If you’ve been following this blog, you know how much I love my SMART board…in fact, I can’t imagine having to teach without it! In today’s world, when music educators hear the word “technology,” they often think of the SMART board, but as wonderful as the SMART board is, there are in fact many other wonderful ways we can connect to technology in our classrooms. The following is a list of websites I have found immensely useful.
This popular site seems like it is strictly for socializing with friends, but I was recently invited to a group called “Kodály Educators” on Facebook. They regularly have discussions about music education. When members have a question about teaching, they ask other members, who give very helpful advice. Other music education groups I belong to include “American Orff-Schulwerk Association” and “Organization of American Kodály Educators.” If you don’t see a group that fits your needs, why not create one?
This has been a very exciting find for me! At http://www.pinterest.com, members can create their own boards where they “pin” things they like. Many members use it as a way to show their tastes in home décor and clothing, but I’ve found many really wonderful ideas about music education! If you are not a member, send me an email over Facebook or Yahoo, and I can invite you. You can also apply to be a member, but Pinterest may take a few days to respond.
If you often have to send an email from your home address to your school address with the week’s lesson plans, you should try out dropbox (www.dropbox.com). This application allows you to save files to your dropbox, and the dropbox can be opened up on any computer to which you’ve downloaded the program. No more searching for your flash drive, or sending yourself emails!
Music Education Blogs:
Other great blogs I have found include:
Liza Meyers’ Music Blog: Meyersmusicactivities.blogspot.com
Thom Borden’s Music Blog: thomborden.blogspot.com
In My Music Class: Musicelementary.blogspot.com
Kodály and Orff Music Teacher’s Blog: herdingcatsgeorge.blogspot.com
Folk Song Sites:
These are wonderful websites for searching for and learning new folk songs:
American Folk Song Collection at Holy Names: kodaly.hnu.edu
Andrew’s Master Copies, compiled by my good friend Andrew Ellingsen: http://web.mac.com/eric_andrew/Master_Copies/Welcome.html
Enjoy browsing these great sites! And comment on this post if you know of any others!