[Callers] Apps for callers?

JoLaine Jones-Pokorney jolaine at gmail.com
Tue Apr 12 09:17:30 PDT 2011


I have settled on using Google Docs spreadsheet to manage my dances.  For
the most part, it works really well.  The only limitation I've encountered
is I can't search the entire document, only one tab at a time.  Each tab is
a different dance and I have a format for entering the dance and the
teaching script.  As a fairly new caller, I thought it was important to
write out my teaching script word-for-word concentrating on clear and
concise.  It has been a great help!  I'm really good at reading so it
doesn't sound like I am reading it word-for-word and now that I have called
a while, my clear and concise script is committed to memory for the basic
moves.
I can also share my google doc with bands and other callers I am working
with.  I can call it up on my netbook or smart phone if I'm in a situation
where I need to call a dance unexpectedly.
I do not use the netbook or phone to call from except in an emergency.  I
print them out on a full size sheet of paper and put them in a three ring
binder in order for the evening, back-ups are available in a pocket in the
binder.  I place the binder on a music stand so I can be hands-free and only
glance at it when needed. I can make notes all over the piece of paper and
then go home and update the spreadsheet so the next time I print it off, it
will have my  most current notes.
I also use a google doc for keeping up with the programs I've called, when,
where, what, band, pay, etc.
If anyone would like to see my google doc, I'd be glad to share.
JoLaine



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