Katie

About Katie

I love to simplify technology for music teachers. I help teachers from all around the world through the Midnight Music Community - an online professional development community where teachers can take online courses, ask questions and receive personalised help for the music tech goals.

Dear Music Teachers: You Can’t Run A Live Rehearsal Online (So Here’s What To Do Instead)

By |2020-04-21T07:00:38+10:00April 19th, 2020|Elementary Ideas, Middle and High School Ideas, Teacher Tech Tips|

I recently wrote a blog post with a slightly controversial title - Dear Music Teachers: Please Stop Asking How To Create A Virtual Choir Video - in response to the hundreds of music teachers who would like to create one of those videos right now.  I wrote it to explain the lengthy process that’s involved

The 2020 Musical Olympics!

By |2020-04-08T21:37:39+10:00April 8th, 2020|Elementary Ideas, Middle and High School Ideas|

Looking for a fun activity that your student can do while you’re teaching online? How about running your own Musical Olympics?  I’ve put together a choice-board style list of Olympic events that your students can enter. They can pick which ones they’d like to do and there are plenty of “novelty” options, so everyone is

Dear Music Teachers: Please Stop Asking How To Create A Virtual Choir Video

By |2020-03-24T09:23:28+11:00March 23rd, 2020|Elementary Ideas, Middle and High School Ideas, Teacher Tech Tips|

Right now, I’m a member of a number of music teacher Facebook groups and everyone is scrambling to move their teaching to an online format. At least 5 times per day - and often within the same Facebook group - I see the following question: “Does anyone know how to create one of those Eric

MTT105: Tips for creating effective teaching videos that your students will WANT to watch

By |2020-03-18T03:40:07+11:00March 18th, 2020|Chromebooks, Elementary Ideas, Free and Low-Cost Tech, Macs and PCs, Middle and High School Ideas, Podcast, Teacher Tech Tips|

This episode is a follow-on from episode 104 where I shared 5 important tech tools to consider for teaching remotely.  Today I want to share some specific tips for creating teaching videos. Being able to create short, effective teaching videos is an important skill to have and it’s become even more important now

MTT104: Teaching online due to school closures? Here are the 5 Tech Tools you Should Consider

By |2020-03-12T05:45:36+11:00March 12th, 2020|Chromebooks, Elementary Ideas, Free and Low-Cost Tech, Macs and PCs, Middle and High School Ideas, Podcast, Teacher Tech Tips|

This episode of the Music Tech Teacher Podcast is going to be a little different and we’re going to take an unscheduled break from our theme of the month. With the outbreak of the Coronavirus, there are a number of schools that have closed indefinitely and many other schools are preparing for possible

MTT103: 6 Fun Student Assignments Using Canva

By |2020-02-26T00:45:03+11:00February 26th, 2020|Chromebooks, Elementary Ideas, Macs and PCs, Middle and High School Ideas, Podcast, Teacher Tech Tips|

We are continuing with our Canva-themed month! Canva is a fantastic graphic design software tool that is free to use. I’ve been talking about the ways you can use it as a teacher to create your own teaching materials, but it also works really well for student assignments. Instead of giving students a

How to Use Canva to Create Your Teachers Pay Teachers Products and Store

By |2020-02-25T05:15:54+11:00February 25th, 2020|Chromebooks, Free and Low-Cost Tech, Macs and PCs, Teacher Tech Tips|

Teachers Pay Teachers (or TPT) strives to help educators by providing a space to buy and sell original educational resources. Whether across the city, state, country, continent or world, we can recognize there is something special about using resources created by teachers who understand what works in a classroom.  You, too, have this special something

MTT102: 12 Canva Project Ideas For Teachers

By |2020-02-12T01:02:31+11:00February 12th, 2020|Chromebooks, Free and Low-Cost Tech, Macs and PCs, Podcast, Teacher Tech Tips|

In this episode we’re continuing with our Canva theme for the month and I’m going to share 12 different ways that you can use Canva for your own needs as a teacher. Links and resources YouTube updates:Features affected by changes Update for Creators Join the waitlist: “Create Beautiful Teaching Resources, Fast” Online Course25+ Ways to

MTT101: How To Use Canva To Create Beautiful Teaching Resources

By |2020-02-06T00:22:21+11:00February 6th, 2020|Free and Low-Cost Tech, Podcast, Teacher Tech Tips|

In this episode of the Music Tech Teacher Podcast, we’re talking about Canva, the online graphic design tool, and how to use it to create beautiful teaching resources for your classroom. Links and resources Join the waitlist: "Create Beautiful Teaching Resources, Fast" Online Course25+ Ways to Use Canva to Create Teaching Resources8 Creative

9 Cool Canva Tricks for Designing Teaching Resources For Educators

By |2020-02-01T01:20:20+11:00February 1st, 2020|Chromebooks, Free and Low-Cost Tech, Macs and PCs, Teacher Tech Tips|

If you haven’t noticed yet, I’ve been on a total Canva kick these past few weeks. I know I'm not the only one that can get endlessly lost in creating teaching resources for hours on end. Sometimes I go to create just one quick worksheet or poster and end up with 20 different design options