I connected with a fellow Apple Distinguished Educator at the 2015 Apple Distinguished Educator Institute who connected me with Opera Philadelphia. Opera Philly was looking for help making their paper educational resources digital and more interactive for the students who use them to prepare to see operas performed at the Academy of Music. I thought it would be a great opportunity for my students to take on this project. Before committing to Opera Philadelphia I scheduled a meeting with my school's CEO and CIO to make sure that this opportunity aligned with the school's mission and vision. They were thrilled to create the partnership, and it has been successful ever since. Our story can be found clicking on the link above, and the connection to the mission and vision is explained below.
"To Educate each student according to age and development so that learning and growth are united." - Students research opera history and musical background and apply their knowledge in the creation of original Multi-touch books.
"To Integrate the developing mind and body of the student with academics and the performing arts and sciences." - Students merge their passions for various forms of art (music, design, theatre, etc...) with their academic (reading and writing) training.
"To Ensure each student’s excellence in core and academic skills." - The work students create for this ongoing project must be high quality to ensure publication and recognition by Opera Philadelphia.
"To Awaken and preserve the spirit of our students through the visual and digital arts, vocal arts, instrumental music, creative writing, classical ballet, foreign language, innovations in the field of science, all intertwined with technology, and;" - Students explore their current passions and learn about new ones by studying music, history, design, and theatre while they learn how to use iBooks Author to communicate their knowledge and understanding.
"To Nourish this spirit and curiosity so that students continue to flourish long after the end of formal training." - Students will be able to apply the skills they learn in this project to future collaboration projects in college and in their careers.