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Robots in the Music Room

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Participate and share : Poster

Thursday, December 3, 12:00–1:00 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Catherine Dwinal  
Overwhelmed by the endless array of educational toys? Is there a robot or coding kit that would enhance a music lesson? Explore some of the top educational toys being used in modern music classrooms and how you can utilize these tools to engage today’s kids.

Audience: Coaches, Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Topic: Creativity & curation tools
Grade level: PK-5
Subject area: Music, STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Empowered Learner
  • Students use technology to seek feedback that informs and improves their practice and to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways.
Innovative Designer
  • Students select and use digital tools to plan and manage a design process that considers design constraints and calculated risks.
Creative Communicator
  • Students create original works or responsibly repurpose or remix digital resources into new creations.
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Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Purpose: Participants will learn best practices for evaluating new educational toys on the market and how they can integrate it into their instruction paying close attention to robots and coding toys.

1.)Attendees will be able to get hands-on with popular creative coding toys to discover how they operate.
2.)Participants will discuss how to evaluate new toys to use for their classroom.
3.)Attendees will walk away with sample criteria to evaluate new toys and ideas for new resources to bring in to their instruction.


Essential Question: How do we evaluate educational toys?
What evaluation criteria should we use?
How do we keep up with new toys?
How do you know it is right for you?
How can you tell?

Activities and suggestions
Go through how each toy works and how it can be used in the music room.
Dash and Dot
Makey Makey
Osmo Coding Jam

Go over digital resources
Review what we went over in the presentation and give my contact info.

Supporting research

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Catherine Dwinal, QuaverEd

Catherine Dwinal is an expert in teaching music using technology, a former music educator turned educational technology specialist, and now holds a degree in digital teaching and learning. Catherine works with thousands of educators from all over the country helping them to integrate technology into the classroom. Well known as a social media personality, clinician, and newly published author her mission is to assist teachers with using digital resources with their teaching!

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