Sound in the classroom

I have written before about using music in the classroom.  I have been following a thread on one of my networks which has been discussing should we allow music in the classroom? Many schools have a ban on those little white buds which hang from students’ ears.  Should we allow students to listen to music that is beneficial for their learning?    Julian Treasure, ‘The four way sound affects us’ talks about how music affects us.  Although this video is aimed at businesses, it holds great relevance for education and learning.

1. Physiological – it affects our breathing, heart rate and brain waves.

2. Psychological – that which affects our emotions and cognitively, for example, we can’t listen to two people talking at once or listen well if there is a lot of background noise.  Productivity in open plan offices is 66 percent less than in a quiet room. However, if you had a set of headphones that is playing soothing music, your productivity in that noisy space will increase.

3. Behavioural: we want to move away from unpleasant sounds to pleasant sounds.  Ie noisy to quiet.

Julian goes on to state that music is the most powerful sound there is. Watch the video and see if it changes your mind about students listening to music in the classroom.

The four ways sound affects us.

Also read George Lozanov’s music for improved learning.

Backing up your blog

It’s always a good idea to back up documents.  Everyone has experienced at some time or another, that sinking feeling of having lost data due to a crashed drive, loss of a usb or whatever.  It is usually at this stage that we wish we had a backup!  The same is true of online data.  There have been times when my blog has disappeared and I have been truly grateful for the harding working people who were able to restore it. However, it was a good lesson to make me realise a back up is a good idea.  Global2 has provided a great link to backing up your blog and also there’s a ‘how to’ create a pdf of your blog using Blogbooker.  After exporting your blog, click on the PDF icon at Blogbooker and follow the easty steps to pdf your blog.

Changes to Global Teacher platform

Changes have been made to Global Teacher. The new platform is available at Global 2.

The following is an email received notifying all users of the up and coming changes. I am posting it here for readers interest and my own refernce.

This is to update you on the changes that have been made to Global Teacher. 2011 sees the beginning of a new space for DEECD schools to collaborate, communicate and create called Global2.

Like the previous spaces Global Teacher and Global Student, Global2 is an Edublogs campus site, in fact one of the largest in the world, and offers all of the advantages of Edublogs WordPress based blogs but with the support of and integration with DEECD tools.

Global2 will enable DEECD teachers and students to collaborate online with the world. If you are an existing Global Teacher user (formerly http://globalteacher.org.au/) then access to your blogs continues with all Global Teacher sites being redirected to the new url: http://global2.vic.edu.au

When you are creating your new blogs for this year please go to http://global2.vic.edu.au and you are on your way.

Because of problems caused by spam blogs, Global2 is designed to automatically only accept new users with an edumail.vic.gov.au or vic.edu.au email account.

All students in DEECD schools have access to a school email account e.g. johnsmith@sampleps.vic.edu.au through your Netspace provider. In some cases teachers may need to ask their technician for the details of student email addresses so as to join students to the Global2 site. Schools who have not yet created these email accounts will need to do so if students are to be included on a Global2 blog.

Previous users of Global Teacher and new users to Global2 who don’t have an email account with one of these domains are invited to apply for access to a Global2 collaborative project blog. Please note any such blog must include one or more DEECD schools within the scope of the blog. To create such a blog simply click on the Collaborative projects tab and follow the prompts.

Please send any questions to global.teacher@edumail.vic.gov.au.

Thank you,

Office for Government School Education