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Projector / SmartBoard setups in choral classrooms

I am a middle school choral director, grades 6-8, and am looking for ways to incorporate more technology into my classroom.  This year, I began with a simple projector/computer setup which showed the goals of the lesson projected onto a whitescreen, and I used the setup on occasion to show video clips, PowerPoint presentations, or musical excerpts on Finale.  Ideally, I am looking for something much more powerful and interactive...specifically, a SmartBoard setup, if that is ever in the cards for us non-core teachers in the building.
I was wondering what sorts of similar setups other choral directors were using in their classrooms.  What kinds of equipment have you implemented?  What software?  How are students directly or indirectly using it?  Even without a SmartBoard, what can be done with technology to further engage students in learning in the context of a choral rehearsal?
Please feel free to chime in with any and all ideas...your responses are tremendously appreciated!!!  Thank you in advance.
on June 24, 2013 12:36pm
I use my iPad quite a bit. I buy the appropriate number of paper copies of my written music for my choir then do not use them. (I do want to be legal.) I scan the music into my iPad and project the music on to the screen.  I turn the pages, and mark the score while they are using the same score.  The iPad has many interactive apps that can be used as well.  Smart Music  ( from the makers of Finale) has apps for sightreading that give feedback as to correctness.
on June 25, 2013 6:46am
In my classroom, we do most or our sightreading via projector either by putting a sight reading example on the elmo or pulling one up on the computer. It saves time from passing out individual sightreading sheets. As we get closer to State Performance Assesment, we do pass out individual sheets so that the students can get used to that format since that is how they will sight read at state. I am also interested in incorporating technology in additional ways.
on June 26, 2013 4:08am has lots of great ideas for incorporating technology into the music classroom.  Don't forget
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