Tuesday, April 30, 2013

International Jazz Day & Education . resources

International Jazz day

And I continue to write about Arts education to celebrate today the International Jazz Day for the 2nd year. 

On April 30, 2012, UNESCO celebrated the 1st International Jazz Day

"This day is destined to raise awareness in the international community regarding jazz’s virtues as an educational tool, as a vehicle for peace, unity, dialogue, and for enhanced cooperation between peoples." 

Spurred by the success of the first celebration, UNESCO, in partnership with the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz (TMIJ) is organizing the second International Jazz Day on April 30th, 2013.

In April 2012, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock and TMIJ spearheaded and organized the historical events which took place around the world where jazz legends gathered together for key events at UNESCO’s Headquarters in Paris, at the United Nations’ Headquarters in New York, as well as at the emblematic Congo Square in New Orleans. 

From Algiers to Buenos Aires, from Kuala Lumpur to Warsaw, from Lomé to Santo Domingo, more than a hundred countries celebrated this day.

credits: UNESCO

Istambul is the official host city for 2013. Turkey has an age-old tradition of jazz.  Munir Ertegun, Turkish Republic’s first ambassador to Washington in the 1930s, opened his embassy’s parlors to African American jazz musicians, who gathered there to play freely in a socio-historical context which was deeply divided by racial segregation at the time. 

"Turkey welcomes the opportunity to host UNESCO’s International Jazz Day on 29-30 April, 2013, in Istanbul. On this occasion, we shall celebrate jazz music not only as a global language of human soul, but also that of more inclusive societies, mutually enhancing civilisations, and UNESCO ideals."

Jazz Day
credits: UNESCO

"Jazz has no boundaries. Our soul, our thoughts, our culture, our life reflects to music and it touches so many people's lives. On International #Jazzday, April 30, by all of us dedicating music with our passion in many different places, 
I am sure that all our energy will lead this earth to the direction for more peaceful world."

Some Activities to introduce jazz music at school:
  • Play video clips of jazz performances. Ask sutdents if they already knew jazz music; 
  • Play jazz recordings in your classroom. Discuss with your students what they do or don’t like about the music.
  • Decorate your classroom with jazz posters, or pictures of jazz artists. Ask students to complete the selection;
  • Encourage students to explore some of the many great jazz websites as BlueNote or online magazines as Jazzyz Magazine
  • Schedule a jazz-themed performance or concert by your school band or choir if you are a Music teacher;
  • Invite a local expert from a Voicational Jazz School to conduct the listening session or give a talk to your class;
  • Ask your students to draw or write about how jazz makes them feel or think;
  • Use one of the many lesson plans available at www.jazzinamerica.org if you are a not a Music teacher;
  • Have students research the local roots of jazz or visit the Vocatonal Jazz School in your town or city;
  • Ask your students to interview older relatives about their experiences with jazz music. Have students listen to their favorite songs and share the results with the class;
  • Have students write a skit or play based on the life of a great jazz musician.


  • The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz is to offer public school-based jazz education programs for young people around the world, helping students develop imaginative thinking, creativity, curiosity, a positive self image, and a respect for their own and others' cultural heritage;

  • The Jazz Education Network is dedicated to building the jazz arts community by advancing education, promoting performance, and developing new audiences;
  • PBS Kids for kids: games, videos, band, awards.
  • Watch the video below: Oran Etkin makes jazz music fun for kids. 

Teachers and students will embrace the opportunity to foster greater appreciation not only for the music but also for the contribution it can make to building more inclusive societies.

Jazz is not one day! You can schedule a "Jazz week" at your school. You and your students will have the time to develop different activities and share some good experiences.


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Sunday, April 28, 2013

International Dance Day at School : the power of dance !

New York City Ballet

Dance is a powerful expression. 
It speaks to earth and heaven.
It speaks of our joy, our fear and our wishes.
Dance speaks of the intangible, yet reveals the state of mind of a person and 
the temperaments and characters of a people.(...)

Lin Hwai-min, message
Founder/Artistic Director, Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan                                                

On April 29, 2013 International Dance Day, also known as World Dance Day, is celebrated every year through promotion by the International Dance Council (CID). 

The day was introduced in 1982 by the International Dance Committee of the UNESCO International Theatre Institute

The date was chosen to commemorate the birthday of Jean-Georges Noverre, who was born in 1727, a French dancer and ballet master and a great reformer of dance.

The annually observed World Dance Day should increase the awareness of the importance of dance among the general public. Its goal is also to persuade governments all over the world to provide a proper place for dance in all systems of education. 

Every year a message from a well known dance personality is circulated throughout the world. 

In 2013, ITI organized the celebration of the 31th Anniversary of International Dance Day on April, 25th at UNESCO in Paris, honoring one of the most talented dance artists of our time, the Taiwanese choreographer LIN Hwai-min.

Invited by the International Theatre Institute ITI, Lin Hwai-min, founder and artistic director of Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan, wrote the "2013 International Dance Day message". 

Cloud Gate Dancers

Lin will read it at the celebration event at Grande Halle de la Villette in Paris on the International Dance Day, April 29th, followed with performances of his works by Cloud Gate dancers.

"Honouring Lin Hwai-min with a Lifetime Achievement Award, the jury of the International Movimentos Dance Prize, Germany, considers him “a foremost innovator of dance” and that “Lin Hwai-min ranks amongst artists of the century such as William Forsythe, George Balanchine, Birgit Cullberg….”

The CID is a non-profit umbrella organization for all forms of dance in the world. It was founded in 1973 within the UNESCO headquarters and has its headquarters in Paris, France. CID advises the UNESCO, national and local government agencies, international organizations and institutions. Currently it is represented in over 120 countries.

Here it is Lin Hwai-min message:


in this digital age, images of movements take millions of forms. 
They are fascinating.
But, they can never replace dance because images do not breathe. 
Dance is a celebration of life.(...)

Lin Hwai-min, message

Beautiful message don't you think? So inspirational to students and teachers!

Whisper of Flowers
Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan

Dance is a fun and fresh integrative part in School curricula. School curricula without Arts (Music, Dance, Theater) will have very poor curricula. Young students will have an incomplete education.
I really debate often on my blog the importance of Arts at school education! Having a master on Music, I know how enjoyable it is my life with my education on Arts.
"In a world of extraordinary complexity, a premium is placed on one's ability to quickly process massive amounts of wildly varying types of information. Musical instruction helps young people develop the brain capacity to process a lot of information and to organize and present it."

Today, around the world, there will be many performances open-door-courses, exhibitions, articles concerning all kinds of dance, dance evenings, street shows, and special performances at schools, colleges, and of course out of doors. 

So, don't miss the opportunity to let your students express themselves by dancing in the school gardens, for example or at the recitation room.

Other links on my blog about Dance at school:

International Dance Day & Education

World Day Dance 2011 in school

Arts education : Dancing with Martha Graham & Google Arts & Culture

Fighting Kids Obesity... Dancing


Come, turn off your television, switch off your computer, and come to dance. 
Express yourself through that divine and dignified instrument, which is our body.
Come to dance and join people in the waves of pulses. 
Seize that precious and fleeting moment.
Come to celebrate life with dance.

Lin Hwai-min, message

A good and enjoyable World Dance Day to all!


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Friday, April 26, 2013

Conférence Le Jeu Sérieux 2013

La 4ème édition de la Conférence SeriousGame.be se tiendra le mardi 14 mai 2013 à Acinapolis Namur, Belgique.
"Les Serious Games, c’est-à-dire l’exploitation du jeu en contexte dit « sérieux » (sensibilisation, formation, marketing, etc.) se sont imposés comme des solutions efficaces et sont en plein essor! Il suffit de regarder la prolifération d’articles et d’événements sur le sujet pour s’en convaincre. 

De même, les exemples d’application ne cessent de se multiplier dans l’entreprise, l’enseignement, l’armée, le monde médical ou dans le domaine aérospatial.

Son potentiel est tel que de nombreux pays, comme le Canada ou la France, l’ont identifié comme un marché d’avenir et ont pris des mesures de soutien."

La derniére emission de SeriousGame.be (2012) a eu comme invité Marc Prensky.

Marc Prensky dont je vous ai parlé sur Digital Schools versus Digital Teachers ou Gaming to re-engage students in learning ou en exploitant ses idées partant de plusieurs citations de Prensky sur mon blog.

Marc Prensky, le célèbre inovateur, auteur, speaker, futuriste, consulteur et game designer de l'éducation et du learning mondial, l'un de mes premiers 'gurus'.

Mais, j'avais aussi écrit en 2010 We are the people we've been waiting for à propos d'un film qui nous parlait dejà en 2009 du grand changement à l'éducation.

“Digital culture has revolutionary implications for education that too few people grasp. Marc Prensky understands them better than anyone I know. His insights and clarity shine a powerful light on the deficiencies of education in the present and illuminate the extraordinary possibilities of the future.”

Sir Ken Robinson, The Element

  • Comment est née l’appellation serious game ? 
  • Quels sont les premiers jeux à avoir été appelés ainsi ? 
  • Qui en sont les pionniers ? 
Si vous pensez qu’il s’agit de questions vouées à demeurer en suspens, détrompez-vous ! Un groupe de chercheur français s’est proposé d’y répondre via un article scientifique instructif.

L’article « Origin of Serious Games » est directement consultable sur ce lienIl est également possible de commander l’ouvrage complet sur le site de l’éditeur.

Mais revenons à la Conférence Serious Games 2013.
Les partenaires de SeriousGame.be vous ont concocté un programme mêlant interventions thématiques (techniques, pratiques, financières, pédagogiques, autres) et présentations de réalisations orientées formation et éducation (edugames, learning games, simulation, ...).

Cette année, la présentation des résultats d’une étude sur le Serious Game par Marcel Lebrun, Professeur, UCL
À retenir:
Les inscriptions sont ouvertes! Comme chaque année, cette conférence vous permettra de prendre connaissance des dernières évolutions, rencontrer des prestataires et mieux comprendre l’univers du jeu sérieux: ses atouts, bonnes pratiques et outils.
La journée est entièrement gratuite, mais l’inscription est obligatoire! Les inscriptions son ouvertes et la clôture se fera mercredi 8 mai à minuit. Vous pouvez vous inscrire en ligne ici
Consultez le progrannne complet ici

Venue ici
La conférence sera retransmise live streaming, c’est-à-dire en direct live sur Internet. 
Le tout sera enregistré et disponible en ligne par la suite (cf. les archives 20102011 et 2012);
L' accueil dès 9h et drink de clôture à 16h15
hashtag de l’événement #SG13
Et aussi Facebook, ou Google + pour avoir des infos plus précises ou partager des idées.


Le jeu sérieux a ici place à l'enseignement secondaire et professionnel. 

À lire "Les sciences cognitives jettent un pont entre éducation et jeux sérieux" de Elena Pasquinelli

Revue d’Intelligence Artificielle (RIA), volume 25, n°2 2011. Sous la direction de Jérôme Dupire, Jean-Marc Labat et Stéphane Natkin, ce volume intitulé "Jeu sérieux, révolution pédagogique ou effet de mode ?", propose 6 articles questionnant les enjeux et problèmes soulevés par les serious games.

"Avec le succès grandissant des "Serious Games" pour des thématiques de plus en plus variées, nombreux sont les créateurs à s'interroger sur la manière de créer de tels "jeux vidéo à vocation utilitaire"


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Thursday, April 25, 2013

'Girls' in ICT Day 2013

And today, April 25, we celebrate Girls in ICT Day. It is celebrated on the 4th Thursday of every April and it is an initiative started by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) that aims to empower and encourage girls and young women to consider careers in the sector of technology. 

The purpose of the day is to inspire action and identify workable solutions at the European and global level that would address the issue of the female leaking pipeline in ICT training and careers.

This year the European Commission, the European Parliament and the ITU are joining forces to ensure the maximum visibility for advancing the cause of getting more women into technology. 

A discussion of the European-level agenda for advancing the cause of "Women in ICT" during the parliamentary hearing will have two angles: 

  • Professional women in ICT careers 
  • ICT skills for ICT jobs

Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the European Commission and Commissioner in charge of Digital Agenda, and the ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun Touré will deliver statements on girls and women in ICT during the hearing.

Today, 25 April around 80 Belgium girls are meeting in Brussels, from 09:00 to 16:00 to imagine life in 2050.
The girls will imagine they wake up on 25 April 2050, in a digital world and see the news. What are the "headlines"? What does the world look like?
The girls will work in groups and come up with and present a news bulletin. They will then identify necessary milestones from today to 2050 to make their news a reality.

The results of the session will feed back to Futurium and the participants will have the opportunity to further shape their Futures online.
This interactive brainstorming event is organised by the Digital Futures Taskforce, the European Commission and the International Telecoms Union to celebrate the "International Girls in ICT Day" to get every Girl Digital.

This activity can be done at school. Girls and teachers may interact on this interesting brainstorming event.

Share examples of innovative solutions which aim at getting more girls and women into ICT jobs!

Join the discussions on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter (#girlsdigital)  

Level: Secondary; Vocational; Higher Education.

As part of the event, the European Parliament will host a debate on Women in ICT, dealing with women in ICT careers and with skills development. 

  • Key parts of the discussion will include: 
  • The stereotypical portrayal of girls and women in the media, 
  • Industry's responsibility for driving the change in the ICT sector, 
  • Digital skills, 
  • The business case for getting more women to work in ICT.

This is a way to raise visibility and build widespread support for women in ICT careers on a  local, national, and global scale. And if you are doing something worthy at your level, Digital Agenda would like to know! 

Watch the debate live via webstreaming, at 15.00 - 17.30 on 25 April. A final draft agenda is published here


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