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On Friday, I was teaching my Music Technology class where the students present their annual findings with regard to EASY-TO-OPERATE and USABLE Web 2.0 applications. This assignment deals with them going through the site http://go2web20.net and sifting through hundreds of Web 2.0 applications to find ones that might be useful to them for their future career paths or as a student.
One of the great things that comes out of this process is an awareness of how many useful programs are available to them (most of them for free) –if they take the time to look! There was one site in particular that a student found that amazed me at its usefulness and sheer utility: http://whenisgood.net. This site is able to quickly suggest a time that “works for everybody” with little “bother”…
The basic (you don’t register) and FREE (registered) WhenIsGood accounts provide an extreme amount of functionality and you will be amazed by just how simple this “finding a good time” process is. I know that I would have used this at least six times at the beginning of the school year (all my independent studies and seminars) if I had known it existed (Instead everybody e-mailed me their schedules and we sorted through them manually…most of my students don’t put their schedules into OUTLOOK so we couldn’t use its finding features either).
To use this application you simply highlight a number of time slots for your meeting and select people to invite to the meeting via e-mail. They select times they are available from the slots and ultimately you are able to find a time that works for everyone (you can even filter out “non-essential” people). In addition, you can easily sync Whenisgood.Net with most calendar applications. Using this program is as easy as a process as I’ve ever seen. Try it out, let me know if it works for you.
If for some reason they don’t reply to your request to select a time slot(s)…Try putting a “Monkey” on their back! :)
Direct link: http://whenisgood.net
Joseph M. Pisano, Ph.D. is an industry innovator, education clinician and lecturer, trumpeter and conductor, and the creator of many education websites. He is currently the Vice President of Innovation and Engagement at Keystone Ridge Designs, Inc. After twenty-three years as a professor and administrator at Grove City College, he made the move into industry in 2018. As one of the youngest full professors in Grove City’s history, he served in various roles over his tenure including the Technical Director of the Pew Fine Arts Center, Assistant and Associate Chairs of Music and Music and Fine Arts, Director of Music and Fine Arts Technology, Director of Jazz Studies, Stage Manager, and he finished his tenure as the Director of Bands where he directed the college’s Symphonic Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, Pep Bands, and various small ensembles.
He been named a TI:ME Teacher of the Year, received the JEN Jazz Educator Award, the PA Citation of Excellence, and named a “member for life” of the PA Intercollegiate Bandmasters Association. He is a past Vice President of the Technology Institute for Music Educators, an associate member of the American Bandmasters Association, a past President of the PA Intercollegiate Bandmasters Association, and a member of various education and music honoraries. He has written for numerous publications including DCI Magazine, Teaching Music Magazine, and was the Educational Editor for In-Tune Monthly Magazine for eight years; he has contributed hundreds of articles to various publications. He is an active conductor, trumpeter, clinician, and educator. Find out more at his website jpisano.com.
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