I have 36 years experience in K-12 education. I have been fortunate to work in many different roles including teacher, department head, ICT consultant, IT Manager and CIO.
Personal interests include performing in the Venturi Winds woodwind quintet, the Cambridge Symphony and the KW Community Orchestra as well as composing and arranging music.
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Last week, friend and fellow educator Stephen Hurley reached out to me so do a spontaneous chat on VoicEd radio to celebrate International Clarinet Day (Nov. 16). I readily accepted. Music is a strong connection that Stephen and I share so this was a great opportunity to connect around this passion.
As a musician, tech enthusiast and educator, I have always hoped a time would come that it would be possible to rehearse, jam or perform live over the internet with people in different locations in affordable ways. With all the technology development over the last couple of decades, the time is now.
In this podcast with my long time friend, musician and fellow educator Bob Duff, we share reflections on our journey to the Jamulus software and our experiences along the way to piano (Bob) and clarinet (me) online live synchronous music making.
You know the drill … grab a cup of your favourite coffee brew and enjoy the conversation!
This session of the Virtual Coffee Shop podcast features a conversation with Anita Brooks Kirkland, Jane Mitchinson and Jen Taylor exploring the idea of education co-existing with covid-19. There are many implications to consider with K-12 education in September 2020, virtual libraries, use of technology, collaboration, equity and change of practice to name a few.
Pour a cup of your favourite coffee bean brew and enjoy the conversation with Anita, Jen and Jane.
This Virtual Coffee Shop podcast is a follow up to to this podcastwith Shannon Clark recorded one year ago after meeting Shannon in April 2019.
In this episode I am joined by Shannon’s daughter Mackenzie who shares a classroom perspective on using the Balanced Cafe app and the http://www.4theluvoffood.com website with her grade 8 students. New features in the app are also highlighted.
It is really nice to see a project and goal come together. Grab a cup of your favourite brew, or perhaps an iced coffee at this time of year and enjoy the podcast with Shannon and Mackenzie.
Today’s episode of the Virtual Coffee Shop podcast features an interview with Sue Kwiecien, the inspirational lead of Cube for Teachers ( https://cubeforteachers.com/ ). In our conversation we explore the history, philosophy and upcoming new features for the site and ever growing international user community.
You know the drill … grab a cup of your favourite brew and enjoy the conversation.
The COVID-19 situation is certainly a unique scenario for us all to experience. I hope you are healthy and safe where ever you are.
I have been impressed with the amount of positive sharing of suitable activities for families and children. I also have noticed the generosity of many companies who have offered free or reduced price access to their products. Of particular interest to me is in the music arena, where Moog, Korg, Roland, Arturia and many others have provided an interesting selection of apps as an example.
As I have been learning the apps and enjoying the wide range of capabilities and sounds, I decided to create some 1.5 to 2 minute musical soundscapes that could serve as prompts for drawing or painting a picture, telling a story,video, creating movement/dance, or perhaps using it in a new creative musical context.
There are 3 samples currently available for listening/download and I will continue to add 1 or 2 more samples each week. [Click here] to access the files.
If you would like to share your creation with me, please leave a comment with a link to your creation.
For the past 2 and a half years I have been fortunate to work with the staff and students at Mamawmatawa Holistic Education Centre at Constance Lake First Nation (2 Musko Rd, Ontario P0L 1B0) in a variety of capacities.
Last year I was honoured to team up with Melissa Lavoie with the Walk With Us project and bring together many interesting learning elements together. It was an amazing experience all around and will always be a very special memory for me.
Have a listen to the podcast to learn about Walk with Us and our process, then check out the the student work and elder interviews by clicking the Walk With Us graphic below.