Thursday, November 6, 2014

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

iPads Allow Kids With Challenges To Play In High School's Band

There's a steady stream of hype surrounding the pluses and pitfalls of classroom tablet computers. But for a growing number of special education students tablets and their apps are proving transformative. The tablets aren't merely novel and fun. With guidance from creative teachers, they are helping to deepen engagement, communication, and creativity.

In a typical red brick public school building in the Fresh Meadows section of Queens, New York, one creative and passionate music instructor is using tablet computers to help reach students with disabilities. In the process, he's opening doors for some kids with severe mental and physical challenges.

On the surface, the PS 177 Technology Band looks like a typical high school orchestra. But there are two big differences. First, while they use traditional instruments, they also play iPads. And all of the band members have disabilities. Some have autism spectrum disorders.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Hemingway App

Here’s the link to the Hemingway app I was telling you about this morning:  

“If you work with your hands, you’re a laborer.
If you work with your hands and your mind, you’re a craftsman.
If you work with your hands and your mind and your heart, you’re an artist.”
—Saint Francis of Assisi

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Thursday, October 9, 2014

TED for you.... with PAT ZENTZ

I finally got a chance to watch it and am passing it on to you if you’re interested.  Of course, I’m crazy about everything he does.  I’m attaching the link to TEDX Billings so you can purview all the speakers—our friend Chuck Tooley also did a talk.

Carleen Layne
Montana Arts Council

Friday, October 3, 2014

Jesse Krimes

I just have to share this story with all of you from Slate.  It is one of the most incredible stories I have ever read about the power of art. 

Emily Kohring
Director of Arts Education
Montana Arts Council