I TOLD YOU SO UPDATE–iFail: Why John Deasy’s Risky iPad Gambit Crashed and Burned at LAUSD. “In a surprising reversal, L.A. Unified Superintendent John Deasy has abruptly halted the district’s billion-dollar technology program, which aimed to put an iPad into the hands of every student and teacher by the end of, yes, this year.” More links about the history of the program here, here, and here, but I still have the same opinion: the benefit of tablets for each student can only fully be realized when you change the traditional classroom model.
STRAD: Young students must learn to listen if they are to practise effectively. “Multimedia content and performances have eroded our abilities to just listen, and the opportunities to do so become ever rarer. Discussing the futility of a private language, Ludwig Wittgenstein observed how no one can feel your pain, and listening is in the same position: no one can hear you listen.“
JAMESON MARVIN on Why We Might Want to Perform Good Music: “Singers and listeners who are challenged and invigorated through the performance of the great choral works of the church acquire a broad perspective upon which to base their own values. By cultivating within us the capacity to experience the profound enrichment of “enlightened cherishing”, the choral conductor satisfies one of her/his primary responsibilities: to educate. In the process, choral singers and listeners may be inspired by the depth inherent in this music and how it enriches their lives.“
TODD FINLEY ON HOW TO teach critical thinking.
TAKING ATTENDANCE on the iPad: “Each year I print a folder cover for each of my students. It slides in the clear plastic sleeve on the exterior of their 3-ring chorus folder. It has their name, lists which choir they are in and shows their folder number. This year, it also includes their QR code that corresponds with Attendance2! This means no scissors—no cutting out QR codes! I simply scan their folder as they enter the room.“
JOSEPH BREAN: Rote memorization plays crucial role in teaching students how to solve complex calculations, study says.