Seesaw & Connected Apps for the Music Teacher


Fall MECA Online Courses
All Fall MECA online courses
are generally held from
Sept. 21 through Dec. 13, 2020,
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Seesaw & Connected Apps for the Music Teacher

August 10September 6, 2020

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 mini course leads teachers through step-by-step processes of navigating Seesaw and creating exceptional content using screencasting apps like Loom, Screencastify and Screencast-o-matic; presentation apps like Google Slides, PowerPoint, Explain Everything and Book Creator; and music creation apps like Chrome Music Lab, GarageBand, BandLab and Soundtrap. Creating choice boards, bitmoji virtual music rooms, integrating children’s literature, poetry, movement, recorder, ukulele instruction and more will be discussed. Assessment criteria, connections to standards, interactive drag and drop activities, linking to websites, integration with Google Classroom and small or large group collaboration will help all teachers create meaningful experiences for students irrespective of in-person, hybrid or remote methods of instruction.

Instructor: Manju Durairaj

Durairaj,_Manju_headshot_2012Manju 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.

Course Details

Seesaw & Connected Apps
for the Music Teacher

Course Code TBD

Manju Durairaj

1 Graduate Credit

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

No credit
Course Code TBD
$199, due in full with registration

Online Chat Sessions
Mondays, 4:00-5:00 p.m. CST

Attendance at weekly Zoom sessions is strongly recommended, however, recordings will be made available for teachers who have conflicts.


Required Text(s)

Software/Hardware Requirements
Internet access is required.

MECA Online Course Details
VanderCook Online is powered by Schoology ( Through this learning management system, you'll be able to interact directly with your instructor, students in your classes, and members of the greater VanderCook Online community.

Fall 2020 MECA courses officially begin on Monday, Sept. 21. Soon after you register, you'll be added as a new Schoology user. Be on the lookout for an email from Schoology with log-in instructions. Once you are given credentials, simply visit to login. On the morning of Sept. 21, 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.

You’ll have the opportunity to work at your own pace each week while completing assignments and posting responses to discussion questions. You’ll constantly be interacting with your instructor and classmates online, and working through new material each week. We know how crazy school schedules can get, so our instructors try to make everything as flexible as possible!

Online grades will be reported by mid-October. If you are in need of a transcript please visit the online transcript request page. If you are in need a quick turn around time for your transcript please submit the transcript request to the registrar prior to the end of your course(s).


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