Today the tag line that follows my blog title “Teaching with technology in a Gr. 7/8 classroom means sometimes you fly by the seat of your pants.” was relived-in a positive light. The Idea Hive, heading into another year, was set for our first Skype call at 10:55 EST. While my teaching partner, Clarence Fisher, in Snow Lake, Manitoba, has very patiently tolerated the many snow days, and therefore class cancellations, we’ve put him and his students through over the past few years, I’m sure he (well, no one actually) expected today’s potential cancellation due to fog and bus delays, that almost offset our first classroom connection.
Actually, it was perfect! It gave me time to train two of my students, Jake and Riley, to run and broadcast the event live from our internet radio station, 105theHive which I’d thought of while setting up this morning (there’s that “flying by the seat of your pants” mantra). They were awesome!
They had a 30 min. crash course on how to run Nicecast, then shown the link to CentovaCast as they loved the ability to see where listeners were tuning in from. They figured it out. Kids are like that with technology. And by the time the students arrived and were directed into the largest classroom that could hold all 80 +, we were right on time. Trust your students to run the technology and the show; it gives them a chance to demonstrate initiative, responsibility and …well, they are just darn proud of themselves!
Using the link below to jump over to the Idea Hive to view more pics and listen to the broadcast recorded live today.
Over spring break, the Gleneagle Music Department will be headed south to Los Angeles and theHeritage Music Festival, where we brought home many awards and recognitions four years ago (when the festival was held in New York City).
Students in Gleneagle’s bands, choir, and vocal jazz ensembles will be taking in not only the elite musical showcase at the festival, but also the wilds of Disneyland, Universal Studios, and the California Beach (not to mention temperatures approaching 30 Celsius ), and will be bringing home no shortage of laughter and memorable experiences to be shared in car rides home from YVR and into the rest of the spring semester.
But we hope to be sharing some of our adventures and performances with our audience on the Music at Gleneagle blog, as well as Twitter, Youtube, Flickr, and K12 distributed web radio station 105 the Hive, based in Ontario, Canada.
The Music Department will also be updating its Twitter profile with more sporadic 140 character posts and pictures, which you can view and follow here, www.twitter.com/gleneaglemusic. Recordings and videos will be shared here on the blog, but we will also be streaming recordings and audio post cards live from the festival and hotel on 105 the Hive Radio for Learning, which you can listen to by visiting their website:http://www.105thehive.org/listen.
Stay tuned to the Gleneagle Twitter account to hear about upcoming live broadcasts.
Some memorable tour moments shared on the blog in the last few years:
We hope to be sharing more and adding to this list in just over a week, and hope you can join us!
With the entire school tuning in, the Gr. 7/8 class took control of the stream Feb. 28 as they began the first of many student broadcasts on 105thehive. As the twitter stream ran on the board, students experienced the thrill of being joined by a global audience. Following their first three broadcasts where they showcased their music projects, students presented live shows based on their studies in science, interviewed local radio hosts and a veterinarian, during a live War of 1812 re-enactment on a farm in Tillsonburg, ON, and guided their Gr. 1 schoolmates.
Turnberry Central closed its doors this past June, so it was fitting our last show featured students sharing their favourite memories at Turnberry. This fall the gr. 7/8 students will join the student body at F.E. Madill where we’ll continue to broadcast, providing opportunities for a new group of emerging radio hosts. Hope you’ll tune in. Better yet, bring your students into this learning space.