Technology in music has played an important role in 21st century education. The amount of platforms students and teachers can access, create and share their work with others has become limitless, quick and easy to use/ upload.
But the big question is: “What about students in low socio- economic schools? Getting proper equipment to use in a music classroom can be a problem itself, let alone buying a specific device to use in a classroom!
So, how do we solve this?
Our guest speaker, Camilla Corbett shared her experiences teaching with technology in low socio- economic schools.
Some of the things she found that worked for her in teaching at low socio- economic schools were:
- Allowing students to bring their own devices (BYOD). Rather than having the parents to buy the expensive equipment for them just so that they can access something in class.
- Using browser based applications- all devices can access browser based applications that can be shared, altered and created.
- Chromebook: not only is it accessible but it’s also affordable for students (according to Camilla, it’s around $200- $300 ((education prices)).
- Alternatives: G suite and Google Forms (surveys and assessments- mostly for teachers)
According to Camilla, one of the biggest advantages of using technology and browser based applications in classrooms were that students could build and create a project at their own pace using the given step by step information created by the teacher.
Camilla’s website that she made for her students:
It was amazing to hear the importance of technology in education and the huge role it played in student’s lives especially in schools such as where Camilla teaches at. From listening to Camilla, it seemed that the students developed and expanded upon their creativity, independence and confidence in their musical work due to the use of technology.
It also seemed that low SES students weren’t any different (in terms of learning styles) from students who live in the city! Both group of students seem to be engaged in activities that include technology and as a result, take initiative in their work!
All types of Google…
In the 2nd half of class, we explored all types of Google e.g. Google classroom, Google drive, Google sites, Google docs. (Literally everything that included Google in its name).
Before we concluded our 2 hour workshop, the class spent the last 30minutes completing a mini Google challenge/ competition Camilla had made. (screenshots shown below)
The challenge was mostly for the purpose of understanding how Google classroom, Google docs, Google drive and Google sites worked. For Camilla, this activity seemed to have been effective for students in low SES schools who lacked in knowing how to use technology. Although the activity didn’t delve deeper into teaching students how to use each of the Google’s browser based applications, I loved how Camilla introduced students to the basic features of the applications. I also liked that she made this into a game that was fun, fast and achievable for all students.