Music Teacher 2.0: Blogging Your Way to a Better Classroom - FMEA 2011


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This session from the 2011 FMEA Conferences provided many different techniques by which teachers can use blogging (and microblogging) to enhance both their educational objectives and administrative tasks. It included a hands-on tutorial for setting up and using a blog and a Twitter account, as well as resources for effective use of both.

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  • Music Teacher 2.0: Blogging Your Way to a Better Classroom - FMEA 2011

    1. 1. Music Teacher 2.0<br />Blogging Your Way to a Better Classroom<br />
    2. 2. Before We Begin…<br />Session Materials:<br />Handouts: QR Code <br />Audio Recording-available afterwards<br />On Twitter? Use #mt20 for discussion!<br />Not on Twitter yet? Just text to “40404”<br />Questions? Ask away!<br />
    3. 3. Before We Begin…<br />
    4. 4. Before We Begin…<br />Session Materials:<br />Handouts: QR Code <br />Audio Recording-available afterwards<br />On Twitter? Use #mt20 for discussion!<br />Not on Twitter yet? Just text to “40404”<br />Questions? Ask away!<br />
    5. 5. What IS Blogging, Anyway?<br />blog<br />we<br />weblog<br />
    6. 6. What IS Blogging, Anyway?<br />Blog – A journal written online and accessible to users of the internet<br />Blog – An online, regularly updated journal or newsletter that is readily accessible to the general public by virtue of being posted on a website<br />Blog - A website where entries are written in chronological order and commonly displayed in reverse chronological order<br />
    7. 7. What IS Blogging, Anyway?<br />A blog is a tool for content creation and sharing.<br />In other words, a blog is…<br />A Teaching Tool!<br />Blogging can very easily help you create a better music classroom.<br />
    8. 8. A “Better Music Classroom”<br />Characteristics of a good music classroom:<br />Well-prepared teacher<br />Degrees – Compare Years<br />Professional Development<br />Smoothly-managed program<br />Paperwork<br />Collecting/Spreading of Information<br />Engaged Students!<br />Interested in the material<br />Excited to learn<br />
    9. 9. Well-Prepared Teacher<br />Professional Development As We Know It:<br />Journals/Periodicals<br />In-Service Days<br />Conferences<br />What type of effect do these create?<br />Where does that effect come from?<br />How do we replicate this effect?<br />
    10. 10. Blogging for Professional Development<br />Writing a Blog<br />Share your thoughts/ideas<br />Ask questions – answers via comments<br />Reading Blogs<br />Read others’ thoughts/ideas<br />Help with others’ questions<br />Blogging is Professional Development!<br />So… How the heck do we do it??<br />
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    20. 20. RSS/Syndication<br />What is it??<br />RSS Syndication brings the information to you<br />RSS Feeds – List of updates<br />Feed Readers—Google Reader, Bloglines<br />
    21. 21. Google Reader<br />
    22. 22. Syndication Examples<br />Blog Syndication<br />Integrated in Blog Platform!<br />FeedBurner – Advanced Features<br />Analytics<br />Email Subscription<br />Adsense<br />Podcast Syndication<br />Blog Integration—Plugins<br />iTunes Integration!<br />
    23. 23. RSS/Syndication Resources<br />OPML – File containing multiple RSS Feeds<br />Import into RSS Reader<br />Music Education OPML Project<br />Web-based RSS Aggregation<br /><br />Professional Development in a Box!<br />
    24. 24. Smoothly Managed Program<br />How much time do you spend being an administrator?<br />FACTS<br />Paperwork takes time<br />Some paperwork can be reduced using blogging<br />This doesn’t apply to everything!<br />Blogging can help us distribute information to students and teachers<br />Remember RSS?<br />
    25. 25. Let’s Compare… Trip Itinerary<br />Paper Copy<br />Via Classroom Blog<br />Get parent emails at beginning of year<br />Subscribe them to email RSS Updates<br />Type up itinerary online on blog<br />Click “Publish”<br />80 emails go out to all the Moms/Dads with your itinerary<br />Type up itinerary in Word<br />Print itinerary<br />Make 80 copies<br />Distribute in class<br />Find 57 on floor after orchestra<br />Of the other 23, only half make it into Mom/Dad’s hands<br />Make 57 copies the next day<br />Find 32 on the floor<br />
    26. 26. Advantages to Using a Blog<br />Environmentally friendly – less copies!<br />100% Guarantee that parents receive the information<br />Keeps your classroom clean!<br />
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    40. 40. Engaged Students<br />(MORE) FACTS:<br />Students like being knowledgeable<br />Modern Students: Typing > Writing<br />Students probably know more about technology than you…<br />And That’s OKAY!<br />
    41. 41. How Do We Harness This?<br />Weekly Reflection Blog<br />General Music – What I learned this week<br />Performing Ensembles – Rehearsal reflection<br />Blog Comments<br />Students comment on each others’ posts<br />Weekly Listening – Post recording, students comment<br />
    42. 42. FAMS Music Blog: Listening Lesson<br />FAMS Music Blog: The Magic Flute<br />
    43. 43. Twitter: Micro-Blogging<br />Twitter Basics<br />140-character “Tweets” to followers<br />Don’t need to accept a new follower<br />Replies, Retweets (FWD)<br />Twitter is NOT about telling people what you ate for breakfast!<br />Twitter IS a blogging platform<br />Twitter IS a tool for content creation and sharing.<br />Twitter IS an incredible medium for professional development<br />
    44. 44. Hashtags on Twitter<br />In Twitter lingo…<br />Hashtag = Keyword<br />Hashtags let you search for specific topics<br />Some examples:<br />#followfriday<br />#musiced<br />#mpln<br />#edchat<br />
    45. 45. #MusEdChat on Twitter<br />The Problems:<br />Teachers are Secluded<br />Not many music teachers at each school<br />This makes Professional Development hard!<br />The Solution:<br />#MusEdChat<br />Weekly Twitter Chat on Music Education<br />
    46. 46. #MusEdChat Basics<br />Homepage:<br />Includes:<br />Topic Submission Form<br />Topic Poll<br />Chat Transcripts<br />Chat Recaps<br />
    47. 47. #MusEdChat: The Chat<br />Monday Nights, 8pm Eastern Time:<br />Sign on Twitter (or use an app!)<br />Search for “#musedchat”<br />Read the Tweets<br />Respond using #musedchathashtag<br />Reply<br />Retweet<br />Ask Questions!<br />
    48. 48. Wrap-Up<br />
    49. 49. Questions?<br />For more information:<br /><br />Twitter: @Zweibz7, @MusicEdMajor<br />Email:<br />Don’t forget! Materials/Audio available at:<br /><br />