Ashley Hall's Professional Education Portfolio

K-12 Certified Music Educator

Substandard D

7.  TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS AND CONCEPTS

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

d.  Plan, design, and evaluate effective technology-enhanced learning environments and experiences aligned with Michigan’s Content Standards and Grade Level Content Expectations and Michigan Educational Technology Standards for each student;

This standard addresses the implication and evaluation of adding technology-enhanced learning environments into the classroom and beyond. My experiences in this standard are fairly new, as this semester is the first time I’ve ever implemented a technology-enhanced learning environment in my teaching. In the 5th Grade Band in the Pennfield School District Band Program of Battle Creek, Michigan, we’ve started using the beginning band method book Standard of Excellence Enhanced Edition produced by the Neil A. Kjos Music Company (linked: http://www.kjos.com/index.php). This book is accompanied by a disc which, when inserted into a computer, downloads the program, “iPas.” iPas allows the student to play along with accompanimental tracks to the songs the students are learning in class, as well as tune their instrument or practice with the use of an electronic metronome.

What’s really the kicker about this program is its ability to help the student develop a sense of self-correction in areas of pitch, rhythm, and dynamics. The program evaluates the student’s performances, providing feedback in the following areas. Continued use of the program, ultimately, should result in an improved rate of performance by the beginning band student. While this next week (November 8th) will be the first week I’ll be requiring the students to do any work from the program, I am still very excited to see the results of adding this program to their at-home practicing.

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