Last week, ten GSB faculty and staff members attended the annual NJAIS Innovation and Collaboration Conference to share their subject expertise and build their teaching skillsets.
Hosted at The Peck School, this two-day technology conference brings educators from across the state together to engage with instructional tools, collaborate with colleagues, and enhance their instruction. As one of the leading institutions in attendance, Gill St. Bernard's led three unique presentations at this year's conference.
Virtual Practice for Live Concerts
In this live demonstration, Lower School Music Teacher, Elizabeth Carney, shared her expertise on how music educators can design websites for their large group ensemble performance practice. After giving a brief overview on her process, Mrs. Carney provided attendees with detailed directions on how to create their own virtual practices.
In his presentation, GSB Upper School English Teacher, Brendan Flanagan, dove into how he utilized Microsoft OneNote for sharing short pieces of literature for students to annotate direction in the app. In addition, Mr. Flanagan also gave audience members a unique insight into smart notebooks such as Rocketbooks to share whiteboard notes outside of the classroom.
COVID and Music: What's Changed for Good
Joseph Devico, GSB Coordinator of Instructional and Visual Technology, used his presentation to explain how the pandemic forced music and theater instructors to reinvent the way they educate, and even more so, the way they present student's work. From virtual bands to outdoor theatrical productions, this presentation covered some of the most creative ways educators dealt with the pandemic while giving music educators a look at the latest technologies to bring student’s performances to a wider audience while maintaining the excitement and educational benefits of live performances.