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As I read some of the blog posts that ArtsEducato2.0 participants are writing, I find myself curious about how technology is embedded in their practice? And how technology supports their work with students?

At the last ArtsEducator2.0 meeting, Donna Fox shared how her students are collaborating with her in a class wiki. Other participants have written briefly about technology embedded in classroom experiences over the last few years and about the potential for others. For example, Bethany Hughes wrote about the potential for mobile devices in one of her posts:

“I think that there are many activities that I could offer students if they were allowed to use their phones, mp3 players, etc. in my class. ┬áIn this time of the availability of ┬áinformation, I feel like my phone, or other mobile technology could help me provide students with new and changing information, as well as, the tools for students to discover this information on their own.”

This makes me wonder what other ways participants are using technology to inform their inquiry work this year? Is anyone blogging with their students? Where? Does anyone have any other examples of how technology is supporting inquiry work and student learning? How would we access them? Or maybe there are other thoughts participants have around technology?

Cory and I had a challenge described in this post in adding the “Itsy Bitsy Blogger” mp3 file to the blog because it was too large for the WordPress blog. After doing some research after the suggestion from Mary Elizabeth about compressing the file, I found some solutions. My friend Jordan also helped with some specific instructions on one way to compress a large file:

“I have always just used iTunes. Under Preferences>Advanced>Import, you can set the bit rate/overall file type compression to lower the quality. You can then, under Advanced menu at the top of the screen, reconvert any file you like to make a smaller size. Unless you’d prefer to just ‘Compress’ the file (or archive depending on which term you use)… this will create a zip file you can then upload.”

However, now I have discovered that only the following file types are allowed to be uploaded to a WordPress blog:

“jpg, jpeg, png, gif, pdf, doc, ppt, odt, pptx, docx, pps, ppsx, xls, xlsx”

Because of this, I decided to just add a direct link to the mp3 music file I have added to the ArtsEducator2.0 wiki, so now you too can sing along! The lyrics are there also. Thanks to David Berlin and Cory Wilkerson who were instrumental in this composition! And to Bethany Hughes who also consulted with us!

February 2012

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