Sunday, November 6, 2011

It Starts With Me

I was invited to contribute a new original song based on Digital Citizenship to help launch Media Literacy Week in Manitoba. During our planning sessions, a number of different ideas including the use of digital media, social justice and student voice began to emerge. I began to compose the song and enlisted the music teacher at Stevenson-Britannia School along with a selection of Grade 4/5 students to contribute their voices and ideas to our song. The planning committee decided on - Digital We - as the title and focus of their launch and we added the tagline - It Starts With Me. I recorded the voices and instruments, and had the song produced, mixed and mastered in a studio. My colleague and friend, Andy McKiel, then produced a video to accompany our project. A selection of students presented the song to help launch Media Literacy Week in Manitoba, and they were excited to explain their own personal responsibility and perspective on Digital Media, Social Justice and Student Voice.

Digital We - It Starts With Me!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

We Can Do It!

I applied for and received an innovative grant to develop a song mosaic to celebrate and promote literacy learning. I enlisted the teachers and students in our Grade 2/3 classes and we began to discuss the purpose of reading and writing. I composed and arranged the song based on the responses and ideas of the students and organized the melodies around the Optimal Learning Model (I Do It, We Do it, You Do It). This project was a collaborative process and was very exciting for everyone involved.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Community Unity

Community Unity is an original song mosaic and video created by Brooklands Elementary School in Winnipeg, Manitoba and Kelsey Community School in The Pas, Manitoba to compare and contrast the similarities and differences, highlights and struggles that make their communities unique. This collaborative project serves as a catalyst to create an authentic and meaningful connection between communities using music and technology.