Songhai Concepts

Media Literacy/Digital Archiving Instructor

Monday, August 28, 2006

Welcome Class of 2010

Peace, love and power!
Today you are a freshmen and your secondary education has begun.

Over the next 10 months you will meet, share and collaborate with students, educators and professionals from around the world.

Many of your collaborations will be perfunctory and business-like, but there will be a handful that are so memorable and so powerful that you will cling to them for years to come. May we all grow exponentially in mind, body and spirit in the next four years to come.

Here are the Brain Food questions we discussed in class on Monday 8/28/06.

Until I help you set up your blog,
you may write your responses in a notebook,
You may save them to a flash drive
or you may email your responses to me.

Please answer all questions by 9/8/06

H. Songhai

Friday, August 18, 2006


The closer it gets to September and the start of another school year, the more I find myself blog hopping and bookmarking into the wee hours of the early morning in search of informative and inspiring blog posts - like this one, by Karl Fisch from Arapahoe High School.
If you are wrestling with the PBL model of teaching, take a minute or two and read Karl Fisch's post Did You Know? Be sure and open the PowerPoint file at the end of the article. There is an audio (mp3) file included too. Watch the slideshow at full screen. It's really well put together.

H. Songhai

Friday, August 11, 2006

Tools For The 21st Century Classroom

The innovative use of blogs, wikis, podcasts, digital photography, open source software, video and social bookmarking services today, will ensure that no child is left behind tomorrow.

H. Songhai

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

RUFUS HARLEY 5/20/36-8/1/06

I met Rufus Harley about 25 years ago.
I had the privilege to gig with him back
in 1990. It was a chance collaboration.
I originally called Byard Lancaster to do the
gig, but Byard was unavailable that night and he
matter-of-factly suggested that I call Rufus Harley
to do the gig. I called Rufus and he said "Sure,
where is the gig and do you mind if I bring my
son, Messiah - he plays trumpet."
I said "Come on with it."
It was a fantastic night. One I will never forget.

Rufus Harley was a great brother and an outstanding
musician. As recent as June 7th, I had the pleasure
to videotape him jamming at Club La Rose on
Germantown Avenue for Odean Pope's CD release party.
He will be missed.

Click the links below for more information on
Rufus Harley, the world's first jazz bagpipe player.

From wikipedia

From City Paper

From Swarthmore College

Click to watch video of Rufus Harley and Byard Lancaster
Recorded at the Germantown Friends School, September 25, 2005

Photo Courtesy of Rev. Le Roi Simmons

Rufus Harley with Timi Tanzania

H. Songhai