We've received a great video from Dr. Gregg Cannady, music teacher at the STEM Magnet Lab School at Colorado. Since almost one year, Gregg is using the Percussa AudioCubes and Mark Mosher's 9BOX methodology in his music class. The students are thrilled about the AudioCubes, as Dr. Gregg Cannady explains in the video:
"We program the AudioCubes to let them do what we want, and that can be to kick off sound clips…It is definitely problem-based learning. It can be very high tech, if the kids are ready for that, or it can be very simple."
"The kids can go with their phones and record something, and email me a sound clip, and I can drop it into this computer program, and we can build a composition around it. They seem to be very drawn to this technology. It somehow peeks their interest."
For those of you who don't know what STEM schools are, STEM is the acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. STEM schools are public schools which are becoming more and more popular in the US. The focus of the school is on experiential learning, problem-solving, creativity, critical thinking, and expanding cross-curricular skills. They want to challenge the students, system and the methods, like Dr. Gregg Cannady says in the video.
It is a public school where children are selected based on a lottery system. Students are not tested, they're just "drawn" as one of the teachers explains in the video.
Check out the video, and listen to what teachers and parents are saying about the STEM Magnet Lab School. The Percussa AudioCubes are shown throughout the whole video, and in detail at 8:51.
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