As a possible final project of the Course 5, I’ve chosen one of the Music topics that we teach every year and integrate it with digital tools and concepts. Our music teacher is always preparing for the technology integration unit with a big passion. This time, I have decided to update a unit of Grade 3 music lesson. I chose option 1 – redesigning the unit.

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Slides template for students

Unit Planner

Why do you think this unit is a good possibility for your Course 5 project?

I think this unit includes a lot of easily accessible tech tools that provide us opportunity to teach this unit online during the school closure. Moreover, I think this unit will be a great experience for students and will let them see how useful technology can be in learning music. I have used some of the deep learning strategies for students to learn how to learn.

How does this unit reflect your learning during COETAIL? How is this unit different from or similar to other units you have designed/facilitated?

Inspired by Game-Based Learning method, I decided to adopt this idea and design a template, looking similar to a game, that students will have to fill in. I’m still thinking of the design elements that would make the slides look like a game. In this unit I’ve only used some elements of the game like students receiving points after each completed activity. Also, learning stages are represented as missions that contain more steps to accomplish it.

How will the ISTE Standards for Students that you chose to enhance your students’ understanding of the content?

I believe that all of the chosen standards will enhance students to become independent learners, designers, responsible digital, citizens, successful collaborators and problem solvers. The list of standards is long, but it represents the complexity of the unit as well as a variety of tasks students will receive. Students will learn by figuring out how to accomplish the tasks and will become new knowledge creators as well. I would like to give students as much freedom as possible and encourage them to be not only individual learners, but also effective collaborators.

ISTE standards for students that I chose for this unit are:

1d: Students understand the fundamental concepts of technology operations, demonstrate the ability to choose, use and troubleshoot current technologies and are able to transfer their knowledge to explore emerging technologies.
2b: Students engage in positive, safe, legal and ethical behavior when using technology, including social interactions online or when using networked devices.
2c: Students demonstrate an understanding of and respect for the rights and obligations of using and sharing intellectual property.
3c: Students curate information from digital resources using a variety of tools and methods to create collections of artifacts that demonstrate meaningful connections or conclusions.
4a: Students know and use a deliberate design process for generating ideas, testing theories, creating innovative artifacts or solving authentic problems
4d: Students exhibit a tolerance for ambiguity, perseverance and the capacity to work with open-ended problems.
6b: Students create original works or responsibly repurpose or remix digital resources into new creations.
6d: Students publish or present content that customizes the message and medium for their intended audiences.
7a: Students use digital tools to connect with learners from a variety of backgrounds and cultures, engaging with them in ways that broaden mutual understanding and learning.

What has influenced you the most during COETAIL and how is that reflected in this final project?

While creating this unit I could feel the influence of the newly learned teaching strategies, concepts and methods. In this unit I included concepts and teaching/learning methods that I’ve discovered during my COEATL journey over past 4 courses, such as  SAMR, CARP or collaboration between teachers, collaboration between students, research, rubric-based assessment, analyzing learned knowledge, reflection and, of course, new pedagogies with deep learning strategies.

Here is an example of how the SAMR framework will be used in this unit. 

Substitution – technology acts as a direct tool substitute with no functional change. In this stage students will explore possible music genres by doing digital research. Gathered resources will be added to a slides template, prepared for students in advance, instead of getting this information from their teacher.

Augmentation – technology acts as a direct tool substitute with functional improvements. Students recreate music genres using digital musical tools in Chrome Music Lab.

Modification – technology allows significant task redesign. Students record music using online screen recording tool like Loom.

Redefinition – technology allows creation of new tasks, previously inconceivable. In this stage students will use online coding tool Scratch to design and authentically looking animation for their music pieces created in the previous step, using Chrome Music Lab.

What are some of your concerns about redesigning this unit?

Ideally, I would like to teach this unit at school, because this would provide wider opportunities for all of us to learn together.  Even though as I mentioned, the unit contains many digital tools that provide wide opportunities for teaching this unit online. COVID 19 is my only concern in facilitating this unit.

What shifts in pedagogy will this new unit require from you?

The new unit requires to rethink teaching strategies that will help students take more ownership over their learning.

This new unit requires to explore more online games and resources, that I can include in the learning process to raise students’ motivation.

What skills and/or attitudes will this new unit require from your students?

Students will need to develop even stronger collaboration skills while working with partners. Students will also need digital research, problem-solving and coding skills. Students will have to demonstrate a positive attitude and perseverance regarding independent learning.

What outcomes do you hope to see when students complete this unit? How will you know that students have learned the concepts?

I hope, that students will like this new teaching method and strategies, which will encourage them to learn new knowledge independently. Also, I expect students to help me in the future to design even better Game-based learning activity, that I will be able to use with other students.

I will know that students learned the concept from their reflections that are included after each mission.