Teaching Drill Using the iPad: A Technology Quick-Tip

| August 1, 2012 | 2 Comments

Isn’t Technology Great?!?















This year, rather than having a binder with copies of the drill in it, our marching band staff decided to go high-tech.  All of the caption heads have iPads, so we bought the App called Good Reader($4.99) and are using that to teach drill.You can open your PDF’s of the drill and also MSWord files in it.  You can also make notes on the “pages”, as well as highlight and circle areas.

We tried it this week for the first time and it was a HUGE success.

The best part is zooming into a specific drill spot.






















And definitely less paper than traditional binders!

Not only is this super efficient, but we’re also going green!


Now it’s YOUR turn!  The CGE community and resource is all about YOU so we want to hear what you have to say!  What are your favorite apps?  How do you use technology to make teaching easier?  Leave us a comment below and share your experience!  Your input matters.

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Category: band camp, Design, drill, Drill & Staging, Instruction, Quick Tips, Rehearsal Planning & Management, technology

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Lorraine has been involved in the color guard activity since 1989, first as a performer, then as an instructor and adjudicator. She is currently instructing the color guards at Saugus and Valencia High Schools in Santa Clarita, California, as well as designing for other guards in California. Lorraine also has worked with programs in Utah, New York and Georgia. She was the Instructor/Designer at Littlerock High School from 1995 to 2008. LHS was a semi-finalist at WGI World Championships in 2004 and 2005 and the Fresno Regional Scholastic A Champion in 2005. She is an Adjudicator for SCSBOA, WGASC, and UWGA, and has also traveled to Oregon, Nevada, and Texas to judge marching band and winter guard contests.

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  1. Sara says:

    We use new annotate, and it works wonderful! Especially effective in combination with coaches eye ap. We started using these last fall, and its made a big impact on our teaching. We can immediately make notes/show students the areas that need improvement :)

  2. David Wilson says:

    I’ve been using my iPad for two marching seasons. We use GoodReader to hold drill files and drill animations by movement in the show. That way we can show the animation to give the performers an idea of how their ‘dot’ fits! Also using CoachesEye for guard work and general form faults… As well as for cleaning a phrase in the show.

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