iPads Allow Kids With Challenges To Play In High School’s Band

There’s a steady stream of hype surrounding the pluses and pitfalls of classroom tablet computers. But for a growing number of special education students tablets and their apps are proving transformative. The tablets aren’t merely novel and fun. With guidance from creative teachers, they are helping to deepen engagement, communication, and creativity.

In a typical red brick public school building in the Fresh Meadows section of Queens, New York, one creative and passionate music instructor is using tablet computers to help reach students with disabilities. In the process, he’s opening doors for some kids with severe mental and physical challenges.

On the surface, the PS 177 Technology Band looks like a typical high school orchestra. But there are two big differences. First, while they use traditional instruments, they also play iPads. And all of the band members have disabilities. Some have autism spectrum disorders.


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iPads Allow Kids With Challenges To Play In High School’s Band

The National Service Organization for America’s Local Arts Agencies


The National Service Organization for America’s Local Arts Agencies
NPR is asking for stories about rural America. 
What’s the one thing about your town that you want to share with a national audience?  Click here to contribute your story to this new NPR program.
A new program on NPR is interested in hearing real stories from rural people about rural places.  The State of the Re: Union will profile small towns and communities by attempting to get to the heart of what it means to live in rural America.  
This is an opportunity to talk about what is happening in our communities, why our young people leave and also return, what we hope for the future, and how we’re making a difference.
Share your story.  Why do you live in rural?  Why did you return? Why is your community important?  What’s the ONE thing you want a national audience to know about your rural America?
Let’s fill up those airwaves! 
The National Service Organization for America’s Local Arts Agencies

Creative Classes: An Artful Approach To Improving Performance


Creative Classes: An Artful Approach To Improving Performance

April 16, 2013 4:00 PM

This is the first in a three-part series about the intersection of education and the arts.
Over the years, there have been a lot of claims about the benefits of the arts on the mind: Listening to Mozart makes you smarter; playing an instrument makes you better at math. One program — funded in part by the federal government — is putting these theories to the test. The , spearheaded by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, is using an intensive arts curriculum to try and improve eight low-performing schools.

They’re located in Denver; New Orleans; Des Moines, Iowa; and on a reservation in Montana, among other places, and they all serve students from poor families. Some were considered to be the lowest-performing schools in their states.

Creative Classes: An Artful Approach To Improving Performance