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Hotlist

A hotlist is a useful tool for web-based learning in the classroom. You can use a website such as filamentality to create a hotlist. You can create a specific category for your hotlist and add related weblinks to the site. From there, you can write additional notes, categorize the weblinks, and customize the colours for the webpage. You can then give your hotlist link to students and use it for a variety of classroom assignments. It is a useful tool to guide your students in their research and get them focused on a particular subject area. Hotlists also allow you to better control the websites that your students are visiting, while conserving class time that might have otherwise been spent surfing the web.

There are many ways you can incorporate hotlists into your lesson plan. For example, use it to introduce a new topic, have students watch a group of videos and have group discussion afterwards, or have students use the hotlist and then create a powerpoint presentation about information they find. There are many different options, which is why the hotlist is a very useful tool.

To see an example of a hotlist I created using filamentality, click the following link: Eartraining.

I created this Eartraining hotlist for a grade 10 band class. Refer to aural skills on evergreen curriculum for a reference to the curriculum content I am addressing with my hotlist. According to the curriculum, aural skills are important to the development of any musician. This hotlist provides students with an introduction to ear training exercises. As time is usually limited in a music classroom, the best approach for this hotlist would be to have students access the websites outside of class time and give them the option of using the links as a tool to train their ears before a scheduled eartraining exam. The hotlist provides several options for training the ear, including interactive games.

This hotlist would provide a great learning opportunity for students. Not only is training the ear a valuable skill for all musicians, but it is encouraging students to explore what current technology has to offer. An online ear-training program is especially useful for students who do not have a piano at home to practice with or cannot play the piano very well. The activities also reach out to each type of learning style (kinesthetic, auditory, and visual) as well as the multiple intelligences. Furthermore, the hotlist may help music students realize what kinds of resources are available to them, so that they can use them in the future.

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