As any of you that know me know… I love the usefulness and efficiency of my iPhone…. I even develop iPhone apps (A.P.S. MusicMaster). I’m usually the one dispensing iPhone and cool app tips, but at events like the state and national conferences, I often learn a few new tricks and find “hidden gems” from the various experts and enthusiasts in attendance -this year’s State Music Conference in PA (PMEA) was not a disappointment.
The first TIP I learned about at the conference was one that, FRANKLY, I’m amazed I missed (or didn’t even think to try):
1. Add a folder to your iPhone dock for quick access to more apps
Piece of cake: just make room for an icon on the iPhone dock and drag a folder into the newly created space… yep, that quick and that simple!
2. Prowl: Send messages and links to your iPhone via any computer using the iPhone Notification System
A former student of mine from Grove City, Aaron Biller, gave me the idea for this by showing me how he was using the Google “Chrome to Phone” extension with his Android. By using the Prowl app, anyone can quickly send URLs, images from within web pages, and even messages to their iDevices using either FireFox or Chrome.
This app will come in handy when I’m working on my desktop/laptop and need to quickly send an item to my iPhone for later use. If a phone number is sent, all you have to do is click on it to call. Pretty neat.
I do have to state that it’s a little tricky to setup, but it’s worth it!
3. iClickr: Control your PowerPoint presentation from your iPhone and preview your slides on it
This one comes from one of my current Senior Music Education Majors, Andy Ritenour who presented at the conference.
Here are some of the COOL and USEFUL features of this awesome little app:
- Complete control of your PowerPoint slides including animations
- Help you track your presentation time
- Make and show annotations directly on your iPhone/iPod/iPad
- Alert you with silent buzz before your time runs out
- View your slides and your slide notes on your iPhone
I downloaded it as soon as he showed it to me and will be using it at my next clinic!
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Joseph M. Pisano, Ph.D., is an industry innovator, educator, clinician and lecturer, trumpeter and conductor, and the creator of many music and 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 in higher education, he made the move into industry in 2018.
As one of the youngest full professors in Grove City’s history, he served in many capacities during his tenure including Professor of music, Director of Music and Fine Arts Technology, Technical Director of the Pew Fine Arts Center, Associate/Assistant Chair of Music and Fine Arts, Director of Jazz Studies.
He finished his tenure at the college as the Director of Bands, where he directed the college’s Symphonic Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, Pep Band, and various smaller ensembles. He continues to guest direct bands, consult with music programs, and adjudicate ensembles and programs today.
He has 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, SBO, 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.