If you’re like me, in a traditional lesson you or your student write in a physical notebook to spell out the assignment and items of focus for the practice period before the next lesson. With an online lesson, you won’t have this physical notebook. I recommend using Google Docs.
Google docs are a great tool for keeping a running notebook for your students. The historical record of your notes, assessment of the lesson and outline of practice goals is always available for reference and progress tracking, and the student can add their practice log and notes to the doc, creating a running journal.
Basics of Google Docs
1. Select Drive at the top of your Google menu:
This will make an untitled document that you can name by student and time period (e.g. July 2012) or initiative (Solo and Ensemble Preparation) in the document list:
3. You can create a folder (Create>Folder) for each of your students and keep their running document or a series of documents in the folder.
4. Share the document with your student: the blue Share button at the top right of the page allows you to enter a student or student’s parent email address to share the document. Only you and those with whom you share the document will see it.
5. The student can keep a simple practice journal by adding notes with with the Comment feature (similar to Microsoft Word).
Google Drive contains free tools that facilitate communication and collaboration between lessons. You may find many creative ways to use the different tools beyond the docs.
Have some cool things you’ve done with Google Drive? Please share and add your comments below!
Pianist, recording artist, educator and entrepreneur—Philip Amalong is VP of Community and Content for the ZOEN (Zenph Online Education Network).
Call of Duty Black Ops II composer Jack Wall talks with The ZOEN
Call of Duty Black Ops II is a juggernaut. Launched yesterday it is poised to be one of the biggest entertainment releases of all time. We sat down with renowned composer Jack Wall, talked with him about his career and the future of online education. Jack teaches online courses for Berklee College of Music and has experienced online learning himself.
Jack's cred in video game music is legendary (Myst, Jade Empire, Mass Effect 2, etc.), and the competitive process for landing the scoring gig for Call of Duty Black Ops II presented an interesting challenge:
"The first person I called when I got that opportunity was Phil! I had this whacky idea of doing a piano concerto—something really emotional, that could show some musicality, and I thought it was a really interesting and unique idea. And they loved it too—Phil did an amazing, amazing job...and I got the gig!"
His thoughts on online learning and the ZOEN:
"Everything is going through a Renaissance right now-- I’m very, very positive on what the ZOEN is doing---I really dig it. Especially the fact that you can actually play and hear each other [live] over the Internet—that’s a really revelation—that’s something Berklee doesn’t have.
I think it’s the fast-track of learning, I don’t think there’s any wasted space, there's not any wasted time. You get right in there and you learn something really fast and you can just apply it immediately. It’s such an amazing experience."
Full interview coming soon!!
Check out "making of" video of the Call of Duty Black Ops II score, shot at Abbey Road Studio One in London:
Observer of the world of music, performance, learning and technology. Performer, Producer, Recording Artist, VP Community and Content-Zenph Inc.