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  • During my interview with Chris one topic was the school musicals. He explained that over time, musical productions were focused from a school wide production to grade level productions. Our focus of conversation was the 4th-8th grade productions due to the amount of tech and behind the scenes work done by students. Chris estimates that out of about 110 kids involved in productions, 30 of them are involved in tech and stage crew. “Kids are learning to run the light board, the spotlight, and to program lighting cues into the computer.” At any given time there are 6 to 8 kids trained to run the light or sound board that have been handpicked and have been observers the year before. Having the kids observe the process the year before gives them time to not only learn the technology but respect it as well. Overall, students at Don Riggio have an immense respect for the technology and for getting the task done. Nearly all setup, lighting, sound, cuing, and stage managing is done live by students.

  • Chris Anderson, Anthony Kolafa, and I had fun discussion about the possibilities of using Facetime in the music program. Band director Chris Anderson loves that so far, it is bringing Band music across the school to kids who otherwise might not have that experience. “I think it will be a great recruiting tool” says Chris. He went on to talk about expanding to other classrooms and his dream of connecting Bands from different schools from a different campus via Facetime. “It’s something I’ve always wanted to do and I think now were getting close to having the technology.” We discussed possibilities as well as troubleshooting different scenarios. One idea was to do a live feed to the classroom of me doing a demonstration of bass and guitar or even a tour of Ex’pression itself. The discussion is on going and I’ll continue to update. Feel free to leave suggestions of your own!

  • On my About the Project page I mentioned the use of iPads between classrooms to connect two classes remotely. After visiting Don Riggio and seeing the process first hand I’d like to explain exactly how it works. I […]

  • I recently sat down with band teacher Chris Anderson and talked about the evolution of technology and the arts at Don Riggio. Currently I am transcribing the audio. More to follow

  • The Don Riggio School student tech crews run like clockwork. This morning the two student crew emerged like Wonka’s Oompa Loompas showing great enthusiasm for the task at hand despite it being the early hour of 7:30. Andrew and Anwar promptly began setting up the P.A. system on the hill for the 8:00 friday morning flag salute. 1

  • Don Riggio school is a school of choice in the Lincoln Unified School District of Stockton, CA. It started life as Pacific Middle School and has always put an emphasis on visual and performing arts. Since changing name and location, the way students are involved in the arts has evolved. As an Alumni of both Pacific and Don Riggio I experienced the growth and transition first hand. At Pacific School we were introduced to the “Arts Block” which was an hour long period everyday. I remember these classes rotated so that everyone did each class at least once which was great until we had to do tap dancing. After moving and becoming Don Riggio, the Arts Block program changed. Your selected class became yearlong and contributed to school musicals in someway whether it be on stage or behind the scenes.

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  • Jeff Anderson changed their profile picture 7 years, 9 months ago

  • I just got a cheap little banjo and thought I’d test it out a bit. Heres a little “Superstition.”

  • ThumbnailAs I talk about in my “About Me” page, my grandpa Chuck was a wood shop teacher. Since he passed I’ve inherited the wood shop and have been creating projects that represent the rustic style he loved so much.

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