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About the Virtual Choir – Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir The Virtual Choir is a global phenomenon, creating a user-generated choir that brings together singers from around the world and their love of music in a new way through the use of technology. Singers record and upload their videos from locations all over the world. Each one of the videos is then synchronised and combined into one single performance to create the Virtual Choir. It began in 2009 as a simple experiment in social media when one young woman – a fan of Eric’s music – recorded a video of herself singing “Sleep” and shared it on YouTube. The Virtual Choir has been like a drop of water on the surface of a still lake, rippling the musical and online landscape to reach millions. At TED 2013, Eric conducted a real-time Live Virtual Choir, performing live from 28 countries around the globe, alongside a 100 person-strong choir on stage, streamed live through Skype. The first-ever Virtual Youth Choir launched in 2014 featuring 2,292 young singers from 80 countries across the world.

How classrooms look around the world — in 15 amazing photographs To mark last month’s World Teachers’ Day (sponsored by UNESCO , the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), photographers from Reuters took pictures around the world of educators with their students in a telling exhibit of the very different circumstances under which children attend school. Here are 15 pictures taken by Reuters photographers, revealing the spectrum of “classrooms” — from those with literally no resources to those well-stocked and housed. Teacher Mahajera Armani and her class of girls pose for a picture at their study open area, founded by Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC), outside Jalalabad city, Afghanistan September 19, 2015. Class one children aged between six and seven years old pose for pictures in their classroom at Gifted Hands Educational Centre in Kenya’s Kibera slum in the capital Nairobi, September 16, 2015. A class at Tyburn Primary School in Chatsworth, Durban, South Africa, September 15, 2015. local answer-sheet true

12 Old-Fashioned Insults We Should Bring Back With the help of social media, slang words and phrases can gain momentum around the globe in what feels like mere minutes. But trendy terms were making splashes long before YouTubers were stanning guyliner-wearing pop stars who slay all day and woke Gen Z-ers were tweeting their hot takes about fake news, mansplaining, and more. In a new study, digital subscription service Readly analyzed data from its magazine archives to identify some popular terms from years past and present and pinpoint exactly when they stopped appearing in print. View Readly’s full timeline of terms here, and read on to find out which insults were our favorites. 1. This alternate form of loathsome, meaning “repulsive,” had an impressive run as an insult for nearly 900 centuries, starting in 1099 and not falling out of public favor until 1945. 2. According to the Merriam-Webster entry, purblind originally meant “blind” during the 1400s, and later became a way to indicate shortsightedness or lack of insight. 3. 4. 5.

Five-Minute Film Festival: Classroom Makeovers to Engage Learners Most educators have little choice about the (usually) over-crowded, (often) unappealing rooms they teach in -- but they intuitively know that the spaces children spend their time in can have an effect on how they learn. I've gathered a collection of videos to explore the questions: How important is environment to learning? And what small changes can you make in seating, organization, lighting, and decor to build your own space into a better place to teach and learn? Video Playlist: Innovative Learning Spaces Watch the player below to see the whole playlist, or view it on YouTube. Flexible Learning Environments (04:02) Students and teachers at Eanes Independent School District in Austin, Texas, talk about the district's experiment with creating classrooms of the future to foster 21st-century skills at all grade levels. More Resources on Learning Spaces Ready to roll up your sleeves and re-think your classroom space before the school year starts?

International Society of Musicians for Artwhistling Performed whistling is not a new idea, but its role has been rather limited. Since the days of music hall & vaudeville, it has rarely ventured beyond imitating singing or birds, while appreciated chiefly in terms of novelty. Finally in the 1990s, a few individuals began to coalesce around a different model — one based on the music community at large and how all instruments are approached. By adapting the same attitude toward our own whistling, many have discovered much broader possibilities. Add to this the fact that human whistling is costless, convenient to practice, and immediately accessible to every human being, and that is why we believe this idea of art-music-oriented-whistling, or artwhistling, is potentially useful for anyone interested in art music; even if used as only a secondary, tertiary, or quaternary musical skill. Our Society (below) began as a humble e-forum in 1999 and was formally founded in 2002 as a voluntary association of musicians dedicated to this idea. Join Us

For World Teachers' Day, A Look At What Classrooms Look Like Across The Globe This Is Why VSCO Girls Keep Saying "Sksksksk" Imagine walking in on this conversation: "And then I dropped my Hydro Flask." "Sksksksksk." "And I oop." You might be confused, especially if you're over the age of 18 and don't spend much time in the same social media circles as high schoolers. "Sksksksk" has become the rallying cry of VSCO girls across the land. "Sksksksk" is a phrase that's mostly typed, sort of like mashing your keyboard as an exclamation. As far as keyboard mashes go, it's a good one. Verbally, you're more likely to hear "sksksksksk" out loud (tip: start to say "sky," but drop the "y," and repeat) from someone mocking VSCO girls. But sksksksk didn't start with VSCO girls. Before VSCO girls were even a thing, sksksksk was also associated with the "stan community." A stan is someone who devotedly, purely, unironically loves something. This has all even sparked a small (but not entirely serious) rivalry. AND I- OOP AND SKSKSK WAS A STAN TWITTER THING UNTIL THE VSCO GIRLS TAINTED IT FUCK YALL 04:40 PM - 28 Aug 2019

Mega Seating Plan - Create Random or Organized Seating Charts Mega Seating Plan is a free tool developed by a teacher for teachers. The purpose of Mega Seating Plan is to help you create seating charts from a spreadsheet of names. To create a seating chart in Mega Seating Plan simply import a spreadsheet of names, indicate where seats will be placed in your classroom, and then let Mega Seating Plan randomly assign students to seats. You can quickly alter the seating chart by dragging and dropping names on the chart. Mega Seating Plan also has a random name selector tool built into it. Applications for EducationMega Seating Plan could provide you with a quick way to shuffle the seating plans in your classroom.

Sleevage » Music, Art, Design. 30 Of The Most Powerful Images Ever A picture is worth a thousand words, but not all pictures are created equal. These pictures are powerful. They are gripping and unforgettable because of the volumes they speak about the human condition – about some of the best and worst moments of contemporary human existence. We should warn our readers that some of these pictures may upset them, while others may fill them with joy. But that’s precisely because these images reflect some of the best and worst parts of the human experience and world events. Our post of must-see photos from the past described our history while these photos, for the most part, describe our present – our suffering and our triumphs, our perseverance and our failures, our compassion and our hatred, our intelligence and our stupidity. Some of these photographs may mean more to some of our readers than to others. P.S: we always try our best to credit each and every photographer, but sometimes it’s impossible to track some of them. 1. Image credits: Mike Wells 2.

14 Latin Words and Phrases for the Modern World You don’t have to know the precise grammar rule behind the sentence Me went to the store to know that it’s wrong—but you probably learned it in school, even if you don’t remember it. Object pronouns like me can’t be used as subjects; it should be the subject pronoun I. In other cases, you probably don’t even realize that there is a grammatical explanation behind why a certain sentence or phrase sounds wrong. Big, red machine sounds much better than Red, big machine, right? As Inc. reports, that’s because we automatically use adjectives in a really specific order. In his lovely, rectangular book The Elements of Eloquence, Mark Forsyth illustrates that order with this example: Lovely little old rectangular green French silver whittling knife. Here’s the full breakdown: 1. If you significantly alter that order, you might make it difficult for your listeners or readers to even understand the meaning. It also slightly reorders Forsyth’s categories, as you can see below: 1. [h/t Inc.]

Can Class Participation Be Taught? Class participation has bothered me since I graded a set of midterm exams from my first solo-taught course. As I sat down to read through those signature blue books, I felt anxious about how my students would perform. Had they learned anything? At the end of the stack, however, I came across an exam that has stuck with me. I had to read her exam three times. After that experience, I started to wonder: is participation really that important if a student is clearly capable of learning the material without speaking in class? However, is it fair to say that the pedagogical reason for encouraging dialogue comes down to simply wanting to “lecture less”? Reading Pandika’s blog and discussing it with Professor Fisher reminded me of my introverted, but nonetheless engaged and intelligent student. To this end, I have decided to make class participation a more important part of my teaching rather than less.

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