Dave Mastran, Co-creator & Executive Producer of Quaver’s Marvelous World of Music & QuaverMusic.com, is back again with another edition of Music Matters!
Take it away, Dave . . .
Using Technology To Teach
It seems like every kid in America is a technology wizard these days, and we all know they spend hours and hours on their computers and mobile devices. We need to teach kids music in the medium they understand best – technology.
By doing this, we can literally bring the classroom to the kids, rather than bringing the kids to the classroom.
Technology promises to play a vital and increasing role in music education. At QuaverMusic.com, we found that many teachers do not know how to take advantage of technology in their classrooms. Because the entirety of Quaver’s Program is based on exploiting the advantages of technology in teaching music, we are committed to providing technology training to teachers. We want you to understand how to use our teaching resources effectively.
Let’s discuss the basic elements of technology teachers need to know. Later, Quaver will write about how to use specific technology resources in Quaver’s Marvelous World of Music to make your lessons much more exciting and interactive.
- DVD Player and Projector – Simple things first. Teachers need to know how to use a DVD Player and a Projector in order to show their students episodes from Quaver’s Program
- Computers/Tablets – Teachers need to know how to use a computer. Surprisingly we have found many teachers still shy away from computers. iPads and other mobile devices are quickly invading the classroom setting! Teachers need to know how to use these as well.
- Internet Use – The Internet is the gateway to www.QuaverMusic.com. Teachers need to know how to access the internet in their school and how to report problems when something goes wrong.
- Interactive Whiteboards – Teachers need to know how to set up, calibrate, and use an Interactive Whiteboard if they have one in their classroom. This takes training and isn’t as simple as you would think.
- Software Applications – Finally teachers have to learn how to use the software applications available through the internet. QuaverMusic.com is at least as sophisticated as Word or Excel and will take time to master. You can’t learn it in a day. But we will have video tutorials for you.
For Quaver to be fully successful, we are committed to making sure teachers know about technology and how to use it effectively. So you can count on help from us.