Anaheim Elementary School District pilots eSports Curriculum

 

 

 

When Cory Robertson was a kid, he would rush home after school and spend the evenings playing The Legend of Zelda and Mario Brothers games on his Nintendo gaming console. His parents, like most of those in his generation, insisted that he turn off the games and focus on school; they thought gaming would never lead to a well-paid job. Today, Cory is the Director of Digital Education Services at the Anaheim Elementary School District where he and his team are pioneering the first elementary eSports curriculum in the nation- quite possibly the first in the world.

 

Most gamers are first exposed to the world of eSports years before they set foot on a college campus, often starting to develop their gaming skills in elementary school. With this context in mind, AESD is now offering the Nurturing Positive Competitors curriculum which, in addition to providing the opportunity to advance their gaming skills, provides students with the framework to explore career opportunities, establish healthy habits, and develop positive citizenship values that are applied in the eSports world and in their daily life.

 

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The Best Films Schools for 2019

 

 

 

Where does the path to diversity begin? What kickstarts fearlessness and the will to win, to create, to innovate? How do aspiring entertainment artists and executives develop the skills to tell tomorrow’s stories and find the tools to build the next generation of platforms to sustain an industry where disruption is the new normal? Without the educators and programs in these pages, the voices of underserved youth will never be heard, and their visions will never change the world.

 

We look not only at top universities offering cutting-edge instruction in everything from cinematography to costume design, but also at speak to educators and look at educational tools that build knowledge of multi-ethnic music, art, writing and film. Entertainment education has never been more important.

 

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Literacy Through Lyrics

 

 

 

A Michigan State University music program merges literacy with songwriting to empower Detroit youth.

Launched in 2016 by the MSU Community Music School-Detroit, Verses uses hip hop, spoken word poetry and music technology as teaching tools. Students improve their literacy skills through the art of songwriting, composing, performing, mixing and recording.

Faculty members include some of Detroit’s leading professional musicians, recording artists and engineers. In addition to mentoring services, students have access to instruments and high-tech studio equipment to produce professional recordings of their original music.

The program’s innovative curriculum was developed in collaboration between MSU’s College of Music and College of Education with the goal of better preparing the students for college and careers.

Since its launch, hundreds of youth in Detroit have participated in Verses, which is offered free and funded by the Marshall Mathers Foundation and Michigan-based Carhartt.

 

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New Podcast Creation Tool Launches Globally – Classroom-appropriate Version to Be Made Available to Schools

 

 

 

Soundtrap, a Spotify company, announced that an education version of its new Soundtrap for Storytellers podcast creation tool introduced today will be available to teachers and students for use in the classroom. Like the Soundtrap online music recording studio, this simple tool supports STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) education initiatives while amplifying the student’s voice and developing essential skills such as creativity, critical thinking, communication and collaboration.

 

Equipped with a wide range of intuitive features, Soundtrap for Storytellers allows podcasters to focus on the art of storytelling by significantly reducing the time and investment typically needed to make podcasts sound professional. The full suite of services can be accessed via desktop, and a select set of recording and editing features is available on iOS and Android.

 

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How Music and Movement Can Help Kids Understand Math

 

 

The EU Research & Innovation Magazine

Staring at rows of numbers or formulas on a page can be off-putting for many children studying mathematics or science in school. But music, drawing and even body movement are providing promising new ways of teaching complex subjects to youngsters.

 

The strum of a violin string or beat of a drum might at first appear to have little to do with physics, fractions or angles. Indeed, science and artistic subjects like music have traditionally been treated entirely separately in education.

 

But researchers believe breaking down the arbitrary barriers between science and art could help pupils grasp tricky concepts more easily. It is leading to a new way of teaching that aims to combine science, technology, engineering, arts and math, collectively known as STEAM.

 

The iMuSciCA project is using music to teach secondary school children about difficult concepts like wave theory in physics and equations in mathematics. Students design a virtual musical instrument on a computer, where they can alter its physical properties to understand how that impacts the sound it produces.

 

“If they change the metal that a string is made of then the way the string vibrates and the waveform of the sound it produces is different,” explained Dr. Katsouros. “The students can see how the density of the material affects the sound and see the sound wave it produces. It can help them understand concepts like frequency and amplitude.” …

 

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https://phys.org/news/2019-05-music-movement-kids-maths.html

 

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We Can Move Education Forward With A Little STEAM

 

 

 

An interesting Op-Ed by Kerry Hart

 

Ever since the space race in the late 1950s there has been a concern about American students lagging behind the rest of the developed world in Science and Math. More recently, there has been a push to emphasize science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) in order for American students to compete globally.  And the value of STEM has been put into monetary incentives. During the Obama administration, former President Obama, speaking at a General Electric gas plant, said, “I promise you folks can make a lot more, potentially with skilled manufacturing or the trades than they might with an art history degree.”  While this comment only spoke to the monetary value of post-secondary education our second U.S. President, John Quincy Adams. Adams said, “I must study war and politics so that our sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy…in order to give their children the right to study painting, poetry, music, [and] architecture.”  The educational vision of John Quincy Adams more than 200 years ago, compared to the reality of today’s market value of education and training expressed by Barrack Obama, gives us pause to ponder where we’ve come from and where we’re going with our educational system.

 

Even in some of the traditional vocational programs that have evolved into what are called Career-Tech Education programs, students seeking degrees and certificates find an integration of the curriculum that requires creative thinking.  It has been with considerable thought that students are required to complete courses in general education that balance out the strict skill-development of the vocational courses.  Required painting courses, for example, are common for students pursuing a degree in auto collision repair. Creative thinking is not just a talent, but also a learned skill.

 

 

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The Positive Impact of Artificial Intelligence on the Music Industry

 

 

Just because music has been around for a long time doesn’t mean that the way we approach it remains the same.

 

As we evolve so does music and this has never been more applicable than today where cutting-edge technology including artificial intelligence (AI) has come to play a pivotal role in the music industry.

 

It is important to understand the role that AI plays in the music industry.  AI isn’t meant to replace artists, but rather to help them by helping write songs and understanding what listeners want.  This has been going on since the 1950s.

 

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Technology Helps Non-Verbal Kids Make ‘Star Wars’ Musical

 

 

There seems to be no end to the ways music and technology can help people.

 

The musical, called The Food Wars, uses the storyline of Star Wars with good and bad foods in a battle. To give a taste of the humor on the show, Luke Cauliflower is the good guy while Darth Vurgar is the baddie!

 

There are ten pupils involved in it, including 14-year-old Jessica Vasile as Yo Gurt and 13-year-old Lee Gibson — both of whom are non-verbal.

 

To enable the non-verbal pupils to communicate, a Voice Output Communication Device (VOCA) is used.

 

It’s an electronic device that has the power to ‘speak’ for the pupil. It also helps to improve the quality of the child’s life and can help them to communicate with others. iPads are also used.

 

A program called Snap and Core, which is an assistive communication aid that enables the pupils to voice their thoughts and communicate with others, is used.

 

Using touch screen, eye gaze or a mouse pad, the pupils can click on symbols. Once the symbol is pressed, the program will speak the word.

 

There are different voice options for the vocal output. Within Snap and Core, teachers and parents can customize the program to react to suit the pupil’s needs. Sentences can be programmed in to help pupils speed up the process when applicable.

 

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7 Organizations Committed To The Evolution Of Music Education

 

 

As with so much of the music industry, the world of music education is constantly growing and evolving to challenge the status quo. Here we look at seven different organizations that changing who people take on music education for the better.

At Texas Music Partners we are dedicated to providing a positive music and technology experience combined with a positive message that will help students find a creative passion. There is a cornucopia of music educators out there who are committed to challenging the status quo and creating an experience for their students that go above and beyond. Here are seven organizations that are changing the way people are approaching music education, and why they’re worth checking out.

 

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Promoting STEAM Mode of Education

 

 

 

A hematologist with the University of Cape Coast (UCC), Professor Ivy Ekem, has stated that the Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) mode which acknowledges all areas of study as important and integrated must be promoted in schools in the country.

 

“Everything is integrated, so must the teaching be, otherwise we raise engineers who cannot build anything or agricultural students who cannot farm and doctors who have no empathy,” she explained.

 

Addressing the 59th Speech and Prize-giving Day of the Mfantsiman Girls Senior High School at Saltpond at the weekend, Prof. Ekem said children must be encouraged to pursue their individual endowments and interests without being pushed into areas of study prejudiced as more important.

 

Prof. Ekem said the nation must make a definite move to change “our mode of education or continue to produce unemployable graduates or worse still, uncommitted employed graduates.”

 

She advised students, teachers, parents and the community as a whole to support build a better nation.

 

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