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European Astro Pi Challenge 2019-20 now open

Education News - ESA Education - Thu, 09/12/2019 - 15:39

ESA Education and the Raspberry Pi Foundation are happy to announce the launch of the 2019-20 European Astro Pi Challenge!

The European Astro Pi Challenge is a school project run by ESA in collaboration with the Raspberry Pi Foundation and gives young people the opportunity to write code that runs on Raspberry Pi computers on board the International Space Station.

Seesaw: New Multiple Pages and Music Features

Seesaw (web.seesaw.me) recently updated their features to include multiple pages and music features (staff line background and two clefs). With the treble clef tool, the line tool, and using multiple pages, I was able to create an activity. This activity is a music book where the students draw the note names to create words. This activity is included in the Seesaw activities, so anyone with the Seesaw app (free or paid) can use the activity with their students.

Continue reading Seesaw: New Multiple Pages and Music Features at Music, Education & Technology -MusTech.Net.

#Elmusedchat: World Music

If you follow #elmusedchat on Twitter, then you know that Theresa Turner @TunefulTechie holds a weekly chat about topics for the elementary music educator. The chats usually occur on Sundays, at 8 pm CST. Last week, she held one on World Music. This week will be about encouraging reluctant learners.

I encourage you to check out her #elmusedchats as well as her blog at https://elementarymusiced.com. If you miss the chat, you can see the posts on her blog!

Continue reading #Elmusedchat: World Music at Music, Education & Technology -MusTech.Net.

The 8 Backpack Essentials Every Kid Needs This School Year

Education News - Schooling and Learning - Tue, 08/27/2019 - 00:00
There is a buzz in the air as the anticipation of a new school year draws closer. A clean slate and the promise of new beginnings mingling with the excitement of gathering with friends and sharing…

What Teachers Want Parents to Know About the First Week of School

Education News - Schooling and Learning - Mon, 08/26/2019 - 00:00
Back to school time is quickly approaching. You’re probably stocking up on backpacks, pencils, and other school supplies for your children. In just a few short weeks, you will be turning them over to…

An Evaluation of Privacy Policies with Five Apps That Can Be Used in a Music Classroom

This summer, I set a professional development (PD) goal to achieve my International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) certification. The process includes a two-day workshop, then an eight-week online course, followed by a six-month portfolio. I am currently finishing up the online course. It has been quite a PD journey that I have appreciated as it has made me dive deeper into my own teaching philosophy and practices.

Since I started teaching in 1996, I have been utilizing technology into the elementary music classroom.

Continue reading An Evaluation of Privacy Policies with Five Apps That Can Be Used in a Music Classroom at Music, Education & Technology -MusTech.Net.

Blog Review: Cleaning…That Time of the Year…

It is that time of year. It is the time of year when I see elementary music educators posting amazing pinterest-ready photos of their classrooms. The time of year when we are posting to each other questions about curriculum, how to store boomwhackers and ukuleles, compare schedules, ask about classroom management, favorite teaching tools, and so much more!

It is the time of year when we giggle at these types of memes:

Credit: andertoons.com

And when we need great reminders from this great man, Gerry Brooks:

Cleaning the Orff Instruments:

For me, it is that time of year that I need to clean the instruments.

Continue reading Blog Review: Cleaning…That Time of the Year… at Music, Education & Technology -MusTech.Net.

Summer School Alpbach 2019 sees student teams devise missions to study Earth from space

Education News - ESA Education - Mon, 08/12/2019 - 16:00

From 16 – 25 July 2019, 58 university students from 23 nations travelled to the beautiful Austrian Alps to take part in the 43rd edition of the Summer School Alpbach. Organised by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) and ESA , this year’s theme was“Geophysics from Space Using Micro- or Nano-Satellite Constellations”. It would see the attendees working intensively to define and design a space mission under the supervision of noted scientific and engineering experts!

5 Questions Every Parent Should Ask Their Kids The First Week of School

Education News - Schooling and Learning - Mon, 08/12/2019 - 00:00
The time has come to bid farewell to summer and get back into the swing of things with a brand new school year. A mix of emotions surrounding the start of the new year are sure to surface, and as a…

5 Positive Phrases To Say To Your Anxious Child About School

Education News - Schooling and Learning - Fri, 08/09/2019 - 00:00
Do you have a little one who is anxious about going back to school? First day jitters are common and completely normal. Every parent wants to smooth things over and comfort their children, but choose…

3 Tips for a Stress-Free School Morning Routine

Education News - Schooling and Learning - Thu, 08/08/2019 - 00:00
Back-to-school season is upon us. If anyone else is wondering where summer went, I totally get it. Seems like just yesterday we were making our summer bucket list and checking it twice, now we are…

Writing a Letter to Your Future Self

Why writing your future self can help you come closer to achieving your educational and personal goals as a teacher?

Continue reading Writing a Letter to Your Future Self at Music, Education & Technology -MusTech.Net.

10 Back to School Traditions to Start With Your Family Now

Education News - Schooling and Learning - Mon, 08/05/2019 - 00:00
Going back to school doesn’t have to be a drag! Make it fun by incorporating fun memory-making ideas and traditions that you’ll want to carry on for years to come when the first day of school rolls…

Flipgrid in the Elementary Music Classroom

Today, Flipgrid premiered new tools that were previewed at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference this past June. The new additions to Flipgrid will enhance students’ choices in how they showcase and reflect on their experiences of making and doing music in the elementary music classroom

Currently, I am working on my ISTE certification. This process is very thorough and intensive. It begins with a 2-day workshop, then proceeds to an 8-week online course, followed by a 6-month portfolio.

Continue reading Flipgrid in the Elementary Music Classroom at Music, Education & Technology -MusTech.Net.

10 First Day of School Photos That are Parenting Goals

Education News - Schooling and Learning - Thu, 08/01/2019 - 00:00
The first day of school is a momentous occasion for any family. While many parents are happy if they can just get a decent picture, other parents want to commemorate this day each year more…

10 First Day of School Parenting Photos That are Parenting Goals

Education News - Schooling and Learning - Thu, 08/01/2019 - 00:00
The first day of school is a momentous occasion for any family. While many parents are happy if they can just get a decent picture, other parents want to commemorate this day each year more…

Study Says Bullies May Lack a Sense of School-Belonging

Education News - Schooling and Learning - Wed, 07/31/2019 - 00:00
In a climate of increasing violence and school shootings, it seems there has never been a more important time to understand the roots of bullying. As parents, we worry about bullying on several…

2019-20 ESA Education School Projects

Education News - ESA Education - Mon, 07/29/2019 - 11:31

The ESA Education Office is pleased to announce the launch of five school projects aimed at primary and secondary school students that will run in the 2019-20 school year. These educational initiatives aim to help young people increase their literacy and competence in STEM disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) while stimulating students’ creativity and critical thinking. 

Fly Your Satellite! 3: call for proposals

Education News - ESA Education - Mon, 07/22/2019 - 15:59

ESA invites university student teams from ESA Member States, Canada and Slovenia that are developing a one, two or three-unit CubeSat with mainly educational objectives to propose their satellite for the new edition of the “Fly Your Satellite!” (FYS) programme. 

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