ActivBoard in the Bandroom: Arranging and Rhythm Decoding

At the end of last school year I did a lesson “on the fly” with my ActivBoard when I realized that the music we were working on needed to be re-written so the mellophones had the melody that was written in the alto sax part. Using the board, I quickly wrote out the part. Of course, you can do that on a regular white board, but the great thing about doing it on the ActivBoard was that at the end of the lesson I printed out the new part for my students so they could practice. I also saved the flipcharts I did as my lesson plan for the day (created a file on my computer with the name of the class, the date, and what we were studying). Now if the principal asked me what I taught that day, I could show him.

I had one of my students take video with my cell phone, which I then transferred to my computer and uploaded to VodPod, an online video hosting social network. Thanks to the great features in WordPress, I can share those videos with you- just click on the videos located in the sidebar (and please don’t judge me too harshly on my teaching method!) I was very nervous putting this raw footage on the internet- I guess deep down we all have our insecurities about others watching us teach!

Oh yes- another thing that took so long for this post was getting permission from my school district and working through the legal ramifications. That is a subject for another post, perhaps on Mustech.net about how we are going to come to grips with the legal issues of a free and open classroom.

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4 Responses to ActivBoard in the Bandroom: Arranging and Rhythm Decoding

  1. jameswillisisthebest says:

    This is my first post
    just saying HI

  2. tjweller says:

    Okay, so the ActivBoard questions begin from the Mercer Band. We are still somewhat in the 20th century so bear with me.
    1) You can literally save a screenshot and then print it out? I hate writing warm-ups twice (once in the plan book, once on the board). And I had no idea you could save it.

    2) How did you get or what did you use to put the staffs up there?

    3) The object you are writing with – I assume that comes with the Activboard?

    This is really intriguing me Owen. I see a lot of possibilities, but I want to make sure I have some solid understanding and plans to use it before I begin to lobby to be in the next group of classrooms that gets a “Classroom of the Future Grant”.

    Thank you for your time.

    Sincerely,

    Travis Weller

  3. Maximus says:

    I would like to see a continuation of the topic

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