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.



2 responses »

  1. Andrew Zahn says:

    So great to hear from you Donna!

    I’m so glad you wrote and thank you for the compliments. I’m doing a lot =
    of experimenting on the blog just to see what works, what doesn’t. My =
    prayer and purpose is that creatives will be inspired and take action on =
    their ideas–that they’ll find the blog a resource for them!


    • Donna says:

      I thought about you today when I finally finished editing my short post on Don Novello AKA Father Guido Sarducci from SNL. Yes, this was a skit he did 30 years ago, my generation. Nostalgia. Nostalgia. Nostalgia. Humor may be the highest form of creativity and has such an important role in educational settings. – attach emotion to what is being learned and it evokes an eternal memory. I don’t know how you actors do it. Such a complex art form!

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