With social networks becoming an integral part of life, it was only a matter of time before a marching band version made its way onto the scene. iSchoolBand, a new social network system from BandFind Inc., allows directors to connect with students and parents in a whole new way. According to the website, iSchoolBand helps “students communicate, directors coordinate and parents participate.”
After a band signs up for the service, the members can create profiles, similar to a service like Facebook or MySpace, and post thoughts, upload photos, participate in forums, send private messages or write comments on each other’s pages. Groups are created based on instruments, different ensembles and booster affiliations.
Directors can send out emails to specific groups and also upload drill charts and music for easy access in the students’ “digital backpack.”
“Having one place that all students can access their drill charts, sheet music, audio and video performances will be a tremendous timesaver for teachers,” says Ron Meers, former president of the Tennessee Music Education Association on the iSchoolBand website.
Unlike other online social networks, iSchoolBand is private, so that parents can allow children to browse without fear of predators; directors and parents can also speak privately. Only the band’s profile page can be viewed by the general public.
iSchoolBand is currently in beta mode and will launch soon. Check its website, www.iSchoolBand.com, for information on signing up.