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Blending Music, Literacy and Technology Through Garageband


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Presented by Kate Smith at ACTEM 2007

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Blending Music, Literacy and Technology Through Garageband

  1. 1. Blending Music and Literacy with Technology Kate Smith and Sally Gilbride ACTEM Fall Conference October 12, 2007
  2. 2. A literate person… <ul><li>“ Has the ability to communicate in real-world situations… which involves the abilities of individuals to read, write, speak, listen, view and think.” (Cooper, 265) </li></ul>
  3. 3. Music and Reading Integration: Parallels <ul><li>Supporting parallels between music and literacy help build vital cognitive pathways </li></ul><ul><li>When children learn to perform, create, listen or respond to music they are simultaneously practicing skills that are integral to reading. </li></ul><ul><li>These skills include phonological and phonemic awareness, sight identification, cueing systems, decoding, comprehension, and fluency (Hansen, et. 2007) </li></ul>
  4. 4. My philosophy : <ul><li>WHAT we teach is vital to a child’s cognitive and social development. HOW we teach can dramatically improve a child’s growth. </li></ul><ul><li>As an integral part of the professional learning community, Music teachers must look at their instruction through the lens of literacy. In turn, classroom teachers will increase students’ learning when integrating music in their literacy instruction. There must be a common language between teachers. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Technology Integration: Be Innovative <ul><li>Technology integration allows students to explore music and literacy in an innovative and engaging way. </li></ul><ul><li>It heightens creative communication between music and literacy </li></ul><ul><li>It opens new doors to students </li></ul><ul><li>It’s relevant to today’s world </li></ul>
  6. 6. Central School’s Technology Integration Projects
  7. 7. First Step- “Dabbling” in Apple Pie <ul><li>Experimenting </li></ul><ul><li>Trying something new “for fun” </li></ul>
  8. 8. Step 2: Doing Old Things in Old Ways <ul><li>Substituting technology to accomplish the same net result </li></ul><ul><li>Ensemble and individual assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Sub plans </li></ul><ul><li>Saving time… (sort of). </li></ul>
  9. 9. Step 2 Integration Examples: Written Reflections <ul><li>Nina singing Eliza Jane </li></ul><ul><li>Jeff on Recorder </li></ul><ul><li>Middle School Ensemble </li></ul>
  10. 10. Step 3: Old Things in New Ways <ul><li>Songwriting </li></ul><ul><li>Audiobooks </li></ul><ul><li>Fairy Tale Raps </li></ul>
  11. 11. Audiobooks <ul><li>“ Just a Thunderstorm” by Gina and Mercer Mayer </li></ul><ul><li>Mrs. Ames’ Kindergarten Class reading “Baa for Beginners” by Deborah Fajerman </li></ul><ul><li>Mrs. Mulcahey’s Second Grade Class reading “Dinosaur Bones” by Bob Barner </li></ul>
  12. 12. Songwriting <ul><li>Mrs. Bostock’s 1st grade Class </li></ul><ul><li>Mrs. Deluca’s Multigrade 1/2 Class </li></ul><ul><li>Mrs. Dorr Garrity’s 1st grade Class </li></ul><ul><li>“ Back to School Blues” </li></ul>
  13. 13. Fairy Tale Raps <ul><li>Mrs. Bousquet’s Second Grade Class performing “Little Red Hen”, a story from Ann Urbansky’s “Three Singing Pigs” </li></ul>
  14. 14. Step 4: New Things in New Ways <ul><li>Programmatic Music in ABA form </li></ul><ul><li>Podcasts </li></ul><ul><li>Video Projects </li></ul>
  15. 15. Programmatic Music in ABA form <ul><li>Mrs. Whicher’s Second Grade Class </li></ul><ul><li>Mrs. Gilbride’s Third Grade Class </li></ul><ul><li>Mrs. Wendell’s Third Grade Class </li></ul>
  16. 16. Individual Programmatic ABA projects <ul><li>Celine and Nik </li></ul><ul><li>Emily and Madison </li></ul><ul><li>William and Brandon </li></ul>
  17. 17. Mikayla’s Podcast
  18. 18. Alaina’s Podcast
  19. 19. Making it Happen- Baby Steps <ul><li>Start small- one unit, after school programs, Music Club </li></ul><ul><li>Celebrate any and all successes… loudly </li></ul><ul><li>Find support- financial, peer </li></ul><ul><li>Embrace opportunities to model overcoming adversity… because things WILL go wrong </li></ul><ul><li>You might as well have fun… the kids are. </li></ul>