of organizations like El Sistema with their amazing orchestra program and to current research which shows that people enjoy the arts more when they have more information (historical context, names and dates of compositions, whether artistic or musical).
But the fundamental thing we need to change about the arts is our philosophy that the arts are a luxury, not a necessity. In fact, and again, I speak only to my specialized knowledge, music is being shown to be an essential tool for brain development that has implications for language, reasoning, mathematics, and many other fields. I'm sure this applies to other arts as well.
I have aggregated a substantial amount of research on my blog, including some subjects in particular:
El Sistema in Scotland
The Real Cost of a Music Education
Music and the Schools
El Sistema in Venezuela
You can also look at the keywords list on the blog for numerous posts in academics, education, and under those for reading, math, etc. My blog is not supported by advertising and 90% + of the posts are research study summaries from peer-reviewed scientific journals.
I hope you will find these research studies useful and informative.…
e school, retiring in 2005. I integrated technology into my everyday practice because I had an interest in it and it improved the performance of my sixth graders. My student demographic was African American and Latino. Whenever I learned something new I passed it on to my students. They inspired me to want to learn more about technology, so much so that I put up a website, to display their work.
As the years progressed and I learned more, I introduced my kids to PowerPoint, Publisher, PageMaker, etc. In 2003 I learned about the K-12 Linux Terminal Server Project.
K12LTSP is based on RedHat Fedora Linux and the LTSP terminal server packages. It's easy to install and configure. It's distributed under the GNU General Public License . That means it's free and it's based on Open Source software.
Once installed K12LTSP lets you boot diskless workstations from an applications server. You can use old PC's as diskless clients or buy new ones for under $200 each.
I installed nine computers in my classroom all on one server. I retrieved the computers from the dumpster of the school district where I lived and used them in the district where I worked. .They worked wonderfully. I used Open Office,(free), that has all the capabilities of Microsoft. We used Mozilla Firefox,( free) we worked on projects all year using these free tools and creating great work.
In 2004 I discovered Moodle. Moodle is a collaborative, open source LMS, and it changed my life in the classroom. Using Moodle I was able to extend the learning of my face to face classroom on a 24 hour basis. Whatever we were working on in our classroom throughout the year I put up in our online classroom where it was available on an asynchronous basis. Research Projects, homework, worksheets,, assignments,quizzes, glossary,forum discussions, websites, audio files, music, and journal activities were ALL available in our online Moodle classroom.
I learned about my students in a way I had not before. Through our forum discussions on our curriculum I learned whether my students grasped the information on Ancient Egypt or any other part of our curriculum.
Through the discussions I saw how their writing skills improved over the course of the school year. Through the one to one journal assignments we completed, I learned how their reflective abilities on a subject or concern progressed.
My students became comfortable expressing themselves to me and to each other through our frequent online discussions. They became accustomed to collaborating together and creating new learning from that collaboration.
Moodle is a Web 2.0 tool. Twenty seven million users of the software can't be wrong. Did I mention that Moodle comes in 75 languages? Moodle is an open source tool that enables teachers or ANYONE who wants to instruct others to have an online classroom.
Part of the No Child Left Behind legislation focuses on online access for teachers and students. This access is explained in the National Educational Technology Plan. At some point soon, teachers in the US will be required to offer their students this additional component to their education before they exit K-12.
When I retired in 2005, I joined with three others and founded the company, Moodlerooms. Moodlerooms makes online learning easier.
Moodle, coupled with the K-12 Linux Terminal Project are affordable solutions for cash strapped school districts. Moodlerooms also is an affordable solution and I train others , in my retirement, how to use Moodle.
Date: Thursday, December 10th, 2009
Time: 5:00pm Pacific / 8:00pm Eastern / 1:00am GMT (next day) (international times here)
Duration: 1 hour
Location: In Elluminate. Log in at http://tr.im/futureofed. The Elluminate room will be open up to 30 minutes before the event if you want to come in early. To make sure that your computer is configured for Elluminate, please visit http://www.elluminate.com/support. Recordings of the session will be posted within a day of the event.
Join Steve Hargadon for a live and interactive hour with Elizabeth Kanna, author of Virtual Schooling: A Guide to Optimizing Your Child's Education.
Elizabeth Kanna is a transformation expert who consults clients ranging in size from start-ups to market icons. Kanna’s visionary transformative work includes repositioning and rebranding, and renaming for prominence, effective strategies for the social Web, reinvention of business models, new media business development, innovative public relations and national promotions for customer acquisition, and world-class partnerships to increase the top line and market share for clients.
Kanna aptly pulls together disparate business segments, establishes frameworks for foundational shifts in business practices, builds publishing franchises in print and digital, and identifies emerging markets and technologies to monetize from education to new media. She has re-engineered brand positioning, and created national promotions with Dun & Bradstreet’s AllBusiness.com, The Grammy Foundation, Yahoo!, jetBlue Airways, Hilton and Sharp USA.
Kanna has been featured on TV networks Fox News, ABC, CBS, CNBC, CW, and in magazines and newspapers, including Forbes, Wall Street Journal, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, U.S. News and Review and Women’s Day. As an emeritus advisor at an annual elite business retreat since 2003, Kanna has consulted with more than 500 business owners in taking their company to the next level. She has also consulted for billon-dollar companies, world-renowned scientists Sally Ride and Bob Ballard, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Business Week best-selling authors, philanthropists working in 50 countries, and well-known entrepreneurs and celebrities.
A market leader and pioneer, Kanna co-founded a leading authoritative education portal that Forbes magazine named as one of the top 45 sites on the Internet in 2000. Kanna has consulted with leading education companies on the development of new online learning platforms from Web 1.0 to virtual schooling and mobile education platforms. Kanna is also the co-author of two market-defining books that stand as authoritative analyses of the effectiveness of educational methodologies: Homeschooling for Success, and the first book ever written on Virtual education: Virtual Schooling: How to Optimize Your Child’s Education.
Her website is http://www.elizabethkanna.com.…
Where Glasgow, Scotland
Submission Deadline Jun 27, 2014
Notification Due Jul 18, 2014
Final Version Due Aug 29, 2014
ECAET is an international refereed conference dedicated to the advancement of the theory and practices in the use of Web2.0 technologies in education, leisure and business. The ECAET promotes collaborative excellence between academics and professionals from a range of disciplines providing an opportunity for researchers from various fields with cross-disciplinary interests to bridge the knowledge gap, promote research esteem and the evolution of the usage and uptake of technology. ECAET 2014 invites research papers that encompass conceptual analysis, design implementation and performance evaluation. All the accepted papers will appear in the proceedings and modified versions of selected papers will be published in special issues of peer reviewed journals. TOPICS The topics in ECAET 2014 include but are not confined to the following areas: Technology in Web 2.0 Education 2.0 Social, political and psychological aspects of Web 2.0 Web 2.0 Applications, Domains, and Emerging Trends Health 2.0…