Having students create their own composition using technology is a great idea. The students were given a bunch of great options in which to demonstrate their knowledge. The collaboration of two different groups is a great way to have students work socially and get a good set of ideas. I am not sure if I missed this, but how long did the students work on the project? For a few of my projects, before we begin I try to give the students a period to just play freely with the tools they will use so they can get accustomed to it. They actually found a few options and features that I was not aware of. This a great way to use technology tools with music.
I can only imaging how much of a struggle it would be to teach music, but with this lesson, you did a great job. You have really taken your time to plan out each step and prepare for anything that could take place. I liked how you used new tools, especially fun ones like noteflight. I'm sure the kids had a blast making their own music and playing with that site. It was great how your three tools were useful and scaffold each other. You really placed them right so that the students were using the tools to create a product and not just an extra resource. One question I had, was what type of time span did you set for this project? It has several steps and with music being an extra content class, how were you able to finish the projects with out really dragging them out?
I would greatly suggest creating some type of way to share the student work. Possibly through screencasts or videos, anything that could be posted online for them to share with others, especially parents. I am sure they are very proud of their work when they finish.
One last thing, was how well you did with collaboration and differentiation. You allowed the students options to help them and make the projects easier to complete successfully.
I'm always so amazed with your creativity and diversity when it comes to creating lessons and projects with your students through music. You boggle my mind with the intricacy of the project and how well all of the pieces fit together. I know music well and started playing the flute in middle school but couldn't imagine teaching it. I wouldn't know where to begin, but you are spot on with your descriptions, assignments, and assessments. Your screencast showed two pairs of students working together. How many pairs did you have working through this project? Did you have students that chose to work on their own? You promoted higher order thinking by giving them a variety of choices in their music creations and introduced them to great digital tools. You also informed me of new tools I hadn't heard of before. What a great and exciting project for young music students to engage in.
Ariel your level of talent with these assignments in our courses never ceases to amaze me! I love this project for its originality and incorporation of technology tools that I have no experience with, or have even heard of. Looking at your project activities gave me ideas for how to incorporate music skills in the classroom. I am excited to share this project with the music teacher at my school, because I think she would love to do something like this with our students. This was a very authentic activity that allowed students to synthesize a new product based on skills they had learned.
I'm always so amazed with your creativity and diversity when it comes to creating lessons and projects with your students through music.
Hi! My name is Ariel Flinn. I am working on my M.Ed. in Instructional Technology at Kennesaw State University.