Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Vocational Schools : Electronic Music : Feel the beat !

Karlheinz Stockhausen in the WDR Electronic Music Studio in 1991

As you know Google regularly replaces its logo on its search engine with special Doodles, a kind of celebrations anniversaries. 

Last August, Google celebrated Hip Hop music as we remember.

This Wednesday Google celebrates once more the music. Electronic music. I love music all genres as you know. 

Electronica seems like a fairly recent phenomenon, but in fact much of the musical genre's roots can be traced back a venerable 66 years.

So the doodle celebrates the 66th anniversary of the Studio for Electronic Music. Wow! You are feeling the beat? Well, our students will do it if they discover the doodle.

Google doodle celebrating the Studio for Electronic Music
artist: Berlin-based illustrator Henning Wagenbreth

Today's doodle was created by Berlin-based illustrator Henning Wagenbreth.

"The concept for a studio to create electronic music was birthed by composers Werner Meyer-Eppler, Robert Beyer, and Herbert Eimert, who for years had brainstormed the technical requirements of the challenge," 
WDR Electronic Music Studio, 
Werner Meyer-Eppler, Robert Beyer & Herbert Eimert, Germany, 1951
Some facts:
The Studio for Electronic Music known as the first modern music studio became a haven for innovative musicians and producers around the world. 
It was here that electronically synthesized sounds were mixed to create an entirely new genre of music that so many have come to love.

The Studio for Electronic Music (Studio für elektronische Musik des Westdeutschen Rundfunks)was established at the West German Broadcasting facility in Cologne, Germany. 
It was the first of its kind in the world, and its history reflects the development of electronic music in the second half of the 20th century.
The concept for a studio to create electronic music was birthed by composers Werner Meyer-Eppler, Robert Beyer, and Herbert Eimert, who for years had brainstormed the technical requirements of the challenge. 
The Electronic Music Studio at Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR) was founded by the composers Werner Meyer-Eppler, Robert Beyer, and Herbert Eimert (the studios first director) and was based on Meyer-Eppler’s ideas outlined in his 1949 book ‘Elektronische Klangerzeugung: Elektronische Musik und Synthetische Sprache’. 


This thesis defined the ongoing theoretical character of the studio as being based around electronically synthesised sound – in sharp contrast to Schaeffer’s musique concrète acoustic approach at GRN in Paris.
Artists in the studio created breakthrough beats, editing and mixing sounds using new types of equipment and technical composition. Composers and producers came from far and wide as the studio became a breeding ground for musical innovation.
The studio was fertile ground for breakthroughs in music and sound until its closure in 2000.

Stockhausen by the custom Synthi 100 at the WDR Studio in the 1970s
The most important electronic composer was Karlheinz Stockhausen died in 2007.
Stockhausen was a German composer, widely acknowledged by critics as one of the most important but also controversial composers of the 20th and early 21st centuries. 
Karlheinz Stockhausen (1928-2007), a former student of Messiaen, had spent time in 1952 at the Radiodiffusion Francaise studio in Paris, learning techniques of musique concrète
12th International Vacation Courses for New Music 
Seminar: Karlheinz Stockhausen/July 1957
He became part of the Darmstadt group, espousing serial music, and began to work at the WDR studio in 1953. 
His first piece, Studie I (1953) was created by additive synthesis, confining his audio source to sine wave oscillators. He devised specific relationships between frequencies, duration, amplitude, amplitude envelope shapes. Through splicing and bouncing tracks, Stockhausen explored new levels of timbral control, being able to control the presence of different partials.
Karlheinz Stockhausen was a seminal figure in post-1945 modernism and one of the most experimental and progressive composers of the 20th century. 
He redefined notions of what types of sound could be deemed acceptable in composition and took a pioneering approach with his use of electronics in art music. 
A critic calls him "one of the great visionaries of 20th-century music"

Stockhausen conducting in 1980, 
superimposed on a page from Stop
This Google doodle on electronic music will be perfect in Vocational schools: Music & Electronics.
The message to maximize learners potential as creators. It means to motivate students that speak a different music language, opening the door of music to build new understanding platforms between vocational school - Music schools - and young musicians' interests and creativity. 

The 'attitude' of educators is improving skills music learning. Students are brilliant creators if educators can understand their mind and genius and natural skills.

So, think using this doodle to prepare an interesting music courseElectronic music crosses culture crosses over all generations and magnetize young people more and more.
"Celebrating the diversity of thought and imagination that built this studio and transformed the possibilities of music."
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Biography: Karlheinz Stockhausen 
WDR Electronic Music Studio, Werner Meyer-Eppler, Robert Beyer & Herbert Eimert, Germany, 1951

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

September in review & Clare Hollingworth, the pioneer war journalist

Clare Hollingworth on the Egyptian side of the Suez in 1968 
credits:  Clare Hollingworth Collection

Yesterday, the 10 October, Google celebrated with a doodle the 106th birthday of the most active war journalists of the 20th century. Clare Hollingworth’s  a pioneering war journalist.
Clare Hollingworth - who died this year on January 10th aged 105 - was the first war correspondent to report the outbreak of World War II in 1939.

Google doodle Clare Hollingworth’s 106th birthday
doodler: artist Eleni Kalorkoti
She had been working at the Telegraph for less than a week when she broke the story, described as the "scoop of the century".
Just one week after joining The Telegraph, Clare showed the world why she was called “the doyenne of war correspondents.” 

Travelling alone across the Germany-Poland border, she witnessed the outbreak of the Second World War on September 1, 1939 when, as a novice Daily Telegraph stringer, she was woken at her hotel in the Polish town of Katowice by the sound of anti-aircraft fire aimed at German bombers.

Hollingworth's press / the Daily Telegraph
credits: Richard Jones/sinopix
Before she landed "the scoop of the century" as a rookie reporter, Clare Hollingworth had already saved the lives of thousands of Eastern European refugees, getting them out of harm’s way as German and Russian armies advanced.

“I would never use my femininity to get a story that a man could not get,” Clare once said, a testament to her taste for danger, and her belief that better stories came from the most dangerous assignments.
Schools : Google, we love you !

Escolas : Ano lectivo 2017-2018 : O que há de novo ?

Schools : Samuel Johnson, the pioneer lexicographer : Resources

Schools : Intl Day of Peace : Together for Peace : Imagine !

Schools : International Literacy Day in a Digital World

Schools : Learning European Languages is Fun-Tastic !

Livros BD : Diário de Anne Frank : recursos & actividades

Escolas : Visitas de Estudo : Enid Blyton 75 anos de Os Cinco !

Schools : eBook : Jim Kay’s illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone 

Hope you enjoyed my pedagocical proposals published in September. I know you loved because there is a wonderful number of readers. 

Thanks all the educators from around the world that kindly read my blog every day. 

Have a nice time wherever you are! Here, Summer is back!


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Friday, October 6, 2017

Schools : Code Week EU, new challenges : Let's go again !

Europe Code Week 2017

Europe Code Week is taking place this year between 7 and 22 October, although "every week is Code Week". It's an open source initiative, aiming to connect initiatives that encourage young and adult European citizens to learn more about the art and science of computer programming.

Millions of children, adults, parents, teachers, entrepreneurs, and policymakers will again come together at events, in classrooms and libraries across Europe and beyond to learn to create with code.

Europe Code Week 2017

EU Code Week is a grass-roots movement that celebrates creating with code. The idea is to make programming more visible, to show young, adults and elderly how you bring ideas to life with code, to demystify these skills and bring motivated people together to learn. The initiative was launched in 2013 by the Young Advisors for the Digital Agenda Europe.

5th Birthday Code Week

Europe Code Week was born in 2013 by some young people who advised the European Commission on digital policies. They wanted more people "to learn how to create with code as well as get different networks together to make it easier for interested people to find a place where they could learn programming, work with hardware and find out how computers work." 
Those grass-roots movement turns five years in 2017 and it has grown exponentially.
EU Code Week is run by volunteers. One, or several, Code Week Ambassadors coordinate the initiative in their countries, but everyone can organise their own code event and add it to the map.

Europe Code Week 2017

In 2016, nearly a million people in more than 50 countries around the world took part in EU Code Week. If your country is involved, and has organised events, put it on the map or volunteer as a Code Week ambassador.


Learning to code helps students to make sense of how things work, explore ideas and make things, for both work and play. 
What’s more it helps students to unleash their creativity and work collaboratively with wonderful young people both near them and all over the world.
From playing about with animations to designing computer apps and games, teaching coding in schools lends itself to plenty of fun learning activities.
The inclusion of coding into the new computing curriculum has been one of the main changes that the Department of Education in different European countries claimed would "ensure every child leaves school prepared for life in modern society."
Students at the school have apparently responded positively to the new curriculum in those countries and are already seeing the practical use of learning these new skills.

The European Astro Pi Chalenge:

Announcing the 2017-18 European Astro Pi challenge in partnership with the European Space Agency (ESA).

It's open to students from all 22 ESA member countries, including associate members Canada and Slovenia.

Astro Pi is an annual science and coding competition where code written by young people is run on the International Space Station!

Mission Zero

In Mission Zero, students aged up to 14 write a simple Python program that will display a message on the International Space Station for 30 seconds.

Students will contribute to the daily routine of the International Space Station by displaying their own personal message and the ambient air temperature on the Astro Pi. 
No special hardware is needed to take part in Mission Zero, and your code is guaranteed to run in space for 30 seconds!

Some information:
In Mission Space Lab, teams aged up to 19 have to demonstrate their motivation to compete by planning an experiment to run in space.
Teams have until 29 October 2017 to register and submit their idea on the Astro Pi website.
The selected teams will be notified that they have been accepted by 7 November 2017 and will receive an ESA-branded Astro Pi kit at their school, and the chance for their experiment to run on the International Space Station.

Teachers: this classroom activity can be completed in an afternoon. 

Organise your students into teams of up to four, and let us guide them through writing a short Python program to show a personal message and the air temperature on the Astro Pi. 

No extra hardware is needed. Everything is done in a web browser

Teachers register online with the Trinket Sense HAT emulator and receive a classroom code to give to their teams. This saves time by greatly reducing the need for data entry. 

There’s no limit to the number of teams a school or club can enter. It’s entirely dependent on the teacher’s capacity to support teams.

Read the official guidelines document for Mission Zero.


  • A special film: Hidden Figures
Three women -  Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan & Mary Jackson pioneers on computer science helped plan the mission that saw an American astronaut orbit the Earth for the first time, has been honored on Hidden Figures, a film based on true story by Theodore Melfi (2016), nominated for 3 Oscars.

The true story of a team of female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program. Segregated from their white counterparts, these colored computers’ used pencil and paper to write the equations that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space.

Hidden Figures
Theodore Melfi, 2016

The maths involved in the orbital mission was highly complex, and the computers of the day were prone to technical hiccups.
So as astronaut John Glenn was going through the preflight checklist – upon which his life depended – he insisted that Ms Johnson double check the calculations.

Hidden Figures
Theodore Melfi, 2016

“If she says they’re good,” Ms Johnson remembered Mr Glenn saying, “then I’m ready to go.”

Hidden Figures
Theodore Melfi, 2016


Motivation to girls nd young women to code and continue their studies on STEM. Teachers must encourage girls to pursue studies on STEM.

Teachers can display the film in the classroom to motivate young girls to code. Boys will understand the role of young girls in STEM. Later they will support them at secondary education and college.

There is a gender lack studying high technologies and STEM.

Don't misse the opportunity to include Hidden Figures into school curriculum.

Other Activities: 

Teachers will find by reading my post Code Week EU, let's go again ! #codeEU

Other Resources:

Anyone – schools, teachers, libraries, code clubs, businesses, public authorities – can organise a #CodeEU event and add it to the map

To make organising and running coding events easier, the CodeWeek website has prepared different toolkits and selected some of the best lesson plans, guides and other resources. Look here


Code Week EU is on Twitter as @CodeWeekEU, on Facebook. Use the #codeEU hashtag.

Invite your students to have fun building things by coding. Are they ready to share their passion? Young students are so creative. Let's them explore all the funny coding games with their imagination.



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