Note Taking Applications

Note Taking Applications

Recently in my Introduction to Music Education Research class, we were asked to write a research proposal by identifying a gap in the current scholarly literature for our research topic. Throughout my doctoral program, I have been using Mendeley to curate my readings. During my masters program, several of us used Zotero for similar purposes. Both have plugins for browsers and word processors for saving and citing research, respectively. For the purposes of writing my masters project and this proposal, I wanted a note taking application that I could use to visually organize my thinking. During my masters program, I did it all on index cards similar to the pictures below. Wanting a digital solution, I turned to social media:

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Reflection: VMEA 2018

Reflection: VMEA 2018

This past week was the Virginia Music Educators Association Conference at the Omni Homestead in Hot Springs, Virginia. It was a great opportunity to meet band, orchestra, choir, and general music teachers in Virginia as well as attend some excellent clinics over three days at a mountain resort! This post is meant to be a reflection of what I learned and experienced while at the conference.

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Thoughts on Apple

Thoughts on Apple

Photo by Medhat Dawoud on Unsplash.

I have been thinking a lot about Apple in the past few weeks. There have been announcements of new MacBook Pros, iPhones, Mac minis, MacBook Airs, and iPad Pros, not to mention the releases of iOS 12 and macOS Mojave. I’m also curious about the upcoming 2019 Mac Pro based off the recent iMac Pro, as well as the rumors of what got put off for iOS 13 or what’s coming with Marzipan. I’m not really interested in the Apple Watch or watchOS, but we do own a few AppleTVs and HomeKit devices. The future, in my view at least, is both bright and scary at the same time.

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Timeless Learning: How Imagination, Observation, and Zero-Based Thinking Change Schools

Timeless Learning: How Imagination, Observation, and Zero-Based Thinking Change Schools

In my week off between courses in my DMA program, I began reading Timeless Learning: How Imagination, Observation, and Zero-Based Thinking Change Schools by Ira Socol, Pam Moran, and Chad Ratliff. Little did I know that the work these three are doing is just down the road from me! Ira is the former Chief Technology and Innovation Officer, and Pam is the former Superintendent for Albemarle County Public Schools. Both spearheaded the creation of Albemarle Tech: The Center for Creativity and Invention which opened to seniors this year. Chad is the current principal of Albemarle Lab Schools. Their book seeks to answer the question, how do people best learn? And in light of the answers, looks to transform how we think of and do school to best support lifelong learning in our students.

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Previous Philosophies of Music Education

Previous Philosophies of Music Education

Photo by Giammarco Boscaro on Unsplash

As we have progressed through Week 1 and Week 2 of my first doctoral class, Foundations of Music Education I: Philosophy and History, I have found myself revisiting my prior philosophies of music education. At first, I was hesitant to share them because (1) I have not looked at or thought about them in quite some time, and (2) our learning in this class is more towards philosophy as an action. Here is a sampling from the prompt for our final paper:

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Missing the First Day of School

Missing the First Day of School

Today, for the first time in twenty-seven years, I'm not having a first day of school! Yesterday was the first day for our surrounding schools, and today is Ankeny's first day back with students. I have yet to find a job within a reasonable (hour or less) driving distance from our house near Charlottesville. Most of the instrumental music jobs that have been posted have been around D.C. (2.5 hours) or Richmond (1.5 hours). I have applied to substitute teach in both the Charlottesville and Albemarle County school districts, and now I'm just waiting to hear back.

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Reflection: IBA 2018

This year's conference for me was bittersweet as it could be my last for quite some time. Unrelated to my departure, I found this conference to not hold a lot of very practical take-back-immediately kind of learning for me, but instead, learning that provoked a great deal of thinking. I wanted to get much of that thinking out quickly after the conference so I didn't lose it. Here is what my schedule looked like this year:

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Starting a New Adventure

Well, we told the students today, so I guess that makes it "official"... This year will be my last at Centennial High School. This past Spring, my wife completed her PhD program in mechanical engineering at Iowa State University and accepted a tenure track professorship at the University of Virginia! We moved her out there at the beginning of November, where she is doing some contracted work with NASA Langley before beginning at UVA in February. I have not yet found a job out in the Charlottesville area yet, but it is still pretty early in the process. I see three options moving forward: a teaching gig in Virginia, getting really good at riding my bike to all of the establishments, or a doctoral program in music education. Someone has to train the future music eduactors to be the funniest band directors in the tri-state area!

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Spring Break Reflections

As I have been avoiding my Nintendo Switch over Spring Break, I came across a sheet of paper I had scribbled things on during a professional development day earlier this year. I want to save those thoughts for later, so I can flesh them out. Specifically that morning, we were working on two different areas: our district's instructional framework (gradual release of responsibility/productive group work) and teaching behavior. Here are my notes:

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To my Republican Legislators and Friends

Dear Representatives Koester and Landin,

Dear Senator Whitver and Governer Branstad,

Dear Representative Deyoe and Senator Schultz,

Dear Iowa friends who voted for Republican state legislators in this past election,

I am writing to ask a simple question: why? What is it that we did to make you want to propose the changes you did to collective bargaining?

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