With more and more districts going Google, it's imperative for teachers to feel comfortable and confident with the ever-growing world of technology! In this introductory-to-basics class, you’ll learn how to use the various Google Apps to take the stress and clutter out of paperwork, grading, data collection, communication and so much more! Specific apps covered include:

  • Google+ and chat/video Hangouts

  • Google Drive organization while utilizing Google Docs

  • Google Sheets and how to collect/sort information

  • Google Forms and automatic grading

  • Gmail and Google Calendar for cohesive scheduling/communication

  • Google Slides and how to publish/embed them online

  • Google Maps and Drawing for customizable directions

  • Navigating Google Chrome and Search.


No previous experience with these apps is necessary, but students must already have an accessible Google account, as well as basic knowledge of computer programs like Word and Excel (this course is not designed for the advanced Google user). No more searching for files on that old flashdrive or losing work you forgot to save! No more collecting stacks of tests or forgetting papers at school! Google will help you take control of the administrative music teacher duties while saving you time and energy, so let's get Googlin'!


Instructor: Lisa Hatfield

Hatfield,_Lisa_headshot_2012Lisa Hatfield is the 5th grade band director at all six elementary schools in Batavia, IL. She graduated with honors from VanderCook College of Music in 2006, and also earned her Master’s in Educational and Instructional Technology from Northern Illinois University in 2011. In addition to teaching MECA classes, Lisa has presented at numerous conferences including NMSA and IMEA, and has been a featured panelist for music advocacy at the Midwest Band & Orchestra Clinic. She most recently received Kane County's "Women of Distinction" Award, and her district continues to be recognized as a "Best Communities for Music Education" from the NAMM foundation. Lisa currently resides in Aurora with her tech-savvy husband, David.

VanderCook College of Music - (312) 225-6288