Elementary Ideas

Lesson ideas, apps and websites for elementary school music students

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

How to Use Choice Boards in the Music Classroom

By |2020-04-29T06:17:47+10:00April 18th, 2020|Elementary Ideas, Middle and High School Ideas|

This is a guest post by one of our blog writers, Katherine Miller.  Choice boards are not a new idea but they have become very popular as music teachers worldwide are trying to figure out how to best provide a music education in the virtual world.  A choice board is a graphic organizer that allows

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

How to Use Canva to Merge Technology Standards and Content Standards

By |2020-02-29T07:10:59+11:00February 29th, 2020|Chromebooks, Elementary Ideas, Free and Low-Cost Tech, Macs and PCs, Teacher Tech Tips|

This is a guest post by one of our blog writers, Katherine Miller. Technology is in our student’s everyday life. It may even be hard for many of them to imagine a time when it wasn’t that way even though many of us cannot relate. In fact, I can remember when technology was a class

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

25+ Ways to Use Canva to Create Teaching Resources

By |2020-02-01T01:24:33+11:00January 18th, 2020|Chromebooks, Elementary Ideas, Free and Low-Cost Tech, Macs and PCs, Middle and High School Ideas, Teacher Tech Tips|

This is a guest post by one of our blog writers, Katherine Miller. Introduction Being a teacher encompasses so many different skills. Some skills are taught and practiced in our pre-service work while others we have to figure out once we are deep in the trenches of student learning.  One of the skills that didn’t