Resources for Learning Technology William Wieland
People — Please list actual names along with phone numbers on your personal sheet. (This document is for you.)
  • Tech support and instructional support — at school, on the phone, online
  • Salespeople ( Music Stores ) — Obviously they really are trying to sell you something, but they do keep abreast of the newest items.
  • Colleagues — at my school and other schools
  • Students (current and former) — They have been a goldmine for me.
  • Friends — some are tech nerds
  • Family — I turn to my younger siblings and my kids.
  • Organizations and Conferences — NAfME, SDMEA, ACDA, SD-ACDA, ASTA, SDSTA, NBA, SDBA, MTNA, SDMTA, etc. (Which do you attend?)
Online — Please list urls on your personal sheet.
  • Above all, I use search engines like Google or Bing. For example, type Finale 2014 enter notes and the first result is from the official Finale website.
  • Many music organizations (See above.) provide helpful information about technology. I found How Technology Is Being Used In Music Classrooms and Planning a Music Technology Lab at the NAfME website.
  • TI:ME (Technology Institute for Music Educators) — “The mission of TI:ME is to assist music educators in applying technology to improve teaching and learning in music.” Though this could be our course description, few music educators are aware of this organization.
  • I create web pages using HTML, CSS and JavaScript. w3schools.com is a fantastic resource for me.
Books — Optional (Many manuals are online and technology textbooks are quickly outdated.)
  • Experiencing Music Technology  by Williams and Webster — my starting point for this class
  • Building Successful Finale ‘Chops’  by Kallestad — the author works for the company
  • Music Engraving Today  by Powell — excellent tips for professional music printing