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become the most Inspiring Music Teachers

Spring 2024 MECA

Continuing Education Courses

Online

Visuals, Video, AI, Oh My! Canva for Education Does it All!

Date

February 12-May 3, 2024

Course Code

7224a

Credits

3 Graduate Credits

Tuition

$1,125 is due in full with registration. A $15 Early Bird Discount will be applied until January 14.

Overview

Note: This course is closed for registration as this course is full.

Canva for Education is a powerful yet easy-to-use graphic design tool that allows educators to create beautiful teaching resources of all kinds, from posters, to presentations and documents, to videos, and much, much more! With more than 250,000 thousand templates, graphics, photos, and videos, Canva for Education is useful for both novices and more experienced graphic designers alike. And the best thing about it is, it’s free! Canva is optimized for Chromebooks and app smashes with Google Workspace, allowing teachers to get creative and use the best features of each tool together. This project-based course will take a deep dive into Canva’s feature set, and provide ample opportunity for designing visual resources that will support your teaching and directly integrate into any teaching and learning environment. While Canva for Education will be the primary application for this course, other apps, such as Google Workspace, as well as other online resources will be explored and used throughout the course. This course is designed for music educators at all grade levels and disciplines.

 

 Course Requirements:

  • This course requires a Schoology account
  • Access to a Mac, PC, or Chromebook, connected to the Internet. Basic computer skills are required, such as setting up accounts with a username and password, basic typing skills, uploading and downloading files, and familiarity with using the Internet.
  • Canva for Education Account (details to be discussed in Week 1)
  • Wakelet account (free)
  • Google Workspace and YouTube accounts
  • Myriad free cloud-apps and online resources. Details provided in course materials.

 

Helpful, but optional:

An inexpensive USB microphone, such as:

An inexpensive webcam, such as:

Requirements

Chat Session

This course is asynchronous.

Prerequisites

None.

Required Text(s)

None.

Learning Platform Information (Online Courses Only)

Schoology is a learning management system that allows you to interact directly with your instructors, fellow students, and members of the greater VanderCook community.

The evening  before your class begins, be on the lookout for an email from Schoology with log-in instructions. Once you receive credentials, visit www.online.vandercook.edu to login. 

Some courses have specific online chat meeting times (please see course descriptions), while others have a flexible meeting schedule. You can expect all courses to meet together in a live online chat. If a live meeting time doesn’t work, you can work with your instructor to make other arrangements.

More information about Schoology can be found at www.schoology.com

Please see specific software/hardware requirements in the course description.

Online course grades are available within two weeks of the course(s) completion.  If you need a transcript, please CLICK HERE to access the online transcript request form. For a faster turnaround time, please submit the transcript request to the registrar prior to the end of your course(s).

Instructor

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Stefani Langol

Stefani Langol is a music educator, clinician, author and education technology consultant. She is an associate professor of music education at Berklee College of Music and serves as the technology coordinator for the music education department. In addition, Langol is an adjunct assistant professor at the Boston Conservatory of Music, where she teaches music technology classes for the Master of Music Education degree program. Langol is a certified instructor for the Technology Institute for Music Educators (TI:ME) and offers graduate credit and TI:ME national certification courses at numerous sites throughout the Northeast. In addition, Langol served as editor-in-chief of the TI:MEs newsletter from 1997-2004 and the technology editor for the Massachusetts Music Educators Journal from 2004-2012. For more than 20 years, Langol has designed and delivered technology training to K-12 and higher education music educators, and has been a featured presenter at numerous state, national and international music educator conferences in New York, Pennsylvania, California, Ohio, Rhode Island, Florida, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Texas, Illinois, Toronto and Nelson (Canada). Langol is a co-author of the Alfred Music Tech Series, which includes Playing Keyboard, Music Production and MIDI Sequencing; and Composing with Notation Software as well as the accompanying Teacher’s Guide: Book 1. In addition, she has published several articles on music technology in the Music Educators Journal, Music Education Technology Magazine, Music and Computers, Artists House, and the Massachusetts Music Educators Journal.
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