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School in the Cloud is learning at the edge of chaos; a place to come together to discover and explore self-organised learning (SOLE).


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A great Big Question will get your SOLE off to a flying start, but deciding what to ask is the hardest part! Children love questions with no easy answer.


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Creating music - Posted by Joyce Schoenmaker


  Author - School in the Cloud

  Location: Amsterdam



Why do people create music?

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Why do people create music?

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Music industry - Posted by Ms Atalya Masi


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  Location: Australia



What is the largest musical industry?

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What is the largest musical industry?

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How to capture music - Posted by Ms Atalya Masi


  Author - School in the Cloud

  Location: Australia



Does music need to be notated or captured in today’s society?

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Does music need to be notated or captured in today’s society?

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Cultural music - Posted by Ms Atalya Masi


  Author - School in the Cloud

  Location: Australia



What is the most significant cultural music in the world?

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What is the most significant cultural music in the world?

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Music - Posted by Erick Moreno


  Author - School in the Cloud

  Location: Ecuador



How does music affect society?

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Creating music - Posted by Betsabe Declet


  Author - School in the Cloud

  Location: FL



How was music created?

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Music: How was it created?


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Music: Why do we like it?


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Feelings and Ideas from Songs and Poetry


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How do songs and poems intensify feelings and ideas?

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How do songs and poems intensify feelings and ideas?

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How you feel when dancing


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How do you feel when dance?

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Coordinating the body when dancing


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Why is it important to coordinate the body when you dance?

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Why is it important to coordinate the body when you dance?

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Tension and Nervousness


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How can you work the tension and nervousness before a concert?

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How can you work the tension and nervousness before a concert?

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Improvising a Song or a Dance


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How do you feel when you improvise a song or a dance?

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How do you feel when you improvise a song or a dance?

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Learning to Improvise


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How can you help a kid who would like to learn to improvise?

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Musicians need SOLE?


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Music Lessons


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Why do music lessons help math ability?

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Why do music lessons help math ability?

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Piano Keys


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Where aren’t there any black ivory’s between the white ivory’s in some parts of the piano?

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Where aren’t there any black ivory’s between the white ivory’s in some parts of the piano?

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Ave Maria on a Stradivarius or a Cecilio?


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Does “Ave Maria” sound better when played on a Stradivarius or a Cecilio, and what exactly causes a difference in our ears?

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Does “Ave Maria” sound better when played on a Stradivarius or a Cecilio, and what exactly causes a difference in our ears?

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Great Songs


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Music


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Grannies go for a song


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  Partner(s) - SOLE Central

  Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne



When Sugata Mitra gives you an assignment, you can be pretty sure he’s not going to be impressed with a cut and paste from the Internet.

But it’s not as daunting as it might seem: students report that you simply have to think for yourself, look at things from a different perspective and the rest just fits into place, SOLE-style!

Hilary Meehan, who has just finished a Masters in International Development and Education at Newcastle University, knows this first hand. When asked to tell the story of the Granny Cloud as part of Sugata’s Future of Learning module,

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When Sugata Mitra gives you an assignment, you can be pretty sure he’s not going to be impressed with a cut and paste from the Internet.

But it’s not as daunting as it might seem: students report that you simply have to think for yourself, look at things from a different perspective and the rest just fits into place, SOLE-style!

Hilary Meehan, who has just finished a Masters in International Development and Education at Newcastle University, knows this first hand. When asked to tell the story of the Granny Cloud as part of Sugata’s Future of Learning module, she knew she was going to have to push the boundaries a little. “Sugata said he didn’t want a traditional write up,” she says. “He simply told us ‘don’t make it boring’, and didn’t give any more guidance than that.”

She realised most of the students were either doing videos or voice-over slide shows and wanted to do something different, so decided to “go for it” and record a song instead.

Fortunately, her boyfriend is a musician and just happens to have a recording studio in his house. Once she’d bought the rights to the backing track,the lyrics and melodies soon fell into place.

There should be a bit of prior warning, however, before you listen to the track below. “The tune gets seriously stuck inside your head,” says Hilary.“One of the tutors on the course loved it but said he couldn’t shake it for the rest of the day. I hadn’t thought about it in ages until just now and I’ve realised it’s still in there, going round and round!”

Listen to Hilary’s song here.

The 25-year-old used information from the Granny Cloud blog,

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