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Idea Exchange | Overview of Online Notebooks; Evernote, Google Drive, Notability & OneNote

Presented by Jeremy Hanson, Heather VanderLey and Timothy DePrey

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 | 12:00–1:00 | Room 125


Keeping detailed lesson notes is essential for ensuring student progress from lesson to lesson and for planning short and long-term student goals. Having a record of each lesson assignment is also helpful in communicating student progress to parents. And it makes our teaching lives easier!

There are many ways to keep lesson notes organized, whether your preference is to write in a notebook or type notes via e-mail. Come learn from your peers how you can use online platforms to organize and digitize your student notebooks.

Coffee and snacks provided! 



GUEST PRESENTATION: Comparative Fiddling Workshop,

presented by Lisa Gutkin,

Grammy Award winning violinist, singer, actor, and composer

Friday, March 23, 12:00-1:30 pm, Room 127


Lisa Gutkin, who is in town for her show Indecent at the Guthrie, graciously volunteered to do a workshop for MacPhail teachers about fiddling traditions. Violin and viola teachers—bring your instruments and learn about comparative fiddling from Ms. Gutkin. Other teachers are welcome to come and observe!

Included will be information about how to hold the bow differently, how the slides vary in the styles, and how the fingers need to touch the fingerboard differently. Ms. Gutkin will share the way ornaments are used in both klezmer and Irish traditional music. She will compare the rhythms and the scales and play examples on her fiddle. She will also touch on Italian Tarantella and American fiddling. Don’t miss this amazing opportunity!

Please RSVP by replying to this email by Wednesday, March 21, so we know how many people to plan for.

More information about Lisa Gutkin can be found here.
Key Faculty Presentation | Individual & Group Teaching Demonstrations with Discussion
Presented by TBC
Friday, April 13, 2018 | 10:00–11:00 | Room 127
Tuesday, April 24, 2018 | 12:30–1:30 | Room 127

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Idea Exchange | Creating Schedules with Doodle, Acuity and Google Forms
Presented by Tech Mentors & Guests
Friday, May 4, 2018 | 1:00–2:00 | Room 106

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