Ashley Hall's Professional Education Portfolio

K-12 Certified Music Educator

Substandard B

7.  TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS AND CONCEPTS

Use of technological tools, operations, and concepts to enhance learning, personal/professional productivity, and communication, including the ability to:

b.  Successfully complete and reflect upon collaborative online learning experiences;

This standard assesses the ability of the teacher to seek out online communities and resources based in their subject areas and incorporate new materials and ideas into their classrooms or even their philosophy. I’ve been fortunate enough to have worked with Mrs. Paula Louagie in the Jackson Northwest School Systems in Jackson, Michigan. While spending time in this school district, Mrs. Louagie provided me with a plethora of resources to aid me in my teaching. One of these resources was a website sponsored by the publishing company Plank Road Publishing known as “Music K-8.” The link is listed below;

http://www.musick8.com/

While the website provides many useful links and downloads, one resource that has proved extremely helpful and inspiring over the years has been the “Idea Bank” listed under the “Resources” link. Under this link (http://www.musick8.com/html/ideabank.php), a search engine pops that allows you to pick a “subject” area in which to search, then a sub-musical concept or idea to help the educator narrow the search even more. The search engine then searches the website for any postings, done either by other educators or the publisher, that deal with that particular concept.

Since music certifications cover such a wide spectrum of age levels and musical concepts, music teachers can get spread a little thin on ideas for lesson plans and activities in the classroom. While I specialized in instrumental music at the secondary level, I am still certified to teach K-12 music. Many music educators are hired into districts that make them responsible for teaching portions of general music, as I have been responsible for in the past. Using resources such as “Music K-8” make my job that much easier. Searching the idea banks, consorting with other professionals in the field, and keeping up-to-date on music publications and resources is what going to keep me ahead in the field and best ready to serve my students.

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