Alongside all the fun at TMEA in San Antonio, tech-savvy teachers also gathered to learn and share with one another in the Technology Institute for Music Educators (TI:ME).
Catie Dwinal – a regular face around the Quaver Blog for her Web Quest and Lesson Planning greatness – got the opportunity to present at TI:ME, and is nice enough to share her thoughts on her first conference presentation and sharing Quaver with a new audience today . . .
Coffee in one hand, computer in the other, and a stomach full of butterflies.
Who knew that a 3rd year teacher had the courage to present at a national conference?
It was one of the most nerve-wracking experiences of my life with so many details to hash out and many sleepless nights. I presented two sessions at the TI:ME pre-conference day, and couldn’t help but talk about Quaver in both of them!
- The first session was all about Recording, Mixing, and Composing with Elementary students.I included student work and project examples of our Silly Rap Rhythms with Quaver, as well as the equipment I am grateful to use in my classroom.
- The second presentation with Amy Burns was about Enhancing the Elementary Music Classroom with Technology.This one discussed top technology resources which, for me again, featured the Quaver Music Program.
I talked so much about Quaver, that I got a lot of questions from teachers in the audience who weren’t familiar with the program yet. Once I finished sharing about this ever-growing collection of resources for the everyday music classroom, they weren’t surprised to hear that it’s being used in over 1,000 schools across the nation.
My presentation was proof that the Quaver creators never overlook the power of a teacher’s opinion.
This was prevalent even looking at the Quaver booth in the exhibit hall. Every time I stopped by the booth, there was at least one active teacher ready and willing to talk about the program from their perspective. When talking to members of the Quaver team, I am always reminded that their goal is to make our everyday teaching lives a little bit better. Being such a young teacher, I find myself fighting to be heard every single day in the schools. With the Quaver crew my voice is heard, and it feels good to share my opinion and know I am being listened to.
In both of my presentations, I spoke highly of the free technology resources at QuaverMusic.com.
They collection of tools they have created and made available tops anything else I try to find. Once you get sucked into the world of Quaver programming, it’s hard to stop.
I told my audience of teachers that whether you build your whole class around Quaver content, or spend just 5 minutes working on an interactive whiteboard activity, it is easy to incorporate Quaver into your everyday routine. I’ve spent tons of class time using portions of QuaverMusic.com for simple activities like these:
- teaching students how to keep a steady rock beat on rhythm sticks using QBackbeat
- creating background music in QGrooves for original student songs
- using QComposer to write our own xylophone music
- and many, many more!
The overwhelming depth and number of Quaver resources can sometimes feel overwhelming, but with the friendly customer support and Qmunity of other Quaver teachers, Quaver opens a world of possibilities with all the resources you need under one marvelous, musical roof.