Playing Test Due 1/26/2016

Good morning,

As I have mentioned to the students, we are planning on doing some of our testing online and through Google classroom this semester.

Benefits of online testing with video include:

  • The ability for me to visually see the embouchure, grips and keys that the students are playing.
  • The ability for me to re watch the video to get a good read of what their strengths and weaknesses are.
  • The ability for me to give a more detailed report back to the students so that they can know exactly how they are doing and how to improve.
  • The ability for me to watch the video with the students to point things out so they can hear themselves play from an audience members perspective.
  • Students have a large window to complete the test on and do not need to submit their video until they get their best repetition of the line. Students can submit it when they are ready as long as it is by the due date.
  • Especially in my large class of 80, the students do not have to sit and wait as I test EACH STUDENT INDIVIDUALLY.

There are many benefits that I see with this form of testing. We will not use online testing for every test, but we will when needed.

Ways to submit the test:

  • Students must take a video where I can see their face and entire instrument (specifically the hands).
  • Students will either email the video to me directly maria.menendez@carrolltoncityschools.net  OR submit it through GoogleClassroom. (Make sure to put your first and last name please).
    • Class 6.1 (10:15-11:05) class key= 8e52j9
    • Class 6.2 (12:00-12:50) class key= 89xry6d
  • Students without a cell phone or recording device will use a Chromebook at school to turn in their test. Every student has the opportunity to submit this assignment. Any students who do not turn in the test by the due date will quickly be tested in class with a late penalty. 

I WANT to hear each student and I am thrilled that I will get recordings so that I can really diagnose anything that I see. This will make our band immensely better especially moving on to 7th grade band because I am now able to give each student the individual attention that they need.

Once again, I accept using Google Classroom or an email sent to me with the video. If students do not have a cell phone/ipad/ipod/recording/GoPro/recording device they may use yours or our equipment here at school. 

The beauty is that your student can practice and take multiple takes and only send me their best one! I want to see them at their best.

The info for this playing test is below:

Essential Elements book page 10 line 45 “William Tell”.

The due date is Tuesday January the 26th at midnight.

I would like for you all to review what I have written above and email me with any concerns. This is our first time ever at Carrollton using GoogleClassroom for online testing so I would like to get over any hurdles that we run into now. This is going to be a fantastic thing!

-Ms. Menendez

maria.menendez@carrolltoncityschools.net

2 comments

  1. So if my child doesn’t have a cell phone. And we don’t have a computer is she going to fail this??????

    I’m not sure this is very fair.

    Julie Byrd 770-883-9754 On Jan 19, 2016 10:10 AM, “CMS Trojan Band” wrote:

    > cmstrojanbands posted: “Good morning, As I have mentioned to the students, > we are planning on doing some of our testing online and through Google > classroom this semester. Benefits of online testing with video include: The > ability for me to visually see the embouchure, grips ” >

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    1. Good afternoon! I explained in class and on the post that students without technology at home will use my chrome book and/or camera here at the school. They can step out at any time during class (taking turns) and spend some time getting their recording done. I don’t want for any students to have any limitations which is why I’m providing the technology here at school as well. She may also stay after school with your permission and use my equipment if she wants to spend a larger amount of time perfecting her video.
      -M. Menendez

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