Current Trends of Educational Technology in Band Rooms in Southeastern North Carolina

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Charles A. Dumas Jr. (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP )
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Abstract: This thesis will examine ways in which band directors in high schools and middle schools in southeastern North Carolina utilize technology in their educational settings to improve student performance and achievement. Educational settings will include but are not limited to band rooms, practice areas, and performance venues. In the current educational climate band directors must become innovative and develop their use of technology based on the standards established by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Successful lesson plans that incorporate technology should be made accessible to all band directors so that no teacher should be without the tools necessary for an optimal learning experience for their students. Band directors throughout southeastern North Carolina will be asked to complete a survey that will help to determine which forms of multimedia technology are being implemented with the emphasis centered on audio, video, and computer based resources. Both audio technology and video technology will include devices used to record and play back media in both analog and digital forms. Computer base resources will include hardware, software, internet applications, and information management. Factors impacting technology implementation include the types of multimedia resources available to the band director. Funding sources for the technology used, the availability of sufficient professional development opportunities that address music related technology will also be examined. How the director is supported financially and the amount of that support is a key factor in the purchase and maintenance of technology. Annual budgets for technology and the professional development to help use that technology may be funded by booster programs, school administration, local education agencies, and the band director themselves may also be a possible financial resource. Each band program and director implements technology in a different manner based on the respective situation, experience, and knowledge of the band director or the media specialist located in their school. Professional development for music related technology is generally not offered as a standard class for staff development which necessitates directors using a tactile learning method. With the advent of more rigorous standards for the use of technology proper training should be offered to enhance teacher performance.

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Language: English
Date: 2010
High Schools, Band Directors, Middle Schools, Southeastern North Carolina, Educational Setting, Technology, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, Multimedia technology, Computer based resources,

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