Monday, August 29, 2011

Who Teaches Your Child

As a father and public school teacher for many years,  I've thought a lot about the question of who teaches children.  It's not an easy question to answer.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Demise of a model arts program

This week I am including a video of the presentation that I made in a workshop at the 2008 California Art in Education Conference in Burlingame, California.  I'm presenting the video to give an overview of what  one comprehensive music education program in public schools can, and did look like,

Thursday, August 18, 2011

More Hybrid Education

In the last post, I put forth the idea of hybrid schools as a new paradigm for education that combines online technology with personal interaction with teachers and classmates.  In the excellent example of the Pennsylvania Leadership Charter School, that is accomplished by having online instruction with teachers and material on a flexible bases, and regional centers, where students and teachers, especially in the arts, can get together, and perform or display their skills, knowledge, and abilities.  

Today, I want to talk about another model for education that is getting rave reviews.  It is presented on network news programs as the largest 'virtual school' in the world.  It is the Khan Academy,

Monday, August 15, 2011

Are Hybrids the wave of the future for schools as well as cars?

BMW’s New Vision: 155-MPH Plug-In Hybrid

The model of a Cyber-Charter school such as I described last week is one interesting and obvious one way of addressing the changing demands of education today.  One of the important aspects of learning however that is missing from that model is the element of personal contact with a teacher or even other students.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Cyber-lessons, Skype

As I've said before in this blog, technology offers many powerful ways to enhance education. Cyber-school, Virtual Academy, online education, blended learning, distance learning, we're all familiar with the terms.  Never before has so much information been available to so many individuals who are motivated to pursue it.  

Monday, August 1, 2011

Time to change

In another blog, I am writing a more-or-less detailed accounting of some of the lessons and practices that have proven effective in teaching music to the  thousands of kindergarten through high school students that I have had in my career.