Seesaw & Technology for Music Teachers (Beginner Level)

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Seesaw & Technology
for Music Teachers

(Beginner Level)

June 7July 3, 2021

Note: This is a 4-week course.

This course is for teachers who are looking to acquire basic technology skills in addition to being introduced to Seesaw. This course is designed for beginners and is for teachers who are new to Seesaw or have a basic knowledge of Seesaw.

Seesaw is an incredibly powerful digital portfolio app that provides a platform for music students to actively engage in music making and for music teachers to create, assess, and organize lessons and activities. This course leads them through step-by-step processes of navigating Seesaw, using the existing tools within Seesaw to create exceptional content including inserting videos, drag and drop, erase to reveal, screen recording, melodic and rhythmic dictation, creating worksheets and choice boards, linking to create games or linking to sites. This course is also designed for teachers who feel that they do not have more than a functional knowledge of technology, and will take them through the basics of creating videos using Loom or Screencastify and designing worksheets and templates in Google Slides. Google Apps and Classroom, Chrome Music Lab and Chrome extensions will be discussed.

Instructor: Manju Durairaj

Durairaj,_Manju_headshot_2012 Manju Durairaj (MMEd ‘03) was born and raised in India. She studied in London, England, and was involved in graduate research projects on comparative pedagogical practices of Indian (carnatic) and Western Music. Durairaj is certified in Orff Schulwerk, having completed her levels training at VanderCook, George Mason University, University of St. Thomas, and at the Orff Institute in Salzburg, Austria. She currently teaches PreK-5 general music at the Latin School of Chicago. She is president of the Greater Chicago Orff Chapter, has presented at ISME, AOSA, OAKE, ILMEA, ECMMA, MKMEA and NAfME (formerly MENC), and has been published in the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education.

Seesaw & Technology
for Music Teachers
(Beginner Level)

Manju Durairaj

June 7–July 3, 2021
(4 weeks only)

Credit Options & Tuition
No Credit
$199, due in full with registration
Course Code 7421A

1 Graduate Credit
$355, due in full with registration
Course Code 7421B

Chat Sessions

Tuesdays begininng June 8, 2021 from 5pm-6pm CST. All sessions will be recorded.



Required Text(s)

Software/Hardware Requirements
Internet access is required.

MECA Online
is powered by Schoology

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

Summer 2021 MECA courses officially begin on Monday, June 7. Soon after you register, be on the lookout for an email from Schoology with log-in instructions. Once you receive credentials, visit to login. On the morning of June 7, you'll have access to your classroom and course material.

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.

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