OSU 2011 Technology Session Information

Thanks for attending my sessions!  It was a lot of fun and I hope you took away some things that you can use.  Just remember that you probably won’t do everything I demonstrated right away.  It takes time and planning, but will be worth it in the end.

Please let me know if I missed anything!  Thanks!  ;-)

Note:  I’ve moved the content to static web pages and have provided links to them below.


The following information covers topics we didn’t have enough time to get to.

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 Free and easy websites/blogs:

On your site you can post:

  • Static information such as class policies
  • Newsletters (via email too)
  • Links to pertinent information
  • Multimedia (yours or others)

Business Cards

Make business cards for yourself and your orchestra program.

  • Shows that you are a PROFESSIONAL
  • Reminders for parents & students
  • Networking
  • Promotion
  • “Sell” your program

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Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns!!

2011 OSU Midwest String Teacher Workshop Technology Sessions

Presented by Charles Laux

Monday 4:30 – 5:15 PM
Automate and motivate 21st century string players with technology
This session will demonstrate ways that you will be able to get off of the podium and into your orchestra to really see what’s really going on. At the same time you will maximize rehearsal time and motivate students to practice. Specific programs to be discussed are Garageband and SmartMusic.

Tuesday 4:30 – 5:15 PM
The Or-TECH-stra program
This session will show the many ways in which you can use technology in your orchestra program to capture student performances, provide assessment, and maintain a record of student progress throughout their middle school and high school careers.

Wednesday 12:15 – 1:00 PM
Using the web to extend learning beyond the classroom
This session will show you how you can use the web to enrich your orchestra program. Specifically, you will see how technologies such as internet videoconferencing can provide enrichment experiences for students that otherwise might be impossible.

Thursday 4:30 – 5:15 PM
Using iApps in the orchestra classroom or private studio
This session will demonstrate several free and inexpensive iPod touch/iPhone/iPad apps that can be used in the classroom to help teach and reinforce important musical concepts. Topics such as matching pitch, ear training, rhythmic will be covered. A variety of teaching strategies will be introduced that will help accommodate different types of learners (visual, kinesthetic, etc.) and show how students can work collaboratively to learn these skills. Bring your iDevice!

GENERAL SESSION – Thursday, 3:35-4:20 PM
Use web technology to assist with administrative tasks
Come learn how to use a variety of technology tools to help with administrative tasks such as data collection and management, communication, promotion, and organization.

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