After the Rough Cut critique we’ve decided to take the documentary in a different direction. At this point the most doable approach would be to investigate why Don Riggio has been able to maintain such a strong arts program through extreme budget cuts in schools and the arts. In the next couple of weeks we will be talking to teachers and administrators about the struggles of maintaining arts in the schools and weather or not these struggles are transparent to the kids.
The goal of this project is to push the limits of technology for learning. Chris, Anthony and I have talked about conducting experiments by doing remote lessons from Emeryville to Stockton. This is exciting to me because of the unsolved logistics in setting up a remote lesson that includes clear visual and audio components. Because of this, I myself get to help in developing how this technology is used in schools and thats pretty cool!
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Students at both Don Riggio and T.C.K middle school are currently working on a build your own instrument project. Students are encouraged to take two instruments from a different family and combine them in a drawing. These projects will soon be shared between the two campuses via Facetime. Hoping for screen shots from the session. Photos to come!
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The band and classroom music students have already expanded into each other’s worlds via Face time. Now, classroom music students have expanded their audience by sending live classroom performances to the office. A student “music drone” was sent down to the office to broadcast back to the classroom. So far, this has been the farthest distance for the “Music Drone” experiment. More from Chris Anderson later on how to further expand beyond the classroom.