It is Week 7 of CEP 812. With this final blog post, I am finishing up my Graduate Certificate program in Educational Technology that will compliment my master’s in K-12 Educational Administration that I will be finishing at the end of the semester. So now is the time for reflection. What have I learned during CEP 810, 811 & 812? How has what I have learned about technology apply to my classroom, influence my teaching, and inform my future?
First, begin by watching this short video.
WARNING: Green Screen newbie, and NOT a saxophone player.
For this final week we were given an article by Thomas Friedman, author of “The World Is Flat”. In Friedman’s words, we are currently in the midst of “The Great Inflection”; a modulation in the function of the part we play in society (2013). In only a short few decades, technology has shifted how interact with the world, building a global community that is connected by social media, economic trade, and global interests. These are words that we have shared with our students many times and even place in our school mission statements. “Building global citizens…” However, have we considered the impact of this interconnectedness? Technology and competition have made some jobs obsolete and have required a large swath of the workforce to seek additional education to keep up with their quickly changing field. As technology continues to evolve and do the work of humans, our intelligences must evolve as well. It is Friedman’s belief that the future of successful individuals is no longer solely in their intelligence quotient (I.Q.), but in their passion (P.Q.) and creativity (C.Q.)
I am blessed to be a music teacher. On a daily basis I am given the opportunity to teach not just a subject, but an art that allows for passion and creativity to be cultivated and shared. P.Q. and C.Q. are highlighted in each student that I teach, for though they are tested on technical skills, they are rewarded greatest for passion and creativity. Notes and rhythms are the basis for music, but it is the dynamics, expression and phrasing that bring a piece of music to life. Music is where intelligence, passion and creativity intersect. Technology cannot infer musical phrases or expression; it requires a human to program explicit intents in order for a machine to recreate what the heart and mind desire from music. Though I can extol how I already foster and build passion and creativity in students through music, I must challenge MYSELF by seeking further ways to encourage P.Q. and C.Q. in my classroom.
This past year, I was encouraged by my participation in the Graduate Certificate program to embrace learning that is multi-modal, engaging and most of all sharable. I have learned to love the idea of not just learning something, but sharing what you have learned with other students, the school and even the world. Knowing something will be shared publicly raises expectations and encourages deeper thought. As such, I have dedicated myself this semester to creating sharable demonstrations of student knowledge. One such example is my green screen project that I am completing with my 5th graders. They and a partner choose a new song from the book that they will learn and perform in front of a green screen. They get to choose their background, whether video or image, props, partners, songs. Everything. Students get to take ownership of their learning and the creative process. As they teach themselves how to play the song they will also have to learn about the technology we are using to create the green screen video. Google drive, google image search, creative commons and fair use, green screen apps, etc. It is project based learning. They just see it as “performing.”
I foster creativity and passion in every single lesson. Students LOVE music and I love sharing my knowledge with them to enhance their ability to share their passion. James Gee (2013)would love this form of education, it is play. When they make a mistake, they simply learn how to correct it so they can get to their final goal – performing and sharing with others. Music will never be obsolete, but it CAN evolve.
Friedman, T. L. (2013). It’s P.Q. and C.Q. as Much as I.Q. Retrieved February 24, 2016, from http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/30/opinion/friedman-its-pq-and-cq-as-much-as-iq.html?_r=0
Gee, J. P. (2013). The anti-education era: Creating smarter students through digital learning. New York, NY: Palgrave MacMillan.
P. B. (n.d.). Children At Play Sign. Retrieved March 3, 2016, from http://www.publicdomainpictures.net/view-image.php?image=110124&picture=children-at-play-sign