Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Technology Spotlight - Mary Kathryn Burbank, Bridge Creek Elementary

Mary Kathryn Burbank is the music teacher at Bridge Creek Elementary School. She has been teaching for fourteen years, and this is her third in Richland School District Two.  Students in her classroom learn music through the Orff Schulwerk approach, which is based on things children naturally do: sing, chant rhymes, move, and play.  The students hear and experience the music first, and learn to read and write it later.

Mary Kathryn wanted to find a way to incorporate reading and writing music with technology.  After becoming acquainted with a site called Noteflight at a music inservice, she realized it was the tool she needed. Fourth and fifth grade students in her classroom practiced improvising melodies on barred percussion instruments, including xylophones and glockenspiels.  They brought their Chromebooks to the music room for many weeks, collaborating to create patterns that worked well together and plotting those notes on the music staff in the Noteflight site.

One recent composition sounded mysterious and eerie to a particular 5th grade class, so they entitled it "Zombie Turkey."  They added an accompaniment pattern and the school's steel band transferred it to their instruments.  The steel band students created a middle section for improvised solos and performed it at the recent spring concert, allowing the technology used to travel full-circle.

Zombie Turkey was enjoyed by all who were involved in its creation, and it exists because of technology and 1TWO1 computing.

*If you would like to nominate someone for a technology spotlight, please contact your Instructional Technology Specialist.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Summer of Learning - Academics is looking for presenters for the Summer Institute

Sure, you will have the opportunity to put your toes in the sand this summer but we know you will be hungry to learn as well. This summer is full of opportunities for educators to learn as well as share what you know. Look at all of the opportunities! 

June 11-12
 July 29 29-30
 Summer Design Institute Westwood High, Rm 403/405
 June 12-13 SC Midlands Summit
 Westwood High School
  June 24-26 TiNspire Regional Institute Spring Valley High School
 June 25-27 Summer Professional Learning Westwood High School
 June 9-11 Summer Professional Learning Westwood High School
 July 29-31
 August 1
 August 5-6
 New to Two: The Richland Two Experience Westwood High School
 July 23-25 PBL Institute Wetswood High School

Summer Professional Learning is looking for presenters for the July sessions. Do you have something you want to share in regards to our focus on Common Core integrated with Technology and/or Design? If so please fill out the presenter proposal form by April 19.

If you are looking to learn, be sure to check in PDExpress for sessions to become available.