Next week, I will be heading to Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) to teach two separate courses titled, SMART Board in the Elementary Music Room Levels 1 and 2. I am excited to be returning to CCSU. CCSU is where I earned my Masters of Science in Music Education. I chose this program due to its excellent coursework and professors. I could also complete all of the coursework in six summers. Though at times I felt like it was extremely difficult to handle work and studies and that I had no break during the summer, I was so happy that I stuck with it, especially because CCSU has such a great program to offer. Their Summer Music Institute has amazing professors, offers the hot topics in music education and technology, offers a variety of courses for every educator from band, to orchestra, to general music, to vocal, to conducting, and offers courses in traditional philosophies. It was there that I began earning my Orff Certification and studied Bruce Pearson’s band methodology with Bruce Pearson.
The SMART Board courses will be covering numerous items from the basics to the intricate details of the notebook software, to the assessment software, to downloadable resources, to iPads. The main difference between the two classes is that the Level 1 class will have more hands-on time with the board because this class is intended for those who who do not have much experience with the SMART board. The educators in Level 2 will be working closely with the notebook software and becoming more aware of how to integrate this technology into their curriculum.
We will be working with a class wikispace for the week which already has wonderful resources. Though I only add those who take the class to the wikispace, please feel free to check it out here.