Do I really want to read my prof's Music blog?
January 11, 2010 10:59 AM Subscribe
What uses of blogs and technology have you seen in undergraduate classes that didn't feel tacked on or useless?
posted by SNWidget to Education (18 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I'm a graduate student teaching two sections of an Introduction to Music class for undergraduates elementary education majors. We basically take them through the simple paths of "this is how you read music," "this is how you play recorder," and "here's how you teach songs to kids."
There's a big push to include things like blogs, wikis, and other digital media in classes taught at my university. I'm familiar with all of these types of technologies, but every time I've seen them put into place, they've been lacking.
For example: a professor posts something on a blog, and everyone has to write a response. Of course, everyone waits till the last moment, the responses aren't thought-out, and it turns into just another homework assignment, not a website that's actually useful for the kids in the class.
Have you ever seen something like this be effective? The main use I can think of at the moment is a central location for helpful links (recorder fingerings, pdfs of blank staff paper for writing music, etc.), but beyond that, I'm sort of hitting a wall as to creative ideas, or how to make this not seem like a tagged on, "look at me, I'm using the Internets!" type of addition.
Any and all advice (positive and negative experiences) are much appreciated.