Friday, July 27, 2012

Tool #7: Reaching Outside your Classroom: Online Digital Projects

Music students will learn about musical instruments from another country.

In October students from Hollibrook Elementary will Skype on a weekly basis (for 6 weeks) with students from Ms. Drumm's class at Hong Kong International School. Her students will present various instruments to our students and our students will present various instruments with her class. At the end of the 6 weeks the students will perform 1 song for each other using those instruments.

Tool #8: Taking a Look at the Tools

I am extremely familiar with all the devices except for the WACOM tablets. I honestly did not learn anything new.

I plan on using the ipods to expose the students to different composers and different styles of music. As well as using some theory and instrument apps. Because of the limited amount of technology in the music classroom, management will be the key.

My only suggestion to others is don't be afraid to try new things. Find one way to use one of these devices on a weekly basis.

Tool #6: Using Web Tools to Promote Discussion in and out of the Classroom

Here is a sample of how I would use wallwisher for our composer project. Individuals or classes could collaborate and work on the research.


I would probably not use twitter with my class but I find if you follow the right people its a great professional learning community. I only follow people that are sharing different ideas in music or education.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Tool #5 Producing with Web 2.0 Tools

This is a sample of a composer glogster I made for our composer project.
Michel Camilo Glogster

This is a sample of a Prezi for the composer project

Composer Project

Our students are very visual and both of these tools allows them to be creative and visual. Students will be doing research on a composer and presenting it in a fun way. For music it is better when it is experienced. So allowing students to embed audio and video clips will add a new dimension to just doing a book report.

Tool #4 Moving Up To The Clouds

Google Docs/Forms/Apps can be used to collaborate on letters, quizzes, tests and  questionnaires just to name a few.
Each year we do a huge composer project and this would be a great way for different classes to work together. Students could edit, proofread and comment on each other's work.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Tool #3 Rhythm Song Game

Idea for a lesson using rhythm sticks. Teach song, then rhythm, then put together.

Tool #3: Rhythm Idea 1

This is a great idea for incorporating rhythm into a lesson. It's fun and the students can relate to it.

Tool #3: Finding Online Video and Image Resources

After visiting several different sites the one I found the most useful is Pinterest. I know it's not listed but I like it because it pools from different sources and depending on who I am "following" it is specific to my interest and class. Another site that had a lot of material was United Streaming.

Copyrighted material can not be reproduced without the owners consent. If you use someone's work you must pay for the right to use it.

I've had a dropbox for several years. I use it to store lesson plans, interactive whiteboard files and any file that I want to be able to access anytime, anyplace. Great for those days when I don't have my laptop or forget my external hard drive.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Tool #2: Building Community in the Online Environment!

Here are a few of my favorite places to connect with music teachers and gather ideas.

Twitter - I only follow educators that share ideas. Not people that tell me what they're having for lunch or treat it like a facebook status but rather people that share ideas, share experiences and share the latest technology they are using.

Blogs - there are many music teachers blogging but some of my favorite to follow are piano teachers. They seem to be very creative, willing to share resources and handouts, and love to make up new games. Some of my favorites are: Color My Piano , Beth Music Notes , Susan Paradis and Pianimation

Pinterest - warning: can be addicting! Great place to gather ideas and store them. You can search for ideas and pin ideas you like. was my favorite place to connect and learn from music teachers. At its peak, they had over 2,500 members, 37 forums, 1,000 topics, and over 12,000 user updates. Today the site is part of Facebook. 

There are many other tools but these are a few of my favorites.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

New Year

Hello my name is Andy Ramos and I will be teaching music this year at Hollibrook Elementary in Spring Branch ISD. I have been teaching for five years and have been involved in some sort of music for over 25 years now. I love using technology and I am an interactive whiteboard fanatic. I'm excited about being here and look forward to meeting the staff and of course the students.