Do you struggle to integrate technology as you strive to be a better teacher? Or perhaps you feel like your students know more about technology than you do? This course will fully prepare you to integrate technology as a way to enhance your teaching and professional development. Discover free tools and online software to create practical, engaging lessons and assignments for your students, and learn how social media can help improve your craft by creating a professional learning network (PLN). We will continue to explore other digital tools to help you become a more skilled and effective music educator.


Required materials: What Connected Educators Do Differently by Whitaker, Zoul & Casas (ISBN-13: 978-1138832008), laptop or desktop computer, and Google Chrome browser. Webcam is optional.

Instructor: Keith Ozsvath

Ozsvath,_Keith_headshot_2013Keith Ozsvath is passionate about teaching music, integrating technology, and professional development. He joined the music faculty at Rotolo Middle School in Batavia, Illinois in 2000 and continues to team teach concert band and direct the Jazz Ensemble. Mr. Ozsvath is an active adjudicator and clinician in the Chicago area. He is a member of the American School Band Directors Association, been recognized twice by “Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers” and is an Eagle Scout. He has been an Illinois Summer Youth Music conductor at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana. Additionally, he has presented sessions at the National Middle School Association Conference, Illinois Music Educators All-State Conference, and at VanderCook College of Music. Keith is a self-professed techie and his blog, Teaching Band & More, provides practical teaching ideas for music educators. He has conducted numerous professional development classes for fellow educators on educational technology, including podcasting, blogging, web 2.0 tools and using social media as a professional development tool. He serves as an advisor and moderator for the 10,000+ member Band Director Group on Facebook.

VanderCook College of Music - (312) 225-6288