They drove it to North Minneapolis and turned it into a mobile computer lab outfitted with innovative sing-along software that research shows helps students make rapid improvements in literacy.
Kay’s “Rock ‘n’ Read” nonprofit has also helped establish computer labs in several Minneapolis public schools.
Singing and “steady-beat activities” result in better auditory processing, which is associated with higher reading achievement, Kay said. Selcer said it was important look at all available tools in helping struggling students, and the “startling results” of the “simple yet potentially powerful” method were worth exploring further.
MINNESOTA LEGISLATURE TO
Sponsored by Rep. Yvonne Selcer (Mtka), a proposed bill would provide money to explore the effects of the music software on student reading ability at three Minnesota schools, using assessments developed by the University of Minnesota.
The pilot program would be aimed at students reading below grade level, she said, and would reach up to 150 students in grades 3 to 5 in each school.
A companion bill sponsored by Sen. Alice Johnson (Blaine), awaits action by the Senate Finance Committee.
In recent years the earliest surviving Stradivari guitar has been restored and even brought back into playing condition. The restoration was carried out by the Sinier de Ridder workshop, stabilizing the body and replacing the worm-eaten 19th century neck.
It’s the only one of the five existing guitars that is playable.
The tuning is: A D G B E, the first four (ADGB) are double strings, The E is a single string.
All are gut strings.
The institute supports the notion that as a society, we are in need of healing, a process that has been described as "putting back into one's life what is missing." Perhaps that healing element is creative musical expression.
Their first finding, "Making Music Switches off Stress", WebMD, looked at 45 stress-related genes. Nineteen of these genes were reversed in the study group that participated in a recreational music-making program, The study group who spent time just relaxing only had six stress genes reversed.
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Even if your phone is not unlocked, your carrier can usually help you with unlocking it, but start this process at least a week prior to leaving.
3. If your phone isn't compatible or can't be unlocked,
you might consider buying an inexpensive, unlocked phone just for traveling.
4. Take advantage of Wi-Fi:
If your smartphone can access local WIFI, then by using Skype, FaceTime, Viber, or Google Hangouts, you may be able to handle all your communication needs, rendering all the SIM, hardware, and carrier compatibility issue irrelevant.
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If you could benefit from a locally-purchased SIM cards, here's a primer on how to replace SIM cards (be sure to keep track of the original SIM card)
SIMM Card: iPhone
No matter which method you use to pack, there is still making sure you know what to pack. Brian Teeter, in his book, Healthy Trekking Guides (Irvine CA), presents us with advise on what to bring and what NOT to bring:
Be ruthless. Aim to fit everything inside a carry-on bag. You’ll cut down on excess luggage fees, eliminate the possibility of lost luggage and simplify your life.
Finally, from onebag.com comes this enlightened promise:
If you persevere [with minimizing what you pack], you will at some point reach a transcendent moment, in which your (one) bag will be small and light enough to carry without consequence -- no longer of any meaningful concern. And from that instant, your travel experiences will be forever changed with an unfettered freedom that is beyond the comprehension of those who remain bound to their baggage.
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