Participants will not need to take extensive notes or receive paper copies of your presentation. • 5. Survey. Link the QR Code to a Google document and post it on the walls of the school for students to complete. • 6. Feedback. Use Google Docs or an instant poll to get exit feedback from students at the end of your class, lesson, or rehearsal. • 7. Rehearsals/Homework/Lesson. Post a QR code on the door at the end of the session so your students know what they have to do for the next session.
Possible Educational Uses For A QR? • 8. Extra Practice. Print QR codes on handouts you give your students with extra practice assignments or exercises online, links to listening examples, or videos on YouTube. • 9. Follow Us. Use QR codes on posters, letterhead, or virtually any printed item to quickly direct people to Twitter or Facebook so that you get students, colleagues, administrators, and parents following your band or school blog, Facebook page, or YouTube site. • 10. Suggestion Box. Some parents do not have time to fill in the form and put it in the suggestion box. Post a QR code on the box so that parents can make suggestions/complaints on their own time.
Possible Educational Uses For A QR? • 11. Business Cards. Place QRs on your business cards that link to your website or other content. Convert your Business Card to a vCards (http://yeblon.com/vcard-on-business-card-with-qr-code). • 12. Instant Polls. Create instant polls and link them to a blog/PPT presentation so students can vote during a debate or discussion. Works well for larger groups allowing everybody to participate in the lesson. To create polls, try vorbeo.com or pollcode.com. • 13. Letters to Parents. Add a QR Code with your contact information to various materials so parents may call or email you during the semester.
Possible Educational Uses For A QR? • 14. Corporate/Administrative Meetings. Save paper and time by supplying a QR Code that links to the content online. • 15. Scavenger Hunts. Use successive QRs to create your own scavenger hunt. • (Adapted from: http://eltbakery.edublogs.org/2011/09/25/using-qr-codes-23-ideas-for-the-classroom/)
Does Your Smart Device Have the Free QR App? If So, Scan This QR.
Here Is A QR That Showcases An Audio Commercial For Euphoniums Created By One Of My EKU Music Technology Students: Scan This QR To Hear It.
How Do I Make QRs? Go to: http://goqr.me/
Where Are QRs Posted? They can be scanned from virtually any surface Including computer screens, TV programming, overheads, and projector screens.
What Are Your Problems and Goals? “There’s an App for that...” • Classroom Organization (Attendance, Grades, Inventory, Sheet Music, Seating Charts, and Itineraries). • Rehearsing (Scores, Accompaniments, Listening Assignments, Rehearsal Schedules, and Fingering Charts). • Musicianship (Theory, History, Ear-Training, Improvisation, and Composition). • Social Media (Facebook, Booster Organizations, Parents, and Institutional Connectivity).
--Classroom Organization-- • Attendance: This application keeps track of each student's lesson attendance. It is customizable, so you may keep track of when they forget their music, instrument, pencil, etc., and easily export it as a CSV file to use in Excel. • Google Docs Spreadsheet: Use the template and fill it in each class, along with grades, interactive assignments, inventories, and other spreadsheet oriented tasks. There are also quiz templates and lab sheets.Grades, Inventory, Sheet Music, Seating Charts, and Itineraries can also be linked.