Posts Tagged ‘videos’


Resources Galore

February 13, 2021

So many resources, so little time


  • Virtual dance concert from Thornton Academy. The link below will take you to the streaming site, you have to ‘buy’ a ticket but they are FREE and does not require a credit card, it will just ask for your email to send you a unique streaming link. It also gives a peek into the Thornton Academy dance class set up and combines pieces filmed in person and at home.
  • Virtual (Winter) Maine Fiddle Camp – Feb 19-20 The cast and crew at Fiddle Camp have organized another weekend of workshops, concerts, special surprise guests and more Virtual MFC replicates the offerings of “real” Maine Fiddle Camp in a pandemic-friendly virtual format. Recognize music teacher Steve Muise in the video below? 


  • Digital Maine Library – Helpful tools for every subject
  • Massive List of Museums, Zoos, and Theme Parks offering Virtual Tours
  • Virtual story time for Kids: Authors and venues go online amid coronavirus
  • Maine Download Library
  • Storytime with Brittany! from The Strand Theater in Rockland
  • Solve a mystery with Jazzy Ash! Viva Durant and the Secret of the Silver Buttons, audible book for kids with original jazz music from the creator, Ashli St. Armant
  • Broadway Babysitters Playhouse – a variety of activities (nominal fee)
  • Okie Dokie Brothers, 3-40 minute films filled with music and adventure
  • Learn the basics of partner acrobatics with teaching artist Marisol Soledad, then throw on some costumes and put on a show with your new skills! Sponsored by Shakespeare in Clark Park.
  • PBS TeachersVirtual Professional Learning
  • Biodiversity Heritage Library – Digital archive dedicated to life on Earth. Comprised of animal sketches, historical diagrams, botanical studies, and various scientific research collected from hundreds of thousands of journals and libraries around the globe. Collection of more than 55 million pages of literature, some of which dates back to the 15th century. At least 150,000 illustrations are available for free download in high-resolution files.
  • – Free online content
  • edpuzzle – Make any video your lesson
  • pedagogy://virtual – A teacher support program that connects a teacher to a virtual pedagogy mentor who helps the teacher find ways to boost student engagement in their virtual classroom.
  • The Atlantic Black Box Project – This project is about “understanding history through story and building community through conversation. Maine stories on the site.
  • From a Maine music teacher: Thankful for YouTube, Google Classroom, Smartmusic, Sight Reading Factory, Sibelius, Band in the Box, Laptops, Facebook Groups, and Zoom.



What a Day!

January 9, 2013

York High School

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I had the opportunity to travel to York High School yesterday with Debi Lynne Baker for the purpose of “capturing a story”. Debi is a recently retired art teacher from Greenville who presently lives in Shirley.

Rob Westerberg was our host for the day but EVERYONE we met at York High School was gracious and welcoming. York High Schools mission includes: YHS community does whatever it takes to help students succeed. We certainly saw and heard evidence of that belief. I was most impressed with the students who articulated their learning in the fully emerged standards based music classroom. “It is not about the grade but what I am learning!”

Four short movies are being created with footage from four different school districts to tell the story of how they are “doing standards based/students centered learning”. This is in response to requests from arts teachers during phase 1 of the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative (MAAI): “What does a standards based classroom look like?” The videos will provide you with ideas and how it is working in Maine arts classrooms.

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Rob Westerberg and Dan Sovetsky

Rob Westerberg, as many of you know, has been part of the creation of the MAAI and a driving force in the work. In his music classroom he thinks deeply and thoughtfully about how to teach every student but most importantly it is the shift to how the student learns and views their learning. It was evident yesterday in the interviews that the shifts he has made in his teaching approach is really working!

Debi Lynne will continue taping and editing over the next few months and the videos will be available before this school year is completed. Yes, Debi has the difficult part however, with great footage like yesterday, the difficult question will be: what are the best of the greatest parts to include? (A good problem to have).

We did have a chance to visit the visual arts classrooms with teachers Gary Phipps, Beth Nowers, and my former student David Shenett.

Thank you to Rob, York High School principal Bob Stevens, music teacher Dan Sovetsky, and students Cole, Sarah, Levi, Lilly and the Chorus classes who participated.

David Shenett, Beth Nowers, Gary Phipps

David Shenett, Beth Nowers, Gary Phipps


Video Blog

April 12, 2011

Very cool resource!

I am on the Getty list-serv for art educators and often there is interesting information and resources. Posted not to long ago was information from Harold Olejarz who is a Google Certified Teacher and teaches at Montclair State University in New Jersey.

Harold started a blog called Art Education Videos and is located at This was a class project he started with his students in February 2011. Students create “how to” videos that are suitable to use in K-12 education with labels that make it easy to search. If anyone wishes to add videos to the blog please contact Harold at

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