Ask The Music Teacher

Innovative teaching and the use of
technology in the classroom


Innovative courses to help you in your classroom

You can find me on
twitter and Facebook


Turning ideas into action


The importance of BYOD

By | Food for thought, Microsoft, Teaching and Learning | No Comments

BYOD has had a massive impact at my school; Willows High school is situated in one of the most socially economic deprived areas in Wales with 40% of our students on free school meals.

During my 6-month secondment with Microsoft it was very interesting to see the amount of schools in England that had one to one devices for every student. I long for the day that schools in Wales have the money to invest in such a luxury, every year our schools budgets seem to get less and less.

Read More

Belong Believe Achieve – free album download

By | Audio | No Comments

Belong Believe Achieve is an album created pupils on the Music Tech course at Willows High School in Cardiff. The music the pupils recorded has been taken into the local community and performed, hundreds of copies of our album Believe, Belong, Achieve have been given out to all residents of our school community. Read More

Makey Makey

By | Video | No Comments

The MaKey MaKey – by Jay Silver and Eric Rosenbaum, made by JoyLabz! enables you to play games on the internet using Play-Doh or Piano on Bananas? Alligator clip the Internet to Your World. MaKey MaKey is an invention kit for the 21st century. Turn everyday objects into touchpads and combine them with the internet. It’s a simple Invention Kit for Beginners and Experts doing art, engineering, and everything in between!

Read More

Using the Kinect in your classroom

By | Kinect, Microsoft, Uncategorized | No Comments

Recently I have been playing about with the XBOX Kinect plugged into my laptop. It really has opened my eyes to the potential of the kinect in the classroom. How often do our students say “oh sir not another PowerPoint”. By using the kinect it gives presenting information a new dimension for our students. For those teachers out there that are saying under their breath “why not just use a mouse”. You really have no idea. Not everyone teaches in a private school where the students are switched on all the time. Students in my classes now want to create presentations because they know once they have completed their work they can present it in a way that reflects a science fiction film (Minority Report for those who don’t watch films). Read More

Wii Interactive board

By | Microsoft, Uncategorized, Video | No Comments

This tutorial shows you how to connect your wii controller to your PC or laptop and start using the Smoothboard software.

<iframe width=”420″ height=”315″ src=”//″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>