Thursday, August 26, 2010

iNudge: A cool tool for making your own music

Hello everyone,
I just discovered a really cool tool for making music. It's called iNudge. My friend Christien Gagnier told me about it. Christien is a teacher at St. Clair College in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Christien and I went to the University of Windsor together.

Click the play button in the music player below. Listen to the tune (歌) I composed (作曲した). It was easy. I just played. I didn't know what my song would sound like until I was finished! Try it! Tell me what you think. Please post a comment below.

Sunday, August 01, 2010

Kanto International High School Study Abroad Class of 2008 Reunion

Kanto International High School Study Abroad Class of 2008 Reunion, originally uploaded by mick62.

Last night was a very special night. Last night I met some of my students from the Kanto International High School Study Abroad Class of 2008. We met at Gonpachi. Gonpachi is famous. Gonpachi was in the Quentin Tarantino movie Kill Bill. It was so great to see them again. They are all adults now! Amazing! All of them speak English so well now too. I'm so proud of them. I was delighted to learn that some of them are studying linguistics now, and at least one wants to become a language teacher - a Japanese language teacher, but a language teacher none the less! Shall I say it again? I'M SO PROUD OF THEM. They are my reward!!! 
I'm also very grateful that we are still connected through Facebook and Twitter. When I was a student we didn't have social networks, so I've lost touch with most of my teachers and professors, and while I was in school and university we never developed learning networks. I'm much luckier than my teachers and professors were.
Some of the fantastic work of the students in this class and the students in the other Kanto International High School Study Abroad classes can be seen by clicking this link: Kanto International H.S. Projects
If you are a teacher or student with a similar experience, please share. Please post a comment below.