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Remembering Mort Schindel 

Stepping into the colorful book mobile parked in front of the main steps of Teachers College, I stumble across Clifford, of all creatures. Big, red, and furry, for real. Bigger, in fact, than the person whom I really came to see -- Mr. Morton Schindel, distinguished alumnus (M.A, audiovisual education, 1946) and founder of Weston Woods, …

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Virtual Reality at the Library 

Every day, a physical copy of the New York Times is available to patrons at the Gottesman libraries. If you get the paper delivered to you, you may have been as excited as we were to find that something special had come along with the Saturday paper two weeks ago. This edition of the weekend paper came …

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Values and Learning Modalities 

“Pass It On” TV commercials from Values.com were the experimental learning modality used at the monthly meeting of the Socratic Conversations on Thursday, September 18th.  In Lights! Camera!! Values!!? the group explored their basic values by responding to one-minute dramatic pieces on significant themes, like believing in yourself (courage and perseverance), making a difference (generosity …

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Scalar: The next big thing in scholarly publishing? 

To all those following our commentaries on open access, e-books, the scholarly communication crisis, and educational technologies, there is a new platform out there that touches on all of these while tossing in a taste of the Semantic Web and information visualization too. The Alliance for Networking Visual Culture recently released Scalar, described as a …

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125th Anniversary: Call for Actors 

Do you have a talent for acting that is going unused? Maybe you do and you don't even know it. Maybe you just want to give it a shot. For Teachers College's 125th, EdLab is producing a series of short (2 minute, slightly humorous video re-enactments of major events in Teachers College history. The films …

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Using Vialogues in Your Classroom 

If you are searching for an interactive video social media space to help your classroom actively (and digitally) debate theoretical concepts that emerge when watching video, look no further than EdLab's own Vialogues software. A combination of the words "video" and "dialogue," Vialogues is an interactive social media tool developed specifically for educators looking to …

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Great Video Tutorials for Blackboard 9.1 

The library has rolled out a new version of the learning management system (LMS) Blackboard, through which a substantial number of courses at Teachers College, both online and on site, are offered.  Blackboard 9.1 (also called Blackboard Learn) replaces the version of the LMS, Blackboard 8, that's been in place for some years. There are …

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First as Tragedy, Then as Farce 

A friend sent me the link to watch this YouTube video made by RSA Animate, who has, in this case, set Slavoj Zizek's "First as Tragedy, Then as Farce" lecture to animation.  I post this here not to compel our readers to question harmful (merely arguably!) capitalist tactics for selling "save the planet," but because …

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Need some mid-summer inspiration? 

The summer solstice may just have occurred, but to me it sure feels as if the summer has been full swing for a while now. Maybe you're taking some summer classes or working on your thesis or dissertation and could use a little inspiration. Or maybe the mid-summer doldrums have struck, and you're trying to …

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Learning through Technology 

Background MuseAmi develops iPhone apps that allow you to correct your pitch and produce music. I was interested in how these applications "level the playing" field for new music creators. MuseAmi creator, Bob Taub, has plans to continue developing the tool so it will translate what you sing into musical notation. They hope that the …

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Moving from the Formal to Informal  ☆

Background Sophie and I met at a course in CCTE at Teachers College. At first I was drawn to Sophie's story because of her improvisational band, Forma. As I got to know her she told me about her classical piano training. I decided to focus on her evolution as a musician: in particular, I was …

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Learning by Doing 

Background I know Jace Clayton through my wife, who is also a musician. Jace has been DJ-ing for over 20 years. When I interviewed him I thought it was really interesting that DJ-ing, for him, was both a personal and social activity. Jace learned how to DJ through one session with a friend and from …

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Learning through Cultural Immersion 

Background I’ve lived abroad for a good portion of my adult life and have always felt that no class has influenced me as much as those experiences have. But how does cultural immersion affect a learning process? Often times I've discovered it does in intangible ways. However, there is potential for a more quantifiable experience …

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Do it Yourself 

Background I met Caroline Paquita while living in Gainesville, Florida. I wanted to capture the way she learned how to play bass and how it relates to how she learned to create art. Caroline’s style and ethos is very do-it-yourself and I think she has some interesting things to say about the dedication necessary to …

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Learning by Teaching 

Background Megan Miller is an accomplished opera singer who was introduced to opera by a teacher when she was in high school. She studied at The Juilliard School and has taught opera for the past nine years. Teaching with the Video Megan stresses the importance of teaching in her development as an opera singer. What …

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Indirect Education 

Background I interviewed two music therapists who work with autistic children. Their students don't necessarily learn chord progression or how to play a song, but rather the priority is to learn essential skills: like motor skills, or how to interact with other students. Teaching with Video While we can think about the purpose of learning …

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Learning by Playing 

Background Traveling through the subways in NYC, you often hear the underground echoing with live music. Sometimes I can't wait to get away from it, but often I am surprised by the quality of the musicianship. Where did these talented artists come from? Where did they learn their trade? Born in Tunisia, Najib Bahri is …

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Keeping at It 

Background Since high school Phil Gordon has been in numerous bands and each has its own interesting story. I was particularly interested in his band Spinal Tap (before the mockumentary came out). He currently plays in a cover band, the Thigh Highs. Teaching with the Video Teachers could use this video in high school classrooms …

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Improv at Teachers College 

Background Improvisational music education sounds like an oxymoron to me. I never thought much about the inspiration to play improvisation, but I did assume that it was something that was simply created and not taught. That's why I was so intrigued to find out that Teachers College puts on an improvisational music camp every summer. …

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Formal Music Training 

Background Claudio has a background in formal music education. He attended Berklee College of Music and now plays percussion in a jazz band. In his interview he explains that he learned the most he ever learned about music while he was in school. He also focuses on how he continues to develop as a musician …

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