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Title: Simplifying the Conductors Lifestyle


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Simplifying the Conductors Lifestyle
  • Making Technology Work For You

Dr. Philip L. Copeland July 1, 2005 Alabama ACDA
State Convention Birmingham, Alabama
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Our Busy Lives
  • Our jobs are complicated
  • More than one complicated job
  • Organize tours
  • Family Responsibilities
  • A Social Life?

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My Story
  • Director of Choral Activities, The University of
    Alabama at Birmingham
  • Director of Music Ministry, South Highland
    Presbyterian Church
  • Husband to Leigh

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A New Life
Caroline
Catherine
Claire
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We all lead busy lives!
  • How can technology make our lives easier?

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Purpose of this Session
  • Use technology to
  • Simplify your life
  • Give you new ways of working
  • Aid choral profession
  • Enrich your teaching

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Disclaimers!
  • I am not a role model for either organization or
    efficiency
  • I am no technological guru

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Some Philosophical Beginnings
  • Either your head is the place to hold something
    or it's not
  • Use an organizational system that is superior to
    your mind

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Future Definition of Literacy
  • In the coming century, the ability to identify,
    access, apply and create information will be the
    equivalent of literacy.
  • --Bailey/Lumley (1999)

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Using a System Superior to your Mind
Tools to Manage Ourselves The Personal Digital
Assistant
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Standard Information
Calendar
Contacts
Task List
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  • Its not just the information that you take with
    you that is important . . .
  • there are many times when you need to securely
    record information where you are.

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Creating information text input options
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Making the most of email
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Using email effectively
  • Millions of people use email but most dont use
    it effectively.
  • Microsoft Outlook and the Pocket PC allow you to
    convert email to contacts, tasks, and
    appointments.

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Creating appointments, contacts, and tasks from
email
Make contacts
Make appointments
Make tasks
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The beauty of synchronization
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In My Opinion The Top PDA Features
  • PIM features Calendar, Contacts, Task list,
    Notes, Calculator
  • Instant On
  • Portability of important information
  • Text input options
  • Seamless integration with MS Outlook

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Web Sites Good for What?
  • Documents and information
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Teaching Aids and Materials
  • Textual and Musical tools for choir

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Frequently Needed Information
  • Common Creations
  • Class Syllabus
  • Professional Biography
  • Handbooks
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Directions to my office
  • Audition Information
  • Specifics of Auditions

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Online learning Text and Diction
  • Poetry
  • Write out the text in poetic form
  • Links to author of texts
  • Find discussions about the poetry online
  • Language
  • Translation of foreign language
  • Diction modules find or create mp3 files of
    text said correctly

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Creating Diction Modules
  • WavePad (free!)
  • Microphone (6.99)
  • Plug in Microphone
  • Hit record
  • And record the text
  • Placing spaces after certain words is very easy

This is the Record button!
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Benefits of Diction Modules
  • Easy to create
  • Easy to distribute (via web page or email)
  • Removes fear of performing works in a foreign
    language
  • Opens new worlds of literature for you
  • Placing it online benefits the entire choral
    profession

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Online learning Musical Needs
  • Page linking you to individual music
  • Score markings
  • Link to midi files already on web (Silvis
    Woodshed)
  • Link to mp3 performances of choral work
  • Link to where recordings of music can be
    purchased

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Blogging Basics
  • Blog Weblog, or personal journal
  • Why are they important
  • Immediate publishing of ideas
  • Dynamic and interactive medium
  • Active participant rather than passive consumer
  • Its quite often free and very accessible

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Anatomy of a blog http//uabchoirs.blogspot.com/
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Blogging Benefits for Choirs
  • Exciting medium of communication
  • Effective means of giving rehearsal feedback
  • Feedback on performances
  • Elicit student comments
  • Communicate praise or important news from others
  • Communicate other info passports, dress
    choices, performance directions

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More benefits
  • Feature choir members achievements
  • Congratulate other ensembles
  • Opinion gathering device
  • Share incidents not having to do with choir
    community events, radio shows, movies, pictures
  • Keeping in touch with alumni and former members

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A few more benefits
  • Document your progress
  • Translations of current works
  • Recruiting opportunity!
  • Build community
  • Interact with conductor outside of class

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Blogging What you need to remember
  • Easy
  • FREE
  • Very Beneficial
  • Accessible Created from any computer or PDA
    with internet access
  • Read Worldwide

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The Tablet PC
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Live Demonstration
  • Introduction
  • Mine Toshiba R-15 (1499)
  • Demonstration of Text in Microsoft OneNote
  • Marking Music with Tablet PC
  • Recording Audio with Tablet PC
  • Editing documents with Tablet PC

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MindMapping
  • Introduction
  • Benefits
  • Uses
  • Examples of my MindMaps
  • Coordination with Tablet PC

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Aiding the choral profession
  • Share your work online with others
  • Go the extra mile publish the work you do
    online
  • Texts to choral works
  • Translations
  • Learning modules
  • Lead the national conversation
  • Opportunity in the blogging world for someone to
    become the national voice of choral music
  • Who we are and where we are going

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Summary of Presentation
  • Technology can help simplify life
  • Managing who you are Personal Digital Assistant
  • Managing what you do Choir Web pages
  • Enhancing your teaching with blogging
  • What you do online benefits the entire choral
    community

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Resources available online
  • Entire presentation is on my website
  • Presentation notes, speech text, session handout,
    website with links to supplemental information
  • Website and blog address is on my one-page
    handout available at back of room
  • Or give me your email address, Ill send you the
    link

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Final thoughts
  • With a little thought, a little money, and a
    little planning,
  • you can institute small changes into your life
  • that pay off in tremendous rewards
    professionally, creatively, and personally.
  • Becoming increasingly familiar with technological
    possibilities
  • can enhance your teaching
  • and enrich the entire choral community.

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Simplifying the Conductors Lifestyle
  • Making Technology Work For You

Dr. Philip L. Copeland February 2, 2005 ACDA
National Convention Los Angeles, California
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