Google Apps for Band Directors

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The following information are items that I covered in my session at the Music for All Summer Symposium on June 25, 2015. This session covered advanced topics related to the Google Services, and in particular, Google Apps.

Flip a coin? Roll the Dice? – Just Google it!

Advanced Google Searching:
Better Searching PDF

Acquire a Google account (with a gmail account or without):
Accounts.Google.com

Youtube.com/channels
My Example (mostly Jazz)

Calendar:
Calendar.Google.com

Sync your Google Calendar (or email, contacts, etc.) with anything -EASY INSTRUCTIONS
Google.com/sync

Google Drive:
Drive.Google.com
15 Gigabytes free and Access to Google Documents

Google Drive Mobile:
For most mobile devices

Google Apps:
Forms.google.com
Docs.google.com
Sheets.google.com

The Forms/Survey/Collection Combo:
Using Google forms to collect data or responses for/from your band may be the “best thing since sliced bread”!

  • Setting up a form for information collection
  • Setting up a form data collection
    • “Show Summary of Responses” -under the form menu item

Don’t forget -APPS are GREAT, but the ADD-ONS are just RIDICULOUSLY GREAT!

Add-ons can be installed directly from each Google product by selecting the “Add-ons” menu item in each individual program. All of the installed apps can be managed and/or removed from the same “Add-ons” menu items.

Add-ons covered in this session:

  • Drive
    • Videonot.es (comment on videos)
  •  Docs
    • Clip art (add pictures to docs -searchable)
  • Spreadsheet
    • Autocrat (create form letters and mass emailings)
    • Twitter Curator (save or post about your favorite tweets)
    • Flubaroo (auto-grade assignments)
    • Doctopus (distribute assignments to your students)

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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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