Sunday, April 30, 2017

Schools ! Celebrate the International Jazz Day playing !

International Jazz Day 2017

"Today, we celebrate the international art form of jazz and its power to promote dialogue among cultures, to make the most of diversity, to deepen respect for human rights and all forms of expression."

Irina Bokova, Director-general of UNESCO

The sixth annual International Jazz Day, is celebrated worldwide on April 30, 2017.

International Jazz Day celebrates jazz music as a tool for making connections between people around the world. Through the magic of collective improvisation, jazz allows both listeners and performers to get to know each other, no matter their language or what country or culture they come from.

Havana, Cuba, will serve as the International Jazz Day 2017 Global Host City.


International Jazz Day

Many acclaimed musicians and educators from Cuba and around the world will participate in free jazz performances, master classes, improvisational workshops, jam sessions and community outreach initiatives. 

Programs will take place at schools, arts venues, community centers, jazz clubs and parks across the city of Havana and throughout Cuba beginning on Monday, April 24th and leading up to the festivities on April 30th.  

Additionally, jazz history and education programs will be provided for tens of thousands of students in over 11,000 schools across Cuba. These programs will be among the thousands of International Jazz Day live performances, educational activities, and community service programs taking place in more than 190 countries on all continents.

The day will culminate with an All-Star Global Concert presented at the Gran Teatro de La Habana Alicia Alonso, under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture of Cuba, the Cuban Institute of Music and the Cuban National Commission for UNESCO. 

The concert will be live streamed by UNESCO and will feature an extraordinary array of artists from around the world paying tribute to the international art form of jazz.


  • "Jazz is an expression of creativity and diversity"

Jazz breaks down barriers and creates opportunities for mutual understanding and tolerance;

  • Jazz is a vector of freedom of expression;

  • Jazz is a symbol of unity and peace;

  • Jazz reduces tensions between individuals, groups, and communities;

  • Jazz fosters gender equality

  • Jazz reinforces the role youth play for social change;

  • Jazz encourages artistic innovation, improvisation, new forms of expression, and inclusion of traditional music forms into new ones;

  • Jazz stimulates intercultural dialogue and empowers young people from marginalized societies.

  • It contributes to:

  • Integrate Culture in Sustainable Development Frameworks

  • Promote Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms

  • Protect and promote the Diversity of Cultural Expressions

  • Resources:

In celebration of Jazz Day 2017, Oiid is offering a special preview activation of their educational platform, free to all users.

Marcus Miller
via Mezzo

Try a short version of "ooh" by Marcus MillerClick the album cover to launch the online version of oiid.

Students can also get the full version of the song for free in the oiid app for their mobile or tablet:

screenshot ooid app

oiid is a brand new multitrack format made out of pure passion for music. It lets you interact, play and discover songs in a way you have never done before.

A song more than often consists of several tracks. Like bass, guitar, drums and vocals. With oiid you control the original layers in a song.

You can use the technology in oiid to explore, play instruments or just play around

It's up to you, really!

screenshot ooid app

  • Play around with the mixer to isolate each instrument.
  • Take singing and playing along with your favourite songs to a new level.
  • Isolate the guitar, learn the chords and once you’ve got it: play along with the rest of the band.
  • You can easily download new oiid songs as in-app purchases, whenever you want fresh music to play with.
  • Listen to vocals and instruments one by one, or mute them to join in.
  • Flip through box-fresh tunes, check out the classics and get access to exclusive content.

credits: UNESCO

Some thoughts:

Since  2012, the 1st International Jazz DayVocational Jazz Education has a voice! Musicians, educators, students of schools Jazz from around the world can celebrate the recognition of the Music they teach and learn.

They 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.

UNESCO invite students and schools from around the world to join in the celebration of International Jazz Day and play at the schools concerts.

Ella 100/ A Centennial Celebration

  • Some possible activities to teachers and students:

  • Play jazz recordings or video clips and have students write or share their reflections.
  • Discuss how jazz inspires peace, unity, teamwork and communication.
  • Organize a jazz-themed performance by your school band or choir. For example celebrate Ella Fitzgerald 100.
  • Create a class mural or decorate your classroom with jazz-inspired drawings or posters (of instruments or musicians, for example).
  • Explore the mathematical basis of the swing rhythm.
  • Research the history of jazz in your town or city. What makes jazz in your area unique?
  • Develop your own lesson plan centered around jazz – and let us know how it turns out!

If you are thinking to perform on Jazz Day, visit and let know the link and the musicians and where you perform and for how many people on this map

Your videos and your photos will be posted right on

Ella Fitzgerald

The year 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of Fitzgerald’s birthday (April 25, 1917), and “The First Lady Of Song” will be celebrated across the world until April 2018 with prestigious exhibits, a trove of new music releases and myriad independent tributes and concerts as a part of the Ella 100 centennial celebration.

I am huge fan of Jazz! So you will find some interesting posts about Jazz & musicians on this blog.

"Jazz is really about the human experience. It’s about the ability of human beings to take the worst of circumstances and struggles and turn it into something creative and constructive. "

Herbie Hancock, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador


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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Schools : International Girls in ICT Day : Expand Horizons, Change Attitudes

International Girls in ICT Day, is an initiative backed by all ITU Member States in ITU Plenipotentiary Resolution 70 (Rev. Busan, 2014). It aims to create a global environment that empowers and encourages girls and young women to consider car​eers in the growing field of ICTs, enabling both girls and technology companies to reap the benefits of greater female participation in the ICT sector. 
International Girls in ICT Day is celebrated on the 4th Thursday in April every year.​​​​​
International Girls in ICT Day is celebrated every year with the theme “Expand Horizons, Change Attitudes,” to encourage young women and girls to discover the exciting world of opportunities in Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs).

International Girls in ICT Day is be celebrated today the 27 April 2017. It's an initiative started by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the European Commission (EC) that aims to empower and encourage girls and young women to consider careers in the sector of technology.

EU Thematic call for women in ICT pledges:

  • Digital skills for all – developing digital skills to enable all citizens to be active in our digital society
  • Digital skills for the labour force – developing digital skills for the digital economy, e.g. upskilling and reskilling workers, jobseekers; actions on career advice and guidance
  • More and better trained ICT professionals in Europe – developing high level digital skills for ICT professionals in all industry sectors
  • Digital skills in education – transforming teaching and learning of digital skills in a lifelong learning perspective, including the training of teachers

Organisers and schools of course should feel free to create their own program for their event and can also look at past Girls in ICT Day events​ to get inspiration. The ITU Secretary General and Andrus Ansip, Vice-President for the Digital Single Market invite Academia to organize events attracting as many girls and young women as possible. 
Ministries of ICT, Education, Labour, Youth, National ICT Regulatory Authorities, ICT companies, academic institutions, relevant UN agencies, NGOs and other stakeholders are all encouraged to join the global effort and ​​celebrate International Girls in ICT Day. ​​

Schools will be free to create their own program for their event and can also look at past Girls in ICT Day events​ to get inspiration.
However there is a good activity: Workshops.
Workshops are an excellent activity to give girls a taste of what you can actually do with technology. In order to engage girls' interest, it is crucial that they get to not only hear about technology, but also do it. 
Girls will see for themselves that you don't need to be a math wizard in order to code or a science expert to programme a robot. 

In a workshop, girls will discover that technology is all about creativity, collaboration and, most importantly, a lot of fun!
Deciding on a workshop activity depends greatly on girls' ages and their previous experience with ICTs. 
Try to find the right balance by choosing activities that are not too difficult but challenging enough to keep the girls interested and motivated. Encourage them to have fun, work in pairs or small groups and not be afraid to make mistakes!

For more ideas and useful links about organizing a hands-on workshop you can explore our Girls in ICT Toolkit​ which provides several tips and resources to make these activities fun and inspiring.

To date, over 240,000 girls and young women have taken part in more than 7,200 celebrations of International Girls in ICT Day in 160 countries worldwide.
Events/ Map:
Girls in ICT Day events in Europe and worldwide. Search here.
Visit Girls in ICT Facebook Page​ and tweet #GirlsinICT.​  See Latest Photos​.
Share your ideas and activities to help to inspire girls, educators, and the ICT industry to get involved. 

And don’t forget to tag your conversations with #GirlsinICT!


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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Schools : Science : Cassini The Grand Finale + Resources

This artist's rendering shows NASA's Cassini spacecraft above Saturn's northern hemisphere, heading toward its first dive between Saturn and its rings on April 26, 2017
Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech

After almost 20 years in space, NASA's Cassini spacecraft begins the final chapter of its remarkable story of exploration: its Grand Finale.

Cassini launched in October 1997 and arrived at Saturn in July 2004. The end of mission is set for September 15, 2017.
Between April and September 2017, Cassini will undertake a daring set of orbits that is, in many ways, like a whole new mission. 
Following a final close flyby of Saturn's moon Titan, Cassini will leap over the planet's icy rings and begin a series of 22 weekly dives between the planet and the rings.

Cassini will end its mission with 22 daring loops passing through the gap between Saturn and its rings
NASA/JPL-Caltech/Erick Sturm
No other mission has ever explored this unique region. What we learn from these final orbits will help to improve our understanding of how giant planets – and planetary systems everywhere – form and evolve.

It's always sad when a mission comes to an end. Cassini's finale plunge is a truly spectacular end for one of the most scientifically rich voyages yet undertaken in our solar system. 

From its launch in 1997 to the unique Grand Finale science of 2017, the Cassini-Huygens mission has racked up a remarkable list of achievements. 

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

On 22 April, Cassini successfully executed its 127th and final close flyby of Saturn's largest moon, Titan.

The image presented here is a raw image sent back to Earth yesterday, taken on Saturday at 18:42 GMT. It is one of many that can be found in the Cassini raw image archive.

The manoeuvre put the spacecraft onto its ’grand finale’ trajectory: a series of 22 orbits, each lasting about a week, drawing closer to Saturn and passing between the planet's innermost rings and its outer atmosphere. The first crossing of the ring plane will occur on 26 April.

credits: NASA

The Cassini spacecraft was launched by NASA on October 15, 1997. It reached Saturn's orbit in July, 2004 and has been studying the planet and its moons ever since.
The fly through Saturn's rings is part of the last phase of Cassini's mission. Dwindling fuel reserves mean NASA will crash the craft into the planet - rather than risking any biological contamination of Saturn's moons by depositing it there.
Diving between Saturn's rings will start today, April 26 and the little spaceship will be taking pictures of whatever it can as it passes through the giant sheets of icy debris.

Google Doodle:

Google Doodle: Cassini Spacecraft Dives Between Saturn & its Rings

This dramatic manoeuvre has inspired a Google Doodle that will run on the world's most famous homepage on April 26, 2017.

The importance of Cassini in Science:
As Cassini plunges past Saturn, the spacecraft will collect some incredibly rich and valuable information that was too risky to obtain earlier in the mission:
  • The spacecraft will make detailed maps of Saturn's gravity and magnetic fields, revealing how the planet is arranged internally, and possibly helping to solve the irksome mystery of just how fast Saturn is rotating.
  • The final dives will vastly improve our knowledge of how much material is in the rings, bringing us closer to understanding their origins.
  • Cassini's particle detectors will sample icy ring particles being funneled into the atmosphere by Saturn's magnetic field.
  • Its cameras will take amazing, ultra-close images of Saturn's rings and clouds.

Artist's concept of Cassini diving between Saturn and its innermost ring

Why End the Mission?
By 2017, Cassini will have spent 13 years in orbit around Saturn, following a seven-year journey from Earth. The spacecraft is running low on the rocket fuel used for adjusting its course. If left unchecked, this situation would eventually prevent mission operators from controlling the course of the spacecraft.
Two moons of Saturn, Enceladus and Titan, have captured news headlines over the past decade as Cassini data revealed their potential to contain habitable – or at least "prebiotic” – environments.
In order to avoid the unlikely possibility of Cassini someday colliding with one of these moons, NASA has chosen to safely dispose of the spacecraft in the atmosphere of Saturn. This will ensure that Cassini cannot contaminate any future studies of habitability and potential life on those moons.

Cassini by numbers
credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech


Since some of the last years we had the possibility to follow Cassini and its exploration.

The end is coming. And what a great event to follow with your students! Wow! And this time, students are all at school. No excuses. Propose your students this fantastic scientific event.

Most of us are excited about Cassini the Grand FinaleOf course, teachers and students, specially if you teach sciences and your students learn sciences, you will be even more excited

My usual readers know I don't teach sciences. I'm a Humanities specialistBut I'm a huge fan of science. Astronomy is my passion. Follow all these fantastic events that Jules Verne predicted in his books is amazing.


credit: NASA

So don't miss this good live educational resource in the sky to enhance your Sciences lesson! Cassino Grand Finale

Students can access online to the the spacecraft Cassini and explore in detail all the resources made available by NASA.

You have a perfect and so complete real resource to include into your curriculum, in different moments.

Resources for students & teachers:

What we learn from these ultra-close passes over the planet could be some of the most exciting revelations ever returned by the long-lived spacecraft. 

This animated video tells the story of Cassini's final, daring assignment and looks back at what the mission has accomplished.
Join the Cassini orbiter in real time - or at any point during its epic mission. NASA's Eyes on the Solar System is a 3-D environment full of real NASA mission data. Explore the Saturnian system from your computer. Hop on a moon. Fly with Cassini. See the entire solar system moving in real time. It's up to you. You control space and time.

Cassini’s First Grand Finale Dive: Milestones

Where is Cassini now?
Students van follow Cassini here
Facts sheet: Cassini's Grand Finale
Graphics: Orbit Plot: Cassini Grand Finale (Artist's Concept)

Giovanni Domenico Cassini 
Italian mathematician & astronomer
Who was Giovanni Domenico Cassini?

Giovanni Domenico Cassini was an Italian mathematician and astronomer born in 1625.
He was the first person to notice the division of the rings of Saturn in 1675 and now, over 300 years later, a space probe bearing his name is orbiting the planet .

The Cassini spacecraft, launched in 1997, was named after him and became the fourth to visit Saturn and the first to orbit the planet.
Social media:

Facebook : NASACassini

Twitter: @CassiniSaturn

Google + : NASA

Hope you are enjoying Cassini the Grand Finale as much as I do. Admiring the beauty of this awesome event. 


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