Thirty years ago, Apple was just a fruit. Fifteen years ago, Google was just a funny word. Did you know that over half of the jobs that current pre-kindergarten students will hold when they graduate high school in 2031 don't even exist yet?
I work as the computer lab teacher in a great, diverse, and effective school.
Here, we have a mix of students who live locally, within walking distance, and many others who travel by school bus, city bus, and private van service to come to our school daily.
We have general education classes, special education services, and students who have been identified as gifted and talented. Our students were born in this country or overseas. I teach every one of these boys and girls from pre-kindergarten through 5th grade on a weekly basis.
Our school is sadly lacking a music teacher. We try to infuse music into other subject areas throughout the school year, however direct music instruction is something we would love to have for our students.
In brainstorming with my principal, we have developed the idea of adding music to my tech program on a regular basis.
To do this, I will need to take online and in-person, hands on courses in using apps for music creation, with a primary focus on Garage Band.
I will use the requested MacBook to participate in the online training, and "play along" with the lessons. I will also be able to take it with me to the classroom instruction I will be attending, as we delve deeper into the creation of digital music.
Each of my students will benefit from these new skills, as I will be able to really teach them to create (and perform?) real music!
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