"Why is it that some prefer to study with classical music playing in the background while others soothing when working on difficult Math exercises ? What is it that makes the human brain feel entertained when listening to music ? Do we have special neurons that interpret musical signals and thus fires up dopamine into different areas of our brain making us feel relaxed ?"
"Have you used technology today while teaching music class?
Since I arrived at school at 7:10 this morning I have! I started by scanning in Euphonium parts for the community band, 16 of them. That took about 5 minutes. Then I scanned all the parts for our marching band show for next fall. Three songs, all parts…. That took about one minute per song…. Three minutes and thirty seconds total. I’ve got to pause here and say that I really love the Kinolta BizHub copier/scanner our school purchased a few years ago! Scanning is fast, wicked fast! Every sheet of music I digitize is time saved later. For instance let me continue…."
"“Honestly, I think we should be delighted people still want to read, be it on a Kindle or a Nook or whatever the latest device is.” By J.K. Rowling
With more and more schools launching, ‘Bring Your Own Technology’ or ‘Bringing Your Own Device’ (BYOT/BYOD) I created a symbaloo of all apps and web tools that work on all devices to help educators get started. Even though I am a firm believe, it doesn’t matter what site/app the students use to show mastery of a concept, some educators need a starting place and many have loved this symbaloo so I, of course, want to pass it along."
"The iPad takeover of public education isn’t just confined to the mainstream classroom: Special needs educators, too, are finding that iPads can be a vital tool to support independence. What sets the iPad apart from other devices is the simple and visually robust user interface that can be used by almost everyone. It’s also a highly customizable device that can be set up with applications and assistive features to support a variety of special needs."
Financial Post TECH NOW: smart apps for today's connected kids USA TODAY Spills, sticky fingers and drops aside, I worry a lot about what's safe, appropriate — and which of the now tens of thousands of apps labeled "educational" are actually good...
"Good news for music teachers. We have just learned about a great booklet full of educational music apps for iPad. It is really amazing how much time and effort Samuel must have invested in this project. He reviewed several musical apps and included them into awesome visual boards with clickable icons of each app leading to its store link where you can download it."
"Edit & Share is a free iPad and iPhone app whose name tells you exactly what it’s used for. Edit & Share is a free app for creating and editing collections of images. By using the app you can crop images, alter the colors of images, and add text notes to your images. You can edit and notate images on an individual basis or create collections of images with notes. Your images can be shared individually or as a group. To share you can Tweet, Facebook, or email your collections."
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