I work at a school that has a 1:1 laptop program. This means that every teacher and student comes to class with a laptop. We are also trying to drastically cut down on photocopying and printing. These facts consistently lead me to ask two questions —
“Do I really need to print this?” and
“How could I do the same task on my computer?”
My biggest problem this year has been with reading music scores. I love to photocopy them, give them to students and highlight and circle and write all over them. My solution as of yesterday is to use the annotate function in ‘Preview’ when looking at a PDF of a score from IMSLP.org. Below are the steps I took.
1. I started off with a PDF of ‘The Rite of Spring’ by Stravinsky.
2. I opened the PDF with ‘Preview’ on my MacBook and used the annotate button.
3. I then used the ‘!’ button to make a notes on the score.
4. Finally I got my grade 11 Music students to use this tool as well as ‘Variations Audio Timeliner’ to start making notes for their first attempt at an IB Music Investigation.
5. They will take ‘screen shots’ (Command + Shift + 4) of the score and timeliner and will use them in their investigation.
The next stage for me is to upload my PDF with annotations onto a set of iPads so that my students can easily flip through the score while listening to the music. I will be given a set of iPads to experiment with from today, so I’ll keep you updated as to how it goes!