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Landfill Harmonic – Musical Instruments Constructed From Trash

Throughout my academic career I’ve had professorial colleagues who have complained about stupid and lazy students who don’t belong in college.  They have taken it upon themselves to turn their courses into flunk out machines.  At my most recent previous school, I was instructed to fail 30% of my students in a certain accounting majors class.

I’ve always rejected such a notion.  In my experience, students show they are eager to learn if they receive but a bit of encouragement from a caring professor.

Someone is making a movie about people in Cateura, Paraguay creating musical instruments from discarded trash retrieved from a landfill.  That’s correct, a garbage dump.

The documentary–Landfill Harmonic— is a project in progress.  They are accepting donations that will allow completing the film.  The project is supported by people such as Alexandra Nash (ex-wife of NBA player Steve Nash).

Check it out.

P.S.–Here’s a nice update.

by David Albrecht

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At Least He’s not Facebooking During Class

Professors across the the country and around the world struggle with fighting student distraction in an age of BYOD (bring your own device).

In the following clip, a student goes retro in a very funny way.

I’m old enough to have been there and done that.

by David Albrecht

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New Tech for the Classroom

I want this new supercharged ipad.  I say that I want it for the classroom, but actually I want it for a toy.  To purchase it for me, please e-mail me and I’ll send you the shipping address.

The video is of a German Candid Camera type show, starring Simon Pierro.  When viewing the video, make sure to click on the ‘CC” button at the bottom of the video window, this will turn on English captions.

by David Albrecht

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A Professor Who Is Savvy in Social Media

Yesterday I was informed of a nice honor.  I was on a list of the 50 Most Social Media Savvy Professors in America.

I have written, both here and on The Summa, about the importance of integrating social media into the work life.  Whether a person is a professor, student, or business professional, using social media can make one both more efficient and more effective.

Am I deserving of such an honor?  Absolument pas!  Perhaps I’m only #500.

However, I’m grateful for being recognized. Thanks.

by David Albrecht

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iCreativity

Q and his high tech gadgets.

The essence of education, in my humble opinion, is for students to play around with new-to-them things and push past boundaries.  Imagination and creativity are the keys to learning.  Q knew it, and James Bond always was the better for it.

Heard about some videos.  I have no skills with this tech stuff, but I can marvel when others show off.  Every video shown here today has gone viral, proving that others find them marvelous.

The first video is called “iPhone Pocket Guitar: Metallica, Nothing Else Matters,” posted to YouTube in 2008.  It shows the possibilities of musical iPhone apps.  Viral meter:  2.3 million hits.

Also from 2008 is the iPhone Band, performing something aptly titled, “iPhone Band.”  Viral meter: 5.5 million hits.

Now fast forward 2½ years, and let’s see how well people have learned to use this new musical medium.  Here are some North Point musicians playing 2010 Christmas music, titled “North Point’s iBand.”  Apparently they are using borrowed iPhones and iPads.  Viral meter:  2.8 million hits.

I’m envious.  None of my students has ever done something like this in one of my classes.  I’m cool.  There’s always time for a display of coolness.  Isn’t that what education is all about?

by David Albrecht

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