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EDUC 190 WF1 1st Sem 2011-2012 Class

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Integrating Music with Literacy to Help Struggling Readers — a webinar

Elizabeth Peterson.  Integrating Music with Literacy to Help Struggling Readers.  Supposed to be on July 31, 2011 at 11-11:30pm.

It was “supposed to be” because, honestly, I wasn’t able to attend the webinar I’m very interested into because I fell asleep waiting for it.  I wasn’t able to attend the other following webinars because of work the next day.  I’m very interested in this presentation because I myself am a struggling reader.  There will be times that when I don’t like what I’m reading, I immediately fall asleep in front of the book.  Sometimes I have a very short attention span to what I’m reading.  Just after a few paragraphs, I find myself looking at other things (playing games, looking for someone to text to, staring at pictures of the book, etc.).  Sadly, I didn’t hear Elizabeth speak live together with the other participants.

But good thing that as I followed the speaker through twitter, I’ve found very interesting links about this webinar archived in some webistes.  It has some kind of summary about the overall presentation.  (Links can be found here:

As I read through the blogs and comments of the people present in the presentation, I still learned a lot.  I realized that reading different writings and listening to music are very similar to each other.  Using the experience from listening to music can definitely improve the reading experience of a student as a struggling reader.

Ellizabeth’s strategy is to make her students hear a piece of music together and then she’ll let them express what they think about what they heard.  This helps her bring her students to her teaching on reading.  Before drawing her students’ attention to the lecture on reading, she would first let her students experience their interest which is listening to music.  This is one way she integrates music with literacy.

I’ve found that there are increasing number of learners and educators in the internet and, just like the concept of open sourcing, they share it for free!  This alone compels me to learn more and look for more educators out there who have some idea worth sharing and/or learning.

Creativity and Creative Learning: Redefining the Future of Learning – Webinar

“Creativity and Creative Learning: Redefining the Future of Learning”: Presented by Dr. Pam Burnard | July 30, 2011 | 8:00- 9:00 pm

     Attending an e-conference is new for me.  I never had any experience of an on-line live seminar, or a so-called “webinar”, prior to this task.  It was very convenient and “cool”, so to speak.  It somehow works just like a normal meeting, it’s just that, you can’t really see everyone, say, your co-participants in the seminar.  Another fundamental element of the webinar is the chat box, where all thelisteners, including the speaker could interact.  It is where the listeners could freely post their insights, reactions and questions.  This feature removes a great wall of division from the speaker.  This could also favour those people who don’t want to get too much attention from the other people when he would like to inquire from the speaker.  Second, the slide presentation, which can be downloaded immediately, allows easy access not only for the speaker but also for the listeners as well.  It has also been made easier for the speaker to share links and other resources.

     The e-conference which I attended is about creativity and how essential it is in the child’s learning.  Dr. Pam says that creativity must be used to author change from traditional conventions.  It has also been stressed that the children’s creative learning could only be fostered through the collaborative efforts of the home and of the school.  Both the home and school contexts contribute to the development of creativity of the child.  Now, Dr. Pam emphasized that creativity should have a central place in the school’s curriculum. I quote from Dr. Pam’s presentation, “Creativity is imaginative activity fashioned so as to produce outcomes that are original and of value.”  She also introduced a “Creativity Wheel”, where she said that creative development has different attributes such as “Imagination with a purpose”, “Originality”, and “Value”.  This wheel could be used to check how creative a task has been done, also, it serves as a guide in doing tasks “creatively”. Dr. Pam has shared many ways of achieving creative learning and creative teaching in subjects such as music.  She also talked about critical thinking and creative thinking and the differences among the two concepts.

Musically Reading.

Elizabeth Peterson         Integrating Music Literacy to Help Struggling Readers          

“The more we listen, the more we enjoy. The more we read, the more we understand.” That was the quote Ms. Elizabeth Peterson used in one of her slides. The webinar that I attended was entitled Integrating Music Literacy to Help Struggling Readers. It was amazing because my schedule fit in this session. I am a music lover and I love to read and so, this session was perfect for me.

The clock ticked 11 and the session started. Ms. Melissa, her assistant introduced to us (the students) Ms. Elizabeth. Ms. Elizabeth is the host of the website She is also the author of Inspired by Listening, which she had raffled at the end of the session. In her book, she tackled how music could be integrated in teaching different subjects.

The webinar started by Ms. Elizabeth asking a question how we are related to music. Most of the students answered that they are just music lovers. Then she went on to her lesson. She let us use the whiteboard, she asked us what music to us is and we freely answered it thru writing around the board. It was my first time to attend to a webinar and it was fun. Although I am not much of a listener and I get distracted easily, I really exerted effort to stay focused. And it was worth it! I learned about the parallel process between music and reading. Ever since pre-school, music was one of the agents in helping students learn. Who does not remember his/her nursery rhymes? She shared also the idea that music makes repetition painless. Another good point that she raised was the BME rule. Just like songs which have beginning, middle and ending so does a story. In the beginning the question would be “does it got the listener’s attention?”, the middle “does it tell a story?” and in the ending “does the ending wrap it up?” As the teacher introduces this kind of technique through music at first, it would be easier for students to do it in a story the next time. However, the music should not be complex but short and simple. Lastly, what I liked in the session was her insight about visualization. She said that “visualization is the key to comprehension.” Personally, I like it when I see a book that is done into a movie. I would watch the movie first then read the book after or vice versa. If I had read the book first, I would watch the movie then to figure out if my imagination is the same as to the director.

I enjoyed the webinar but I think it is better if she had played music as an example. This session is very informational although less interactive. Given a chance, I would love to attend in a webinar again.


RSCON3 Reflection


I attended the webinar “Alternative assessment and electronic portfolios: sharing and successful experience and ideas” which was presented by Cecilia Lemos. It was a 30-minute session from 8:30-9:00 pm last July 31.

The experience was great. There are around 50 participants from all-over the world. Luckily, I was not the only one from the Philippines. there are four of us including two of my classmates in EDUC 190.

The webinar discussed the advantages of alternative assessment as oppose to traditional assessment which is usually a paper-and-pencil test. Personally, most of my learning experiences in elementary and high school were assessed traditionally which is also the predominant method used in most public schools. As a future teacher, I want to change this. I’m not saying that paper-and-pencil tests should be abolished in the educational system. But, I think it is better to appraise students’ learning using alternative assessments, e.g. performance-based, journals, portfolios, projects, etc., since it measures their understanding and how they apply it. It is an appraisal and a learning experience at the same time. (This webinar had the right timing because I had an exam in physics the next day. It made me realize that it is not that important to get a high score in the exam. True understanding of the concepts is all-important.)

The webinar also discussed the use of electronic portfolios as an assessment tool. The session was nearing its end so the presenter briefly showed a video of how she uses e-portfolios in assessing her students in an english class. It is interesting to know that they don’t use numerical grading systems in their school which is more advantageous according to her.

The webinar was very informative. Aside from the concepts that I learned about alternative assessment, I also learned some links to different e-portfolios that are available in the web which came from the presenter and some participants.

Rainy RSCON Day

I truly enjoyed my first webinar experience! The topics were all so interesting and relevant I wanted to attend all of them.

These e-conferences are very convenient and exciting (and it’s free!). Features such as the note pad, auto-record, polls, presentation comments, chat box, the web cam (for the speaker) and save chat/notes/whiteboard slides further enhances learning by increasing interaction and allowing you to efficiently document information.

The speaker posed a question to the participants…and in less than a minute, this is how the slide looked like.

The chat box is my personal favorite because through this, I get a glimpse at the life of other participants and that’s where people post all the helpful links. That’s where I also encountered several new concepts like “Google certified teacher” and “blended learning”. People who are shy to ask questions out loud could also abuse the chat box – just type in the question and moderator will read it to the presenter.

And did I already say it’s very convenient? Anyone can access it from anywhere as long as they have Internet connection, just likemadsciguy 1:

On July 31, 2011 at 6:09 AM
madsciguy 1: Rockwall Texas, in hospital just had twins yesterday and a day from learning was wrenching. Two beautiful grls and I have attended all rscons and listened to podcast of sessions i missed

In some instances, you can even download some of the presentation slides beforehand so you know what to expect. The presenters’ websites and Twitter accounts are posted, too.It’s also good that the sessions were brief and very interactive. With this tool, people who have so much to share but have public speaking anxiety, can now reach out to other people while trying to overcome their fear It’s like being in an international conference while in the comfort of your own home!.. too much comfort I fell asleep while listening to one of the sessions. Thank God my CamStudio Recorder was on (thanks Joy).

Here are the conferences I’ve attended:

    7/31/2011 5:30:00- 6:00 Awakening Indispensable People
    by Monika Hardy

    7/31/2011 6:30:- 7:30
    Keynote Presentation: Creating the Schools that Empower Students to Find Their Sentence
    by Lisa Nielsen

    7/31/2011 8:00:-8:30
    Ask the Children- Meaningful Student Blogging for all Levels (my favorite)
    by Pernille Ripp

    7/31/2011 23:00- 23:30
    Integrating Music with Literacy to Help Struggling Readers
    by Elizabeth Peterson

I wanted more, but my schedule made it impossible. I tried to partake in two sessions at the same time but it didn’t work for me. So, I just followed the blogs (’cause I haven’t found a reason to like Twitter, still) of those presenters whose topic I found fascinating – adding up to my “I’ll-check-it-out-as-soon-as-I’m-no-longer-busy” list. I really should’ve attended that webinar Keep a finger on the pulse of your PLN!


The webinar I attended was Cecilia Lemos’ Alternative Assessment and e-Portfolios: Sharing a Successful Experience and Ideas. The general feel of the webinar was very comfortable. it is like having a chat with a friend inside a room. it feels like there’s no distance between the speaker and the audience. It was VERY interactive.


I logged in late because of connection problems but what I stumbled upon when I did connect was:

– What is alternative assessment?
– performance, student-specific, process oriented
– student-specific focuses on the student’s performance, where he/she wants to go in learning.
-very flexible
– Traditional vs. Alternative
– Focuses on language(T) vs Focus on Communication(alt)
– teacher Centered vs Learner Centered
-isolated Skills vs Integrated skills
-emphasis on the product vs emphasis on the process
-one-way correctness vs multiple solutions
-test that test vs test that teach (richards and renandaya 2002)

-washback- what the students get from the examination/test/assessment

I learned that genuine assessment cannot be achieved by paper and pencil tests alone. Other forms of assessment are far better than paper and pen tests that we usually encounter and many if not most of us will use when the time comes to assess our students.

She introduced the online or the e-portfolio, a portfolio ONLINE! hahaha. It was an amazing way to measure what the students have been learning and is very appealing to them because of its online nature.

Here are some ideas that were shared by the speaker on the forms that the  e-protfolio might take:

-screen casts

I’ve never tried glogster but she mentioned that it was some form of poster making website. Have not really checked.


In conclusion, I think the webinar is a great venue in which people can share ideas in real time and keep the ball of ideas rolling until something great is achieved. The only limitation I could think about is the problem of internet connection. My experience was not as ideal because of the faulty internet connection that i used. But everything else was fine. Thanks.