Elementary Ideas

Lesson ideas, apps and websites for elementary school music students

MTT91: 5 Google Calendar Tips That Will Make You More Productive

By |2019-11-06T00:22:23+11:00October 3rd, 2019|Elementary Ideas, Middle and High School Ideas, Podcast, Teacher Tech Tips|

Google Calendar is one of my most frequently-used tech tools. Do you want to learn some tips for using calendar more efficiently and effectively? In the first podcast episode for our Productivity themed month, I share some of the Google Calendar shortcuts and hidden features that you might not have yet discovered. I

MTT90: 3 Effective Digital Portfolio Options For Your Music Students

By |2019-09-26T01:37:24+11:00September 26th, 2019|Chromebooks, Elementary Ideas, iPads, Macs and PCs, Middle and High School Ideas, Podcast|

For the final episode in Back to Basics month I share 3 apps that your students can use to create digital portfolios. Links and resources mentioned: Midnight Music Monthly Live Training (register here)Wakelet for Educators (includes Educator’s Guide)Seesaw Google Sites Examples of Google Sites Weebly Wix Wordpress The Midnight Music Guide to Digital Portfolios in Music Education (coming soon) 

MTT89: The 2 Software Applications All Music Teachers Should Know

By |2019-09-18T03:48:44+11:00September 18th, 2019|Chromebooks, Elementary Ideas, Free and Low-Cost Tech, Interactive Whiteboards, iPads, Macs and PCs, Middle and High School Ideas, Podcast, Teacher Tech Tips|

Welcome to another episode in our Back to Basics month. Today I’ll be talking about the two software applications that I think every music teacher should know how to use. The ones I’m referring to are music apps and they are both SO useful in many, many ways: for you to use as

MTT88: Best Microphone Options for Music Teachers

By |2019-09-11T04:40:06+11:00September 11th, 2019|Chromebooks, Elementary Ideas, Interactive Whiteboards, iPads, Macs and PCs, Middle and High School Ideas, Podcast, Teacher Tech Tips|

In this episode of the Music Tech Teacher Podcast, I talk about the best microphones for simple classroom recordings, mics for students to use, and mics for your own teaching purposes. Further reading and listening MTT09: Recording school kids – why, how, where and what to useRecording Rock Band Rehearsals – 3 Simple

MTT87: What’s the Difference Between Audio and MIDI Files? Everything You Need to Know

By |2019-09-04T23:39:53+11:00September 4th, 2019|Elementary Ideas, Middle and High School Ideas, Podcast, Teacher Tech Tips|

Our theme for this month on the blog and podcast is Back to Basics and today we’re kicking off back to basics month with an episode about the differences between audio and MIDI files. In this episode I cover what are they, the differences between them, when to use them and the unique

Lights! Camera! Action! 4 Flipgrid Lessons For the Elementary Music Room

By |2019-11-16T09:55:23+11:00August 24th, 2019|Elementary Ideas, Free and Low-Cost Tech|

This is a guest post by one of our blog writers, Katherine Miller. As an educator in an elementary school with 1 to 1 devices for students, I am always keeping my eyes and ears open for new ways to incorporate technology into my instruction. Technology can be a real motivator for even more students

MTT86: My Favorite 3 Free Non-Music Tech Resources

By |2019-08-20T06:21:58+11:00August 20th, 2019|Elementary Ideas, Free and Low-Cost Tech, Middle and High School Ideas, Podcast|

There are many free tech resources that are useful in the music classroom, but not all of them are music-specific. Here are 3 of my favourite non-music free tech tools that are perfect for ALL teachers across all subject areas. For each one, I’ll cover: What it isHow it worksExamples of use 1.

How to use Google Classroom to Submit Recorded Singing and Playing Assignments

By |2019-08-31T01:01:22+11:00August 17th, 2019|Chromebooks, Elementary Ideas, Macs and PCs, Middle and High School Ideas|

This is a guest post by one of our blog writers, Sarah Taylor. Streamlining student data collection the easy way One afternoon, I was sitting at my desk in my chorus classroom. My 6th graders had just left. The high school girls ensemble was after my planning period. I was preparing for a meeting with

MTT83: How to Create Awesome Teaching Resources using PowerPoint, Keynote or Slides

By |2019-07-24T03:11:23+11:00July 24th, 2019|Elementary Ideas, Middle and High School Ideas, Podcast|

We’re continuing with our theme for this month on the blog and podcast which is holiday PD for teachers AND back to school ideas to tie in with extended summer break that’s happening right now in the northern hemisphere. In the previous episodes for this month I shared some free online music tech

6 Free Music Tech Webinars for Teachers on Holiday (Get Your PD Certificates!)

By |2019-07-20T05:28:17+11:00July 20th, 2019|Elementary Ideas, Middle and High School Ideas|

Our theme for this month is on the blog and podcast is holiday professional development for teachers since many of you in the northern hemisphere are currently on your summer break and might have some free time on your hands! So we thought we would put together a little list of some fun and free