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10 Jul: The Content Bias in Edtech

By Fred Cutler, Associate Professor of Political Science, UBC-Vancouver; and Director, UBC Faculty of Arts Instructional Support and IT. (https://politics.ubc.ca/persons/fred-cutler/ ) Is EdTech really innovative? We can’t assume that technology applied to education equals educational innovation.  Edtech might even reinforce outdated, ineffective pedagogies that are being debunked by research on learning. At a recent Edtech event in London, startups were asked where they sit on a continuum from innovation to revenue. Most resisted the idea that revenue and innovation were at odds. They seemed to be thinking mostly about technological innovation. And it’s true that in the long-run, tech innovation and revenue in…

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10 Jul: Card Payments without Wi-Fi for Community Organizations and Sports Clubs

How to take card payments with no WiFi and no mobile phone for Little Leagues, Football and Soccer Clubs, Festivals, and more Everyone knows you can take payments on your phone. Mobile businesses, especially tradespeople, now use their phones with the Square Point of Sale card and tap readers. But what about community organizations that are operating in a place with no WiFi and don’t have a phone with a data plan for their organization. Lots of them think they can’t take mobile payments. But they can, for around $10 a month. That’s the situation that Jericho Little League in Vancouver…

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25 Jun: Ongoing Debriefing for Health Simulations

Video for low-cost simulation and skills practice in Nursing and other health professions The power of simulation for learning has been clear for centuries. Even the mighty Roman military did simulations to make sure their armies were ready for battle. They also used simulation for soft skills so they could convince people in their conquered territories to be loyal citizens. (You’d never know this from Asterix, though.) But the Romans didn’t have video to make debriefing happen powerfully anywhere across time and space. Now it’s so easy to record video, but the challenge is how to use it for simulation without…

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15 Nov: STEP BY STEP GUIDE TO CHEAP, EFFECTIVE VIDEO AUDITIONS FOR MUSIC AND VOICE (Part 1)

In this three part series, I provide a guide that helps you do an effective video audition for post-secondary music programs, on a budget. I’ll dive in to the differences in sound quality between premium recording equipment, dirt cheap audio recording, and the mic that’s on your iPhone. You will be guided through the step by step procedures of how to set up this equipment, buy or borrow it cheaply, and edit it quickly with great results. Part 1: Overview + Audio Recording video auditions can be a super stressful affair for senior students. The seemingly endless array of options when it comes to recording equipment or the uncertainty of…

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14 Nov: STEP BY STEP GUIDE TO CHEAP, EFFECTIVE VIDEO AUDITIONS FOR MUSIC AND VOICE (Part 2)

Part 2: Video Best Practices and Audio-Video Synchronization In this three part series, we guide you to do an effective video audition for post secondary music programs, on a budget. We’ll dive in to the differences in sound quality between premium recording equipment, dirt cheap audio recording, and the mic that’s on your iPhone. You will be guided through the step by step procedures of how to set up this equipment, buy it cheaply, and edit it with speed. In this guide, we’ll show you how to record your audio and video simultaneously through separate equipment. We’ll show you how to…

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27 Sep: Next-Generation Video Tools for Music Instruction

Video recordings have been an important tool in music education for a long time. But now, video-based practice and feedback, sewn tightly together, are becoming a vital part of applied music instruction and learning. There are a variety of reasons why hearing and seeing oneself perform daily can make a big difference in musicians’ development. And there’s the practical side too: video-practice using the right technology allows teachers to teach with detailed feedback even when student and teacher aren’t in the same place at the same time! Video for Self-reflection and Self-critique Recording Improves Musicianship Recording yourself allows you to listen…