METOS 2010 was a groundbreaking event for music education and music teachers everywhere. It was a great example of how teachers can easily attend professional development sessions and collaborate with other music educators. – @Zweibz7
METOS (Music, Education & Technology Online Summit) 2010 held on October 11th 2010 was the first ever-online conference for music educators and music education undergraduates. This groundbreaking event was free of charge to all atendees and took place entirely online. The conference was organized by @jimfrankel and sponsered by @SoundTree. There were twenty different sessions offered all about some aspect of music technology and using it in the music classroom. Some of the topics were how to implement technology in the music classroom, composing using different software such as noteflight and Sibelius, personal and professional learning networks, using Whiteboards in the elementary classroom, reaching non-traditional music students and many more. All of the sessions were recorded so if you were unable to attend METOS 2010 or would like to hear the sessions you didn’t attend you can watch all of the sessions by visiting http://www.metosonline.com. Also many of the presenters included links at the end of their presentation with where you can access handouts and notes from their presentation.
The #MusEdChat participants started off the chat by discussing common ideas and themes that were talked about throughout the entire METOS 2010 conference. One theme that was talked about in a lot of the sessions was composing. Many of the sessions focused on composing using programs such as Noteflight, MuseScore, Sibelius, and Finale. Other sessions covered having your students compose using programs such as Garage Band, MixCraft, O-Generator, and Logic Express. Composing is becoming very popular in music classrooms today because it is a great way to reach all of our students. Reaching the other 80% of students was another comon theme throghout the METOS conference. Many times music curriculum focuses so much on the performance aspect which only accounts for aroun 20% of our students and the rest of the student population are left behind. Composing was just one of the ways suggested to reach these students. Some of the other ways suggested were through technology and pop music because these are two things that today students are very comfortable with.
Another common theme throughout METOS 2010 was getting more music teachers online and collaborating with each other. Online collaboration through mediums such as Twitter, MusicPLN, and #MusEdChat is an invaluable experience. It is important that we spread the word and try to get as many music teachers and undergraduates as possible connected online. @pisanojm presented a session on the importance of personal and professional learning networks for music educators. METOS 2010 is the perfect example of getting people connected online and getting teachers connected. Finally, all the #MusEdChat participants agree that the overarching theme to #METOS 2010 is keeping our students as the top priority. All of the sessions were geared towards how teachers can implement technology to help their students and techniques that teachers can use in the both inside and outside of the classroom to become better teachers.
The #MusEdChat participants ended the chat by sharing lessons that they learned by attending METOS 2010. All the chat participants agree that they had a great day and learned a lot of invaluable information. In general most of the atendees said they learned a lot about different software programs and how they can be useful in the music classroom. Below are some of the main points and ideas that some of the METOS 2010 conference atendees learned.
- How to incorporate and use kaossilators in the music classroom- @shawdave
- Using the O-Generator as a way for non-performance students to compose and create music
- Learning different types of lessons that you can do on a SmartBoard in the elementary general music classroom
- Learning how to use MixCraft and all the possibilities that exist with that software. Also learning how it compares and contrasts to the similar software Garage Band- @thomasjwest
- The benefits of using Noteflight for student compositions- @DoremiGirl
- Learning about www.aviary.com and how useful it is- @musiccargirl14
- Learning about http://archives.org and www.AmericanHeritage.org for finding videos to write soundtracks for – @thomasjwest
- Seeing student work in @MusicEdTech and @jimfrankel sessions. @richardmccready said “Seeing student work at professional development sessions is powerful because otherwise it is just theory and conjecture.”- @zweibz7
- Hearing @pisanojm talk about the great experiences that #MusEdChat and #mpln can bring to those teachers that don’t get it yet -@Zweibz7
The chat closed by participants thanking @Sountree and @jimfrankel for hosting such a great event. All the participants were very impressed and pleased with how smoothly and professionally the event ran. @richardmccready said “20 presentations in one day was a bigh undertaking, but everything went very smoothly and it was a great day.” @thomasjwest summed up the chat and METOS 2010 by saying “The whole event was relatively glitch-free. It was a great a groundbreaking even for music education and a great experience for everyone that participated in the event.”
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- Join Us for METOS 2010!
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- #MusEdChat Transcript-METOS (10/11/10)
- #MusEdChat Recap – Technology (5/3/2010)