2015 TMEA & TI:ME Convention Proposal

2015 Convention: February 11–14 in San Antonio, Texas

Online and Happy:

Tools/Techniques Needed To Get Started Teaching Online and Up to Speed!

 Presenter, Dr. Fred Kersten

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*Excited about the challenge of teaching online?? Public school music teachers can provide exciting online course opportunities for their students at all levels. Music technology teaching tools and techniques have become highly sophisticated and provide many wonderful opportunities to communicate with music students via the Internet.

*This presentation will examine music interaction and instruction possibilities that public school teachers creating online courses can utilize for class management and creative teaching. Among topics included will be: innovative evaluation and assignment techniques, live video conferencing with students, colleague meetings online, whiteboard interaction possibilities, and archiving of teaching sessions for student referral.

*Through illustration and demonstration of technology tools and software this session will provide valuable tools and techniques of online teaching for the beginner and experienced online instructor to get started and work at an advanced level.  Examination of new and free "In the Clouds" opportunities will be considered. Edmodo, Moodle, Soundation, Mahara, MindMeister, MOOCS, and their availability, will be covered. Webinars and development of video communications will be discussed and information provided for incorporation.   Interactive performance activities, and online music lessons that can be included as part of the music curriculum will be demonstrated. 

*Websites like noteflight, and musescore will be examined for their contributions to online teaching, as will music article reference sites such as JSTOR.  Grading templates, using the course whiteboard for interaction, synchronous communicating with students-now and in the future, plagiarism detection software, and audio submissions will be considered. Online resources for theory, composition, and performance, and music education will be illustrated.

*Multimedia assignment considerations will include interactive “voiceovers” for composition musical analysis, and tutorial instruction utilizing Camtasia, SnagIt, and similar screen saving programs. Examples of multimedia student assignments created with Keynote/Powerpoint will be illustrated.

*Interactive performance activities, and online music lessons that can be included as part of your music curriculum will be considered.

This presentation provides an examination of techniques and tools for effective online music instruction by public school music teachers. Consideration of interaction possibilities through video, audio, whiteboard, online music lessons, and Internet resources will be provided. Multimedia assignments, evaluation possibilities, and accessing of music resources for required reading will be considered.

About the Presenter

Fred Kersten in a veteran public school music teacher with many years of experience. Fred teaches online graduate music education courses as a course facilitator for Boston University.  He holds five degrees in music, music education, and school administration and has published over 57 articles and two book chapters related to music education.  He is currently involved in research concerning online application procedures and his research on this topic has recently been presented at NAMM, TMEA, and NAfME. His book, Teaching Recorder in the Music Classroom, published by NAfME, is widely distributed and is presently being revised for a second edition.