Why This Blog?

This blog is the repository of materials I use with my students to help them think about what schools and teaching may be like in the future. I will add materials as I find them. If you have suggestions for materials that should be included here, please let me know via Twitter @drjohnhadley or by Email.

I also use these materials to stimulate an ongoing conversation with students and faculty on two questions: How do we determine whether a teacher is "technologically literate"? and Must all teachers be "technologically literate"?

The first question is the result of thinking about the second which was the central issue addressed in a 2007 post by Karl Fisch, author of The Fischbowl and Director of Technology for Arapahoe High School in Littleton, Colorado: "Is It Okay to Be A Technologically Illiterate Teacher?"

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir - 'Lux Aurumque'

Found by Jennifer Chambers (Class B Spring '10). Here's her post:
I Think I've Become A Blogger
Check this out - just amazing! A choir ensemble of 185 people peformed Lux Aurumque. That in itself doesn't seem special. Until you realize the singers never met or performed together. The entire performance was put together through the internet and posted on You Tube. This was on the WKRG 5 Early Morning News today [May 4, 2010].

Thanks Jennifer!


  1. Dr. Strange, you preaching to the choir. I love music, and this was an eye-opening experience for me. One could only imagine, the logistics involved. This was by far(in my opinion), the best demonstration, i have seen to date. I'm really impressed. Just by looking at it, put a few far-fetch thoughts, in my head. Again, well done.

  2. I watched that amazing video, and I am speechless that was really unbelievable to create such wonderful sounds from people he never met, technology is something wonderful.Unbelievable!

  3. Wow, that was pretty cool, how much time went into finding the talent for this. this was an amazing video, and goes to show that now nearly anything is possible.

  4. Wow,is the only thing that I can say about this video. Just to be able to put something like this together on the internet with people you've never met before, is amazing.With the internet and technology period anything is possible to accomplish no matter how far away people are from one another.

  5. This is an amazing video. The extended version is great too. I have never even thought about the idea of a virtual choir. Thank you for sharing about this wonderful experience of how the internet can connect so many people to create this music.

  6. This video does allude to the direction of the future and it is radical to think of how education will be affected. Awesome production, the future of education is not that far away, let us embrace change.