- Know your “why”: Why are you using EdTech music teaching resources? Finding the “why” is the logical starting point for lesson planning. Once the “why” is clear, the “how” will emerge.
- Student-centered approach: Use EdTech tools to serve the unique needs and learning styles of your students. Vary the tools and extent of use for each student if possible.
- Keep it simple: You don’t always need to create a complex lesson plan or embark on large-scale EdTech music projects right away. Introduce EdTech tools gradually, with a focus on building trust and facilitating positive experiences for your students.
- Allow time for play and exploration: Sometimes the best way to teach using EdTech tools is to simply provide access to these resources, let them explore, and assist as needed. You can also create focused yet open-ended projects (such as recording a track on Garage Band and converting it into an mp3 file, for example) and compare notes when meeting synchronously.
- EdTech resources are a tool, not an outcome: While teaching students how to use EdTech tools is important, what is even more important is that students can apply these tools to making and learning music.
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