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Music Teacher 
2.0: 
Managing Your Program in the Digital 
Age 
Andrew M. Zweibel 
Director of Bands, South Dade Senior HS...
Before We Begin... 
Session Materials: 
http://andyzweibel.com/midwest14 
Handouts: QR Code 
Audio Recording - Available A...
QR Code
Before We Begin... 
Session Materials: 
http://andyzweibel.com/midwest14 
Handouts: QR Code 
Audio Recording - Available A...
What ARE 
We??
http://www.tonedeafstore.com/products/the-many-hats-of-a-band- 
director
Why Bother? 
Why bother bringing my program into the “digital age?” I stay 
organized just fine using a pen and paper... 
...
Categories of Tools 
Communication - Ways to reach students, 
parents, administration, and community 
Organization - Ways ...
For Each Tool... 
What does it do? 
(Why should I use it?) 
How does it work? 
Use Case (How do 
I use it?)
Communication 
Communicate better with students, parents, 
administrators, and the community: 
Wordpress 
Facebook 
Twitte...
WordPress - What 
Does it Do? 
Website-Building Platform 
Your Program Needs a 
Website! 
Advocacy 
Communication 
Recruit...
WordPress - How 
Does it Work? 
Blogging Platform - Allows for more 
flexibility 
Static Pages: About, Director, Contact 
...
WordPress - 
Use Cases 
DEMO - http://southdadeband.net
Facebook-What 
Does it Do? Connect with the 
kids where they 
are 
Remember... 
digital natives vs. 
digital 
immigrants! ...
Facebook-How Does 
it Work? 
Fan Page - Public brand page that users can “like” 
Community and Alumni Relations - News 
Pu...
Facebook - Use 
Cases 
DEMO - 
http://facebook.com/southdadeban 
d
A Few Facebook 
Pointers...* 
Don’t friend the kids - you don’t need to! 
If you create a group, friend your most 
trustwo...
Twitter - What Does 
it Do? 
Much faster 
connections - short 
updates 
Best for keeping 
students/family 
informed quickl...
Twitter - How Does 
it Work? 
Send 140-character “Tweets” for public 
consumption 
Anyone can follow you - no approval 
ne...
Twitter - Use 
Cases
Google Voice-What 
SDepoaraetes P hiotn eD Nuomb?er 
- Same Phone! 
School Life vs. Personal 
Life 
Texting from 
smartpho...
Google Voice-How 
Does it Work? 
Claim Your Number (Be Creative!) 
(XXX) MR-SMITH might be available! 
Link to your curren...
Google Voice - Use 
Cases 
“Do Not Disturb” Time 
Texting Students - Everything is Archived! * 
Different Voicemail Greeti...
Remind-What Does it 
Do? 
Send text “blasts” to 
large groups of 
students 
They don’t have access 
to your number 
You do...
Remind-How Does it 
Work? 
Sign up for a teacher account 
Create your “classes” 
Ensembles, Sub-Groups (leadership, 
guard...
Remind - Use 
Cases 
Band Trips 
Last-minute reminders or changes 
Plan for the Week 
Learning opportunities
Organization 
Spend less time on paperwork/filing, more 
time on TEACHING! 
Charms 
Google Drive 
Dropbox 
Evernote
Charms 
What does it do? 
All-in-one: Finances, Inventory, Library, 
Communication, Grades, Playing Tests, 
Calendar, Stor...
Google Drive-What 
Does it Do? 
Formerly “Google Docs” 
Online File 
Storage/Collaboration in 
“the cloud” 
Group Editing ...
Google Drive - Use 
Cases 
Budget - 
Accessible 
Anywhere! 
Music Library - 
Librarians don’t 
need your log-in or 
your d...
Absence 
Request Form
Dropbox - What 
Does it Do? 
Secure File 
Storage (Cloud) 
Sync Between 
Devices 
Easy-to-use 
Interface 
Mobile Apps 
Sha...
Dropbox - How 
Does it Work? 
Create a free account (andyzweibel.com/db) *Affiliate Link 
Install Dropbox on home computer...
Dropbox - Use 
Cases 
For Yourself: 
Lesson 
Plans/Resources 
Presentations/Pr 
ojects 
YouTube Videos 
(keepvid.com) 
For...
Evernote - What 
Does it Do? 
“Remember Everything” 
Electronic Notebook 
Handwritten notes 
Typed Notes 
File Attachments...
Evernote - What 
Does it Do? 
Syncs to cloud and 
all your devices 
Unlimited space! 
(limited monthly 
upload) 
Sharing F...
Evernote - How 
Does it Work? 
Create notes within notebooks 
“Capture” anything you might need! 
Search capability (by: n...
Evernote Use Cases - Capture 
EVERYTHING! 
Purchase Orders 
Booster Meeting Notes 
Lesson Plans/Resources/Notes for each c...
Evernote Demo
In Conclusion 
Communication 
and 
Organization 
HELP ENHANCE 
Education
In Conclusion 
More Time: 
In Classroom 
Teaching 
Planning 
Being a 
TEACHER 
Less Time: 
In Office 
Filing 
Emailing 
Be...
Questions? 
Andrew M. Zweibel 
Director of Bands, South Dade Senior High 
School 
http://andyzweibel.com/midwest14 
azweib...
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Presentation from the 2014 Midwest Clinic in Chicago, IL on December 19, 2014. Presenter was Andrew Zweibel.

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Music Teacher 2.0: Managing Your Program in the Digital Age

  1. 1. Music Teacher 2.0: Managing Your Program in the Digital Age Andrew M. Zweibel Director of Bands, South Dade Senior HS Homestead, FL
  2. 2. Before We Begin... Session Materials: http://andyzweibel.com/midwest14 Handouts: QR Code Audio Recording - Available Afterwards On Twitter? Use #midwest or #midwest14 to post thoughts Questions? Ask away!
  3. 3. QR Code
  4. 4. Before We Begin... Session Materials: http://andyzweibel.com/midwest14 Handouts: QR Code Audio Recording - Available Afterwards Evernote Shared Notebook Link On Twitter? Use #midwest or #midwest14 to post thoughts Questions? Ask away!
  5. 5. What ARE We??
  6. 6. http://www.tonedeafstore.com/products/the-many-hats-of-a-band- director
  7. 7. Why Bother? Why bother bringing my program into the “digital age?” I stay organized just fine using a pen and paper... 1. Enhanced Speed and Productivity 2. Digital Natives vs. Digital Immigrants 3. Easy Advocacy to Administration
  8. 8. Categories of Tools Communication - Ways to reach students, parents, administration, and community Organization - Ways to help your program run smoothly REMEMBER: These are both still forms of Education - they help you focus on teaching your students!
  9. 9. For Each Tool... What does it do? (Why should I use it?) How does it work? Use Case (How do I use it?)
  10. 10. Communication Communicate better with students, parents, administrators, and the community: Wordpress Facebook Twitter Google Voice Remind (Remind 101)
  11. 11. WordPress - What Does it Do? Website-Building Platform Your Program Needs a Website! Advocacy Communication Recruitment Log Achievements
  12. 12. WordPress - How Does it Work? Blogging Platform - Allows for more flexibility Static Pages: About, Director, Contact “Blog” - Updates/Announcements Media - Pictures/Video Log-in or Password Access - Post material just for students
  13. 13. WordPress - Use Cases DEMO - http://southdadeband.net
  14. 14. Facebook-What Does it Do? Connect with the kids where they are Remember... digital natives vs. digital immigrants! Connect with alumni and the community
  15. 15. Facebook-How Does it Work? Fan Page - Public brand page that users can “like” Community and Alumni Relations - News Publicity Create “Events” for concerts/fundraisers Photo Albums Group - Private page for specific members Communication within the program (reminders, etc.)
  16. 16. Facebook - Use Cases DEMO - http://facebook.com/southdadeban d
  17. 17. A Few Facebook Pointers...* Don’t friend the kids - you don’t need to! If you create a group, friend your most trustworthy student, add them to the group, immediately unfriend them, and have them add their peers Stay professional (avoid “lol,” “k,” etc.) Use Facebook features (“like” their comments, tag people, etc.) to show them I am NOtThaa tl aywoyuer !know what you’re doing!
  18. 18. Twitter - What Does it Do? Much faster connections - short updates Best for keeping students/family informed quickly Tweets with Text, Pictures, Links
  19. 19. Twitter - How Does it Work? Send 140-character “Tweets” for public consumption Anyone can follow you - no approval necessary Unless account is “Private” - Don’t do it! @Replies, Retweets (Forwarded Tweet), #Hashtags
  20. 20. Twitter - Use Cases
  21. 21. Google Voice-What SDepoaraetes P hiotn eD Nuomb?er - Same Phone! School Life vs. Personal Life Texting from smartphones (archived - CYA!) Custom Voicemail Greetings Visual Voicemail (Transcripts!) Call Screening
  22. 22. Google Voice-How Does it Work? Claim Your Number (Be Creative!) (XXX) MR-SMITH might be available! Link to your current phone number Download the app Distribute your new number to students/parents
  23. 23. Google Voice - Use Cases “Do Not Disturb” Time Texting Students - Everything is Archived! * Different Voicemail Greetings Students/Parents Friends/Family * I am NOT a lawyer!
  24. 24. Remind-What Does it Do? Send text “blasts” to large groups of students They don’t have access to your number You don’t have access to their number Send links, images, and schedule texts for future dates/times
  25. 25. Remind-How Does it Work? Sign up for a teacher account Create your “classes” Ensembles, Sub-Groups (leadership, guard, brass, etc.) Give them the “join code” Join by text message or free app Message away!
  26. 26. Remind - Use Cases Band Trips Last-minute reminders or changes Plan for the Week Learning opportunities
  27. 27. Organization Spend less time on paperwork/filing, more time on TEACHING! Charms Google Drive Dropbox Evernote
  28. 28. Charms What does it do? All-in-one: Finances, Inventory, Library, Communication, Grades, Playing Tests, Calendar, Store……. etc. Pro: Everything in One Place Con: $$$ Use it if you can afford it - a great resource!
  29. 29. Google Drive-What Does it Do? Formerly “Google Docs” Online File Storage/Collaboration in “the cloud” Group Editing of Documents Word Processing Spreadsheets (Forms) Presentations Drawings
  30. 30. Google Drive - Use Cases Budget - Accessible Anywhere! Music Library - Librarians don’t need your log-in or your desk Absence Request Form:
  31. 31. Absence Request Form
  32. 32. Dropbox - What Does it Do? Secure File Storage (Cloud) Sync Between Devices Easy-to-use Interface Mobile Apps Sharing!
  33. 33. Dropbox - How Does it Work? Create a free account (andyzweibel.com/db) *Affiliate Link Install Dropbox on home computer Install Dropbox on work computer(s) Use dropbox.com if your IT person won’t install! Download the app Files sync between devices immediately Easy Sharing - click on folder and share link publicly or by email address
  34. 34. Dropbox - Use Cases For Yourself: Lesson Plans/Resources Presentations/Pr ojects YouTube Videos (keepvid.com) For Sharing: Show Recordings Judge Tapes Separate Account for Band Librarians: Digital Music Drill
  35. 35. Evernote - What Does it Do? “Remember Everything” Electronic Notebook Handwritten notes Typed Notes File Attachments Web Content Voice Memos Images (with annotation)
  36. 36. Evernote - What Does it Do? Syncs to cloud and all your devices Unlimited space! (limited monthly upload) Sharing Features (some limits for free users)
  37. 37. Evernote - How Does it Work? Create notes within notebooks “Capture” anything you might need! Search capability (by: notebook, tag, created date, updated date, attachment type, attachment size, etc...) Image Recognition - Searchable text (premium - .pdf too!) Share Notebooks to work in groups
  38. 38. Evernote Use Cases - Capture EVERYTHING! Purchase Orders Booster Meeting Notes Lesson Plans/Resources/Notes for each class Frequent Information (Extension List, Account #’s, Course Codes) Master To-Do List (remember... synced to ALL devices!) Shared Notebook Rehearsal Plans, Mock Judge Tapes (Voice Memo), Score Sheets, etc.
  39. 39. Evernote Demo
  40. 40. In Conclusion Communication and Organization HELP ENHANCE Education
  41. 41. In Conclusion More Time: In Classroom Teaching Planning Being a TEACHER Less Time: In Office Filing Emailing Being...
  42. 42. Questions? Andrew M. Zweibel Director of Bands, South Dade Senior High School http://andyzweibel.com/midwest14 azweibel@dadeschools.net @Zweibz7 on Twitter

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