Emerging Music Nexuses: Technology, Video Games, and Coding

This discussion-based presentation focuses on three emerging music nexuses: 1) music performance and technology; 2) music and video games; and 3) music and coding. The presentation slides below provide many resources related to these nexuses; however, the discussion revolving around this presentation are not limited to these nexuses. I intend for this presentation to be a springboard for discussion on emerging music nexuses and their implications in music education/facilitation.

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Starting an After School Coding Program

This interactive session explores a variety of platforms, perspectives, and resources to get started with an after school coding program. We explore three different coding platforms we use and have students present on what they do in each of these platforms. In addition, we discuss how we facilitate our coding classes and provide resources to get started. Click the computer programming links above for even more resources.

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Coding in the K-8 Classroom

This session explores perspectives on the Avondale Elementary School District's second year of implementing a K-8 coding curriculum. We discuss three different coding platforms we use and have students present on what they do in each of these platforms. In addition, we discuss how we facilitate our coding classes and provide resources for others who are interested in making a coding curriculum. Click the computer programming links above for even more resources.

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Beyond Linear Coding: Creating and Innovating in Arts-based Programming

This session is on how the K-8 technology classes I worked with evolved beyond linear coding, to arts-based programming projects. The session discusses the rationale behind moving away from puzzle programming into project-based programming, as well as how the arts fostered creativity and innovation in learning how to code. Video footage from actual classes will be used to demonstrate some of the affordances and constraints of this approach. 

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Merging Inquiry-based Approaches with Aspects of Participatory Culture in Online Learning

This presentation will discuss how aspects of participatory culture can be fused together with inquiry-based learning in online learning environments. The presentation will focus on utilizing collective-intelligence to create rhizomatic learning spaces that can treat course objectives and/or materials as platforms for inquiry that are modeled after relevant practices. 

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#MusEd Resource Collaborating

This session will explore how to find and share resources with other music educators using a variety of social media services and tools. The focal points of this session will involve exploring where to go to find resources, how to bring the resources to you, how to save the resources for future use, and how to share the resources with other music educators. Please feel free to bring a laptop, tablet, and/or smart phone as this session will focus on hands on experience with the various services and tools.

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Using Technology to Augment Musicianship

This session will explore various uses of technology to augment performing in ways that were previously unimaginable. The focal points of the session will revolve around exploring questions such as: How can technology be used to include all students? In what ways can technology be used to think deeper about performing music? Where is there a place for digital and hybrid musicianship in our programs? How can we find out how to use technology to augment musicianship? Experience with technology is not required; however, bringing a laptop, tablet, and/or smart phone will assist with the discussion and experience.

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Using Technology to Augment Teaching

This session will explore various uses of technology to augment teaching in a way that is conducive to student-center learning. The focal points of the session will revolve around exploring questions such as: How can we use technology to assess students at an individual level while engaging an entire class of students? How can we find out how to use technology in the classroom? How can we use technology to provide more feedback to students? How can we combine various technologies to do things they weren't designed to do? Experience with technology is not required; however, bringing a laptop, tablet, and/or smart phone will assist with the discussion and experience.

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Video Games in Music Education

This session will explore applications of video games inside and outside of the music classroom. We will explore various games, apps, and websites that allow students to engage with music through video games. Experience with video games is not required as the focus is on the unique musical affordances students can experience when engaging with music video games. Please feel free to bring an instrument, laptop, and/or tablet as we will be exploring a wide variety of uses of video games inside and outside of the music classroom.

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From Large Ensembles to Video Games: Technology in Music Education

In the past couple decades, instrumental education has evolved relatively very little in comparison to technology. Understanding how to augment music education through technology is vital to the growth of our field. This presentation provides some suggestions for using technology in instrumental settings to expand possibilities for both performing and teaching.

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