TEDxTC – Peter Benson – Sparks: How Youth Thrive. — my thanks to Mr. Joseph Byerwalter for this item
Peter L. Benson, president and CEO of Minneapolis-based Search Institute, is one of the world’s leading authorities on positive human development. Dr. Benson is the author or editor of more than a dozen books on child and adolescent development and social change, including, most recently, Sparks: How Parents Can Help Ignite the Hidden Strengths of Teenagers

Some thoughts/notes from this video:

  • Only 1/4 of our youth are on the path to thriving.
  • The human spark/the animating engine involves joy, energy, passion, connection, meaning, hope, direction, purpose, hope.
  • “Spark” is akin to the idea of spirit.
  • Three kinds of sparks:
    1. A skill or talent
    2. A commitment (ex: social justice, stewardship of Earth)
    3. A quality (ex: person of empathy)

Helping, serving, volunteering, learning a subject matter, service to the globe, athletics, and the creative life are key here. The winner is the creative life — art, music, drama, dance!






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My thanks to Mr. Steven Chevalia for the resource

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Vince Perry -- How Great Thou Art!

From DSC:
This is not only a beautiful, powerful, popular hymn, but it is a creative, multimedia-based expression that brings glory to God!  On a personal note I’ll never forget this hymn, as it was sung at my Grandpa Christian’s funeral years ago.

GarageBand now available for iPhone and iPod touch users — from Apple.com


CUPERTINO, California—November 1, 2011—Apple® today announced that GarageBand®, its breakthrough music creation app, is now available for iPhone® and iPod touch® users. Introduced earlier this year on iPad®, GarageBand uses Apple’s revolutionary Multi-Touch™ interface to make it easy for anyone to create and record their own songs, even if they’ve never played an instrument before.

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From DSC:
It’s highly likely that you have already seen a ton of postings re: the news of Steve Jobs’ passing yesterday.  However, I need to reflect, comment upon, and commemorate his life and work here today.


Steve Jobs - 1955-2011

When Apple asserts that Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, it’s true.  They are not just flowery, flattering words.  Jobs was a one in a (hundred) million type of person — carefully crafted for the needs of today. His skillsets were rare.  His negotiation skills were solid.  His vision and courage to pursue the entrepreneurial/innovative way of life are outstanding.  His knowledge — and pursuit of knowledge — as well as his drive helped him bring about many world-changing technologies and projects.  Not too many people could own/direct an animation studio, oversee the production of software and hardware that was fined tuned to creating and distributing multimedia, comment on which font style would be appropriate for a message, relentlessly pursue excellence in user experience/usability in all of an organization’s product lines, present information the way he did, create excitement for his company’s products, etc.

Personally, Steve Jobs has helped me continue to think big — to have wind in my sails that I can make a contribution…that I can help change the world.  All of us can, even if in smaller ways than Steve Jobs did.  But we will need to believe that we can change the world and to persevere through the trials and tribulations that are sure to come our way when we attempt to do so.

I hope that the team that Steve & Co. put into place continue to pursue his passions and visions, as the world needs visionaries.  Though I did not know him, I will yet miss him. I am grateful to God for his gifts, abilities, life and work.



“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.”

— from Steve Jobs’ 2005 commencement speech given at Standford University


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Tonara for iPad, sheet music for the next generation — from padgadget.com

Features as listed here:

  • Automatic page turning
  • Score following with Tonara’s magic marker
  • Play alone or with others
  • Listen back to your sessions
  • Share your performances with friends and colleagues
  • Noise resilient
  • Shows your tempo at any given moment
  • Metronome – visual and audio
  • Substantial sheet music store
  • Scores formatted for the iPad
  • Appropriate for any level musician

With Tonara, turning pages is a thing of the past! Tonara is the next generation sheet music application. It listens to you. As you play, it shows where you are on the score and automatically turns the pages.

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10 salient studies on the arts in education — from onlinecolleges.net


A fine arts education — including music, theater, drawing, painting, or sculpture — whether in practice or theory, has been a part of any well-rounded curriculum for decades — but that may be changing.  Many schools today are cutting back or eliminating their art programs due to budget constraints.  It is estimated that by the end of this year, more than 25% of public high schools will have completely dismantled them.  These stats aren’t just bad news for teachers working in the arts.  Numerous studies done over the past decade have demonstrated the amazing benefits of such an integral education facet.  Students who don’t have access to art classes may not only miss out on a key creative outlet, but might also face greater difficulty mastering core subjects, higher dropout rates and more disciplinary problems.

You don’t have to take our word for it — you can read the studies yourself.  Here, we’ve listed some of the biggest on the arts in education conducted over the past decade.  Taken on by research organizations, college professors and school districts themselves, the studies reveal the power of art to inspire, motivate and educate today’s students.  And, of course, demonstrate what a disservice many schools are doing by undervaluing such an integral part of their education and development (emphasis DSC).

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Steve Jobs has resigned as Apple CEO "effective immediately"


From DSC:
I want to post a thank you note to Mr. Steven P. Jobs, whom you most likely have heard has resigned as Apple’s CEO. Some articles are listed below, but I want to say thank you to Steve and to the employees of Apple who worked at Apple while he was CEO:

  • Thank you for working hard to enhance the world and to make positive impacts to our world!
  • Thank you for painstakingly pursuing perfection, usability, and excellence!
  • Thank you for getting back up on the horse again when you came out of a meeting with Steve, Tim and others and you just got reamed for an idea or implementation that wasn’t quite there yet.
  • Thanks go out to all of the families who were missing a dad or mom for long periods of time as they were still at work cranking out the next version of ____ or ____.
  • Thanks for modeling what a vocation looks like — i.e. pursuing your God-given gifts/calling/passions; and from my economics training for modeling that everyone wins when you do what you do best!

Thanks again all!



Tested: Apple AirPlay-compatible music systems — from wired.co.uk by Danny Philips and Jim Hill

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iSheetMusic for iPhone and iPad now available [Lofte]

iSheetMusic for iPhone and iPad now available — from tipb.com by Leanna Lofte


iSheetMusic, an app that allows you to download sheet music to your iPhone or iPad, is now available.

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Intel predicts Smart TV is the device of the future — from nyxiotechnologies.com’s blog
Chipmaker Intel believes that the Smart TV is the electronic device of the future, in the living room anyway.


The Smart TV is already upon us, in its various forms from various manufacturers. It has arrived with 3D capabilities, web browsing and social networking and applications. Currently Samsung and LG seem to be two of the big players pushing the Smart TV to consumers.

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Rat Stands releases versatile new iPad stand– from PadGadget.com by Lory


The manufacturer of high-quality professional music stands, Rat Stands, has just announced the  release of their newest creation, The Z3. What makes this new music stand so special is that it is an iPad stand. Created specifically for the iPad to hold the tablet at standing level heights, the Z3 is a versatile and lightweight mechanism for holding your tablet so that you don’t have to.


Rat Stands Releases Versatile New iPad Stand

Multimedia Transformation -- Special Report from Education Week


In science and math classes across the country, digital tools are being used to conduct experiments, analyze data, and run 3-D simulations to explain complex concepts. Language arts teachers are now pushing the definition of literacy to include the ability to express ideas through media. This report, “Multimedia Transformation,” examines the many ways multimedia tools are transforming teaching and learning as schools work to raise achievement and prepare students for careers that require increasingly sophisticated uses of technology.

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