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No Budget Needed: Enhance the Administration, Organization & Communication of Your Program Using Google


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No Budget Needed: Enhance the Administration, Organization & Communication of Your Program Using Google

Google continues to change the way we interact with and organize information in productive, beneficial, and fun ways! This course will teach you how to support your music program with the use of Google Classroom; Google Drive (including Docs, Sheets, Forms, Slides and Draw); Google Hangout and Gmail; Google Calendar and Maps; Google Hangouts and Youtube; and more! These free online productivity packages are sure to make your work life easier, greener, more organized and accessible from anywhere! There is no software to install or hardware to purchase. No prior knowledge of Google Apps is necessary, however basic computer skills are needed. This class is NOT designed for the advanced Google user. Sign up today, and let's get Googlin'!

Instructor: Lisa Hatfield

Hatfield,_Lisa_headshot_2012Lisa Hatfield  (BMEd ’06)  is the 5th grade band teacher for all six elementary schools in Batavia, IL, which has received NAMM's "Best Community for Music Education" distinction numerous years in a row. Hatfield graduated with honors from VanderCook, and earned her Master’s Degree in Educational and Instructional Technology from Northern Illinois University. She has presented at numerous conferences including NMSA and IMEA, received Kane County's "Women of Distinction" Award, and has been teaching technology-infused music classes at VanderCook since 2012. When not teaching, Lisa can be found wasting time online, jamming on the ukulele, obsessing over her dog, and playing all the board games with her husband, Dave.

Course Details

Instructor: Lisa Hatfield
3 Graduate Credits
Tuition: $1,020, due in full with registration

Course Code: 7559
Chat Sessions:
Software/hardware requirements for Mac & Windows users:
Internet access is required.



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.

The summer online term officially begins on Monday, June 10. The week prior to June 10, you'll be added as a new Schoology user. Be on the lookout for an email from or with log-in instructions. Once you are given credentials, simply visit to login. On the morning of June 10, 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 summer schedules can get, so our instructors try to make everything as flexible as possible!


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