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Music EDnet update

          Budget time - an opportunity to plan beyond next year

          Look back and reflect, so you can move forward


                                            paring plans that can and do ensure suc-
                                            cess. It is quite amazing what a pair of
                                            fresh eyes and asking a few questions
                                            can uncover. There is no doubt that you
                                            would know your department and how it
                                            works better than anyone else, but it is
                                            also true that working “in” it every day
 nutshell, it is the “how” of teaching chil-  is very different to working “on” it. This
 dren … whereas curriculum is the “what”.   is the perspective we encourage and for
                                            you to take some time away from the day-
 Andragogy, on the other hand, is the art   to-day. Add to this the expertise and per-
 Dear Educator,  and science of teaching adults … still the   Warrick Dowdy   spective that Music EDnet brings to bear
 “how”, but it is quite different, as is the   Manager - Customer Services
 Pedagogy, Andragogy and Professional   “what”. The term Andragogy was original-  warrick@musicednet.com  and the outline of your plan quickly be-
 Learning.  ly coined by German educator, Alexander   gins to take shape.
 Integrating Technology  bout this time each year Music
 The practice of teaching is something   Kapp, in 1833 but it was American edu-  EDnet receives many calls and   Working with hundreds of schools, deal-  Looking ahead
 Moving from Enhancement to   that has interested me for many years,   cator, Malcolm Knowles who made use of   Aemails relating to budgets. Some   ing with different curricula and witness-
 Transformation  although I am not a professional teacher.   the term in 1967 to explain his theory of   are about using up what’s left in this   ing best practice, innovative ideas and   An invaluable insight into the impact
 Dr. Ruben R. Puentedura  Yet most of my professional life has in-  adult education. It is built on 4 principles:  year’s bucket, but the bulk of enquiries   engaged students is stimulating to say   of technology in education over the
                                                                                 next 1-5 years.
 volved teaching. Early in my career, like   1.  Adults need to be involved in the   are about gathering information for the   the least. But seeing the opposite end of
 many people, I was expected to teach   planning and evaluation of their in-  budget for the year ahead. If you are for-  the spectrum and the lack of leadership
 Substitution  other adults about things I was suppos-  struction.  tunate enough to have a department that   in some schools can be frustratingly sad.  2017 Horizon Report:
 edly knowledgeable about … the technical   is well equipped and humming along this   The K-12 edition
 Technology acts as a direct tool   side of electronic musical instruments,   2.  Experience (including mistakes) pro-  is usually a straight forward process. In   So... back to the planning.
 substitute, with no functional   hifi equipment and professional sound re-  vides the basis for learning activities.  this case, when it comes to technology, it   While Music EDnet specifically focuses   Published by the New Media
 change.  inforcement systems for Yamaha. It was   3.  Adults are most interested in learn-  may include software updates, replacing   on technology ... basically anything involv-  Consortium.
 a great experience and I know that the   ing subjects that have immediate rel-  some older items and adding some new   ing ICT, classroom technology, music, au-  Short-Term Trends: Driving edtech
 Augmentation  learning was very much in both directions.  evance to their job or personal life.  things that will enhance student learn-  dio, video, media, lighting and electric/  adoption in K-12 education for the
 Technology acts as a direct tool   Of course, teaching adults is different   ing and engagement... such as expanding   electronic instruments and amplification   next one to two years
 substitute, with functional im-  to teaching children. Teaching adults   4.  Adult learning is problem-centred   your BYOD resources.  ... our planning formula is equally effec-  ►   Coding as a Literacy
 provement.  seemed somewhat natural … something   rather than content-oriented.  More likely however, you are faced with   tive if applied to your instrumental/band
                                            program and acoustic instruments and
 I assumed was to do with adult learners   This explains a lot about what motivates   the ongoing challenge of wanting far   ►   Rise of STEAM Learning
 Modification                               related infrastructure.
 being self-motivated to learn and gener-  adults to learn and what they expect to   more than you know you will get, trying   Download the preview or full version
 Technology allows for a signifi-  ally wanting to be there.  get from it … and quickly! We want to   to balance repairs and maintenance with   If you are building a new program and   (published August 2017)
 cant task redesign.  learn it now and use it tomorrow.  a desire to upgrade and/or establish the   have major capital works on the agen-
 As it happens, I was only partly correct   da (e.g. new performing arts facilities,   http://bit.ly/2tXl015
 as adults do not always want to attend   Pedagogy is much longer term and, while   facilities you really need.
 Redefinition                               school building program) the earlier we
 Professional Learning (or Professional   supposedly child-centred, is guided by   So how do you break this nexus and get   get involved the better. We are able to   sign flaws. It is far too common for us to
 Technology allows for the crea-  Development as it is sometimes referred   the teacher. It is the teacher who is ex-  your department on a progressive track   advise on architectural plans, classroom   see finished facilities that have consider-
 tion of new tasks, previously in-  to). In fact, PD has been described as   pected to facilitate what students learn,   for the future?  ergonomics that maximise efficiency and   able shortcomings... and too late or ex-
 conceivable  “something you have done to you” where-  and when, based on long term objectives   we can work with your architect and en-  pensive to fix.
 as PL is something you choose to partici-  (curriculum outcomes). But today even   It’s all about having the right plan!  gineers before designs are finalised. All
 pate in.  young students can easily learn about al-  At Music EDnet we work with teachers   this can amount to considerable cost sav-  If you are wanting to prepare a plan for
 most anything that interests them mak-
 Teachers are no different when it comes   ing it a real challenge to “teach” children   across Australia and New Zealand pre-  ings and/or the avoidance of major de-  ...continued on page 5
 to their own learning and we see this re-  the “what” defined by the curriculum …
 flected in the feedback from our DAYTiME   particularly when they may not appreciate
 conferences. While it is great to see   the “why”.
 the overwhelming support for DAYTiME
 (around 90% rate the educational value   As pedagogies and technologies are
 as high or very high), there are always   evolving I have noticed some of the prin-
 some who have different perceptions. And   ciples of adult learning being used by
 frankly, it is these responses that contrib-  teachers to better motivate young stu-
 ute most to our own learning … even if we   dents to learn what they need to know
 cannot meet the expectations of every-  today. Making the “what” interesting and
 one.  engaging student learning beyond the
 classroom with appropriate technologies
 However you label it, life-long learning is   are becoming hallmarks of today’s best
 is published by   essential for progress. But are the percep-
 Music Education Network Pty Ltd  tions of adult learners all that different to   practising teachers.
 PO Box 1013   children as learners?  Enjoy!
 Blackwood SA 5051   Pedagogy is defined as the art and sci-  Keith Huxtable
 T: 1300 723 700   ence of teaching children and most teach-  Managing Director   Music EDnet Creation Stations
 F: 08 8270 1366  ers are well versed in its relevance. In a   keith@musicednet.com


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