Hope Everyone is Enjoying the Holiday Season….

Happy Holidays everyone!  The brick-and-mortar public school is still out of session and being disinfected due to major flu outbreak on the teachers, students, and support staff.  God bless them all.  It makes me glad that I’m blogging in my safe Lysol cleaned home with my children making noise behind me only pausing for the occasional cough and not flu.  Continue to enjoy…Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

My Favorite...Enjoy!

My Favorite…Enjoy!

4.1.3 Digital Health

When I was in Graduate School one of the first things we had to learn was to balance the internet and real life by using a calendar, an online one and written one that can be compared daily to stay offline.  Below is the sample of my last week’s online calendar.  I found this assignment by reading ahead and made my week accordingly so I could blog about implementing activities that involve me being offline. One advantage that I had was being a musician who learned about proper posture overall from performing and physically performed live on a tangible instrument that I had to practice with every day-offline.   I also learned how to manage time in 1/2 hour and 1 hour time slots to switch activities no matter what end and go do something else.  This increases productivity.  These concepts coupled with exercise, my faith, and the need to be with nature help me keep online/offline perspective.  In my experience, a notebook and pencil in a scenic location (ie: by a river or creek at a nature park) are still the best tools for writing and expressing thoughts.  I plan to encourage this subject with my students by using an online presentation about my class that is still under construction.  This copy of my calendar represents a typical week in my life.  I find time to worship, exercise and work on my instrument.  Until now I’ve worked hard not to be online so much and now I have had to chunk one hour at a time to work online without experiencing pain and being overwhelmed.  Well, this has been my hour so I end now and come back after sleep.

After sleep, when one takes time away from writing a new perspective helps to find writing errors or change course in what is written.  Another idea about a scenic location and writing tools is keeping these same tools at the bedside table.  It is surprising what ideas come about during and after sleep, for me at least.  The only way to be proactive about wellness on and off line is to manage our 24 hours and prove it with productivity, and mental/physical well-being.

4.1.2 Digital Safety/Security: My Thoughts.

As a teacher and person in the public, safety/security is vital to survival. It makes perfect sense. This is also the case in reference to the internet. I would like to refer to something I did which was Google myself.


My students will do this also. It’s like looking in the mirror online. Hopefully, they like what they see. I’m so fortunate that I only had professional music recordings and no images of myself as mentioned in the above linked previous blog. Now the only image of myself is in Twitter at a nondescript location. I mention this because there has to be balance and boundaries between privacy and the internet. While as a digital citizen we’re expected to share scholarly information we are not to share aspects of our personal life. What one should ask one’s self when presenting information online is: “If a jury of my peers or a potential employer saw my Google information or any other online information, what would they learn about me?” This is how students should think before they post anything online. This video discusses teens who didn’t ask this question before they posted and what happened as a result. They had to learn the hard way. Here is the easy way so…pay attention.


The 4.1.1 AUP Agreement/Address for My class/portfolio

I am realizing as a teacher online enforcement of the AUP is up to me and my research. It is how I define my online source parameters and manage my online classroom in reference to acceptable computer use. After reading and studying the template of successful AUP for online classrooms, it seems the easiest thing to do is for the class to only participate where I specify (online) in order to receive credit for the class assignments or be reported/expelled. For example, I pick and produce my own digital online community that pertains to relevant subject matter in my class. From my observation this is what Edublog does when one chooses the option “create a class.” There are also parameters of the establishment such as the blog, community, company, or online school in the internet itself that needs to be provided. Of course, I have to follow up and monitor blogs to make sure that students are behaving correctly as digital citizens. Another parameter has to do with Fair Use/Copyright Laws, and Plagiarism Laws again pertaining to digital citizenship as a researcher. They must be observed and the only way to do that is my own research into my students’ submitted work and keep records when they log in or not which seems like keeping attendance. Too many times students will not cite sources when paraphrasing others’ written ideas. A nice AUP template may be found in the public school AUP’s. It’s like the scarecrow who thought he needed a brain..but all he had to do was pause, and think about it. Then he found out, everything he needed to enforce/teach appropriate online citizenship was right in this head the whole time. =)

My Google Digital Footprint/My Walk Down Memory Lane

In graduate school, I did perform and tour as a clarinetist.  Here is some music that I performed with other professors and colleagues.  This tour was so much fun.  I enjoyed this challenge my self Google because I believe (in spite of the lack of comments) in these links that I left a positive digital footprint and it was great to find it.  At the time, I was Annette Machetta.  My performing has not changed but my name has to Wilson because of my wonderful husband, Jim.  What I’m thankful for is there are no images of me just the sound of the music I helped to produce.

My Experience of Scholarly Research on the Internet


online download

In my past anytime I did research on the internet I always (can’t stress this enough) have hard copy evidence to support it which include the original author and other authors that support their point of view or refute it and why.  One should never depend only on something read on the internet.  If one can’t get the information the source can be cited as quoted in the other type of source.  Thankfully there is such a thing as inter-library loan for books or microfiche.  Too many times students experience trouble defending research because they did not take the extra time to do this.  This having been said, looking at these exploration resources and reviewing these sites have added another weapon in my arsenal to research a topic and I love this.  The image on the left is a online download needed for my dissertation from 2009 which is page 2 of Bassett, Leslie. Trio for Clarinet, Viola, and Piano (1980.)  Excerpts (or sections) were quoted in Annette Wilson.  A Study Of Leslie Bassett’s Compositional Style Through An Analysis Of The Trio For Violin, Clarinet, And Piano (1980), DMA diss. University of Iowa, 2009 (this source is presented with the most humility and love by the way because it is truly an honor to give back to the research community, including Dr. Bassett, whom I’ve grown to love.)   I obtained this download (left) from the Library of Congress downloadable Sheet Music, a known reputable site; however, I also have the same copy published by Alfred Publishing Company, and in Professor Bassett’s manuscript (personally sent to me from his home in GA)  so I know without a doubt this download is authentic.  I present this scenario to provide an example of the kind of research that is required to be scholarly in any field.  Online, I have learned this kind of research can be done on the web page with the DSN (the unseen dot to trace sites,, the URL (ie: .com,.gov,.mil, and others seen in wikipedia ), the author, the currency, the sponsor, the sponsor of the page, the objectivity, the coverage (I still believe in hard copies) but now I know I can find extra coverage online with all of the evaluation information that I discovered in this quest.  Now the matter of citing online sources.  I can refer to the Chicago/Turabian Manual of Style  (I still have the book); however, here is the well researched site referring to this book which includes how to cite web pages, online articles, online books, and online journals.  So far I’m using Diigo (refer to my Wikipedia link in this post) to annotate and store and my link section for Edublog to bookmark my sites.  There are more videos on UTube as well.  As I said, this exposure to these new ideas is exciting, I love/support the concepts of online research and media literacy.  Really,  the only question or concern that I have (to sort of be the “devil’s advocate”) is what will happen when we stop printing materials and something bad happens to the internet? Hopefully there’s a “hard” copy somewhere.


My Vision for the Ideal Music Digital Learning Community

Chopin manuscript

Chopin manuscript

A Frederic Chopin (1810-1849) piano manuscript is presented above as one of his most ideal forms of communication to his music community for his time.   Every composer and  historian had their version of their best communication of musical ideas to the music community which may also be known as their colleagues, mentors, and confidantes.  Today, like then, we do the same thing through the use of technology.  My vision for the ideal music digital learning community is having a place for a springboard toward music research, accessing other digital music communities and creating our own peaceful place to research, present, and appreciate music.

In a sense, we must give back by using research to present such a vision.  In this blog, I plan to present information about music digital learning communities, web sites, and what they do to feed our need for music appreciation on a personal and professional level. One of the bigger articles of research is presented in 47 sites that every recording musician should visit .  This article is an amazing wealth of information regarding music theory, production, recording, and making of digital music with images and descriptions.  Other music digital learning communities also include: NetSounds, InGrooves, Open Study for Music, Pono Music, and Beatport.

Characteristics of these sites are focused on the music profession.  Net Sounds focuses on industry and education of music which is the one I like for that combination.  The InGrooves and Pono Music (with Neil Young) helps independent artists to get their music into the mainstream.  I would like this concept combined with Net Sounds.  Net Sounds makes a great attempt with music industry and education which is why I put these together as part of my vision of the music DLC.  The Open Study for Music allows all of us to get together and discuss/ask questions about the art of making and appreciating music.  This is the vision for my music DLC which is to have as much information pertaining to all aspects of music on a very small space to make it revelant in my world and accessible to others to enjoy in theirs. This Steve Aoki video says it best.



My 5 Social Bookmarking sites and why I chose them for education

Which social bookmarking site is right for you? This blog presents the following links:  Pinterest, Delicious, Reddit, StumbleUpon and Scoop.it. for Non-Profit use.

This is my personal side note that while Nonprofit organizations use these sites that teachers may use these also to drive people to explore their content and further facilitate education. Reddit  is specific and kind of difficult to follow rules if the content isn’t their definition of “interesting.” StumbleUpon , and Scoop.it allow some flexibility while keeping records of searches in order to find unique content for Music Education/Appreciation.   Delicious  has  educational merit so one can explore topics further.   Pinterest  has the picture pin-up idea to it for more visual learners which can become very effective in the classroom especially for music images.

A very helpful and informative site is www.accrinet.com to further explore these social bookmarking sites. 

I enjoyed Diigo for the organization and the ease in navigating.  This is the one that I plan to use because I like all the categories and the option to publish things over to my blog here.   Another site is Kippt  that I’m looking at for further consideration in the future.  While there are many searches for top sites it’s up to the person to decide their best site.  I joined Diigo for now but not before joining Reddit which was not a good fit.  The best advice I can give is to try for awhile and if it’s not comfortable make the change, don’t hesitate.