Summer Technology Workshop Schedule

9:00 – 10:00

  • Melissa Stouffer, “Teachers Pay Teachers: Start Your Own Store”

    For the tech savvy teacher, starting your own TpT store can be a fun and exciting journey (and a way to snag a little bit of extra coffee money!) Learn the basics of setting up a store to make some money off things you are already creating for your classroom!

  • Craig Brann, “Discover More Interactivity In Your SMART Board”

    Explore how to use object animation (i.e. fade, fly in, etc.), inserting art and sound clips, using Activity Builder and finding interactive templates.  A lesson on the Orchestra Instrument Families will be used as an example. Some prior Smartboard Experience will be helpful.  Download the free Smartboard Version 11.4 found at the bottom of this webpage:

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10:10 – 11:10

  • Ian Boynton, “Choose Your Own Adventure:  Using GarageBand to Explore Musical Concepts”

    Using the smart instrument options in GarageBand for iOS you can provide for your students a template to explore how small changes in musical elements can effect the greater whole.  This session will explore how to set up, and use these kinds of files with your students.

  • Ken Smith, “Improving Online Video for Students and Teachers”

    Sharing video over a smartphone or tablet has never been easier, but often the video is amateurish and doesn’t engage its audience. A few simple techniques for planning scenes can greatly improve the quality and effective communication of video used by teachers and students. We will look at the steps for planning effective video that needs limited editing, and examine how to quickly share that video with your targeted student audience.

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11:20 – 12:20

Panel Discussion, Question and Answer 

12:20 – 1:00

Lunch (on your own)

1:00 – 2:00

  • Denise Gulliver-Lewis, “QR for Assessment and Fun”

    This session will demonstrate several ways QR codes can be used in K-2 music classrooms for fun activities and assessments. Materials for several sample assessments and activities will be shared for attendees to use in their own classrooms.  Attendees should download a QR code reader app on their tablet or smart phone prior to this session.

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  • Ken Smith, “Composing Music and Computer Coding: Making the Connections”

    Algorave is a new kind of electronic dance music that is generated in real-time using software coding principles. We will explore the constructivist principles that composing music and coding software have in common, and we will discuss why this is of any value to music educators under our current school curriculums. We will explore the open source software, SonicPi, developed by Sam Aaron and consider how collaboration with science and technology teachers will assist our students to become better composers, programmers, and creative thinkers. This session will include hands-on instruction with the open source software Sonic Pi. Attendees are asked to download the installer prior to the session at

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2:10 – 3:10

  • Holly Olszewski, “Up close and Personal; the MAEIA Website”

    Participants will learn how register, choose and use an assessment in the classroom.  Topics covered will also include, how to record student performances, how to use assessments to show student growth, and how to use the MAEIA assessments to build a curriculum. Time will be given to explore and ask questions as well as work in small groups.

  • Amanda Burdette, “Using Google Classroom for Assessments”

    Learn how to use Google Classroom to take playing assessments out of the classroom and provide meaningful feedback. Please come to this session with a Gmail e-mail address.

**All sessions will be held in the CS Mott Academic Center

(corner of College and East Streets)