Why the title, True North? I was inspired by Gregg Breinberg’s original song “True North” written for his grandmother and sung to her by his 5th grade Staten Island, New York, PS22 Chorus. Several years ago Gregg posted for parents a YouTube video of his chorus singing a popular song. Parents loved it. YouTube quickly became a way for Gregg to publish his kid’s music, to promote his excellent music program, and to showcase the arts in education. Celebrities and columnists saw Gregg’s videos on YouTube and shared PS22 songs with others. Today, the PS22 chorus receives invitations to sing at local and national events. Professional musicians ask to come to the school and sing with the chorus. All because the PS22 Chorus music – “gone viral” with over a million Internet hits – was posted to YouTube.
Changing educational paradigms motivate me to share new technology and the admirable work of educators who integrate contemporary research on how we learn with supportive, free digital applications and resources to facilitate deep thinking and creativity. Do teachers ever have enough time or money? Perhaps my discoveries will shorten the journey of a busy educator seeking a 21st Century ‘true north’ of his or her own. If you wish more information on any topic I have posted or would like to share something, please leave me a comment.