A Note from Quaver: Collaboration and What’s Cooking at Quaver HQ!

by Abby @ Quaver on March 12, 2012

in At Quaver HQ,In the Quaver Classroom!,Quaver's Notes

This week’s Note from Quaver gives us a sneak peek into what our fearless leader is working on day in and day out at Quaver HQ!



There’s tons of exciting stuff happening in the world of Quaver. We’re just around the corner from releasing some very significant new elements for our website- which I’m sure you’re going to love!  It will take days for you to see it all.

The applications I have been working on most are our Interactive Whiteboard (IWB) Composer Boards. Each board is based on a famous composer and there are 4 being released in the next few days: Beethoven, Vivaldi, Tchaikovsky and Debussy.

Each unique Composer Board contains:

  • A silly song about the composer to help the students remember them, plus karaoke words so they can sing along!
  • A talking bust of the composer – complete with moving eyes and jaw!
  • A map indicating where the composer was born
  • Pop-up information about the composer’s life
  • Music written by the composer to listen to while exploring the Composer’s Board
  • And an interactive quiz for students to answer for assessment and a prize!

These Composer Boards are a great example of teacher-led resources. One of our Quaver teachers – Jim Meske from Illinois, sent me an example of Beethoven resources he created for the SMART Board and asked if we could make some like it for his classes, but in the ‘Quaver style’.  We used Jim’s ideas as the template for our Quaver Composer Boards, and voila!

This is one of the most exciting parts of our work at Quaver HQ: Collaborating with teachers! We love hearing from teachers across the country, taking their ideas and trying to create a 21st century resource that really works in the classroom and is as useful as can be for teachers.

So with that in mind:

What do you want to see coming out of Quaver HQ?

Are there resources we haven’t created yet that you want us to produce?

Please let us know!  Of course, we’ve spent years creating this program and have thought about all sorts of things, but we’re not sitting in your classroom!  Although we cannot do everything at the same time we want to produce resources that kids love and teachers feel proud of . . . so get thinking!


{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Cindy Austin March 15, 2012 at 5:27 pm

Awesome ideas! How about taking Jim’s idea and making it a student driven (independent study) unit? I often will have one child who cannot participate due religious or health issues. It would be fantastic to have a unit of study that I could assign to that student instead of just leaving them out of an activity. Maybe they could even print a certificate of completion once the unit has been finished so I have tangible proof of their work? This could also become an amazing idea for centers in a classroom or lab or even for an extra credit project. You could use Jim’s composer idea or make units for different musical genre and instrument families!


2 Abby @ Quaver March 15, 2012 at 7:50 pm

Thanks for your feedback Cindy!! Great ideas as usual from Ferguson Elementary!


3 will March 23, 2012 at 3:06 pm

mate do you have a twitter?


4 Abby @ Quaver March 24, 2012 at 9:00 am

You can find the Quaver team on twitter at @QuaverMusic and Quaver himself tweeting from @QuaverSays!


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