- Instructional Software
- Accompaniment/Practice Tools
- Internet-based Learning
Instructional Software is used to aid in teaching a subject in order to enhance the students learning. an example of this is MacGammut which is used to help teach Aural Skills with drills in various skill sets. Students can use this at home to help with their practicing and teachers can use it to check in on how their students are doing and what needs to be taught more in class.
Accompaniment/ Practice tools are used specifically to help students with learning their instruments in either a solo or ensemble situation. Smart Music is a practice tool that is great for students to use to practice outside of class. This program provides accompaniment and records what the student is playing. This can also be used as an assessment tool when sent in to the teacher for a grade.
Internet based learning is really great for students to use at home for extra practice with what is being learned in class. A great site that can be used for this is Quaver which is a free website that anyone can log on to and play musical educational games from music history to music composition.
TI:ME Areas of Competency for Technology Assisted Learning include:
- Have a broad familiarity with available instructional software.
- Understand how to install, use, and integrate these programs into their music curriculum taking full advantage of the record-keeping, evaluation, and instructional support CAI software provides.
- Prescribe instructional software to provide students with a patient practice partner, allowing self-paced progress through subject matter.
- Monitor class work and record progress using CAI software.
- Integrate practice tools into their curriculum
- Guide students in better use of them in their personal practice sessions.
- Integrate these practice tools with music notation and sequencing programs
- Create additional materials for student practice, more closely aligned with the school’s curriculum.
- Connect computers to the Internet
- Share files between computers of varying platforms
- Effectively search and retrieve information.
- Encourage students to use the Internet to find answers and to become life-long learners beyond the classroom experience.
- Encourage students can use this vast information resource to research any topic. Many libraries, both public and private, allow students to search their catalogs online and will give them the references requested.