Microphone Tips for Teachers

Having reliable sound equipment and a microphone that is easy to use is essential for dance teachers who need to project through a large space. However, sometimes all those wires, input/output holes and dials make using a microphone unmanageable. Have no fear, though!...

Do You Check Your Phone Too Much?

Have you ever stopped to consider how many times a day you look at your phone? According to a recent report, smartphone users check their phones approximately 150 times a day, often while using another screen, like a TV or computer. That’s a lot of screen time! Dr....

Projector Apps for Wireless Devices

Q: I’ve got both an iPhone and an iPad, and occasionally I find useful content for my dance classes that I’d like to share with my students on both devices. Is there a way to project content from all of my devices easily—and preferably wirelessly? A: A great way to...

Technology: RoboForm

RoboForm roboform.com Password management software Your studio’s online accounts, like banking, Facebook and e-mail, each demand their own secure password. But the tricky mix of numbers, signs and upper and lowercase letters can be difficult to remember, and keeping...

Technology: Square

Square squareup.com/register Portable POS System Its small credit-card reader looks innocent, but Square is a POS powerhouse—and it got a few updates recently. At its most basic, the free app/account for iPhone, iPad and Android provides users with a Square Reader...

Creating a Class Blog

Q: I’m thinking of creating a class blog. Do you have any suggestions for reliable and secure blogging sites? What are your recommendations for how to best use a class blog? A: A secure class blog is a tremendous tool for fostering discussion and creating community....

Technology: HootSuite

Social-media dashboard Not just another social-media task, HootSuite is a tool that can streamline your online marketing efforts by helping you organize posts and better manage your time. After you register, the site creates a personal dashboard that gives you access...

Technology: QLab

QLab Show control software Requires Mac OS X Figure53.com/qlab Manning a sound booth during performances takes patience and the ability to multitask. QLab, software that helps create, edit and sync music cues, streamlines tasks during a show, as well as the process...

Incorporating Skype into Classes

Q: Over the holidays, I used Skype to chat with family members who I was unable to visit. I’ve been trying to think of ways to bring this concept into a classroom—any ideas? A: We might not be in “The Jetsons” era yet, but video calls are real. Even better, they are...

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