Story and video by Ashley Tugwell – CHSS Coop
Stephen Central Public School was one of 500 schools across North America where students simultaneously enjoyed a free and interactive online concert. The concert, held Friday, October 10, 2014 was performed by Dave Ruch in support of Connected Educator Month. During the event the students were all smiles as they sat listening to everything Dave had to say along with participating in the sing alongs and dances.
Dave spoke with the students about his travels to India, Africa, Russia and Ireland, as well teaching them how to sing a few songs in different languages. The online concert was watched and enjoyed by 500 schools across North America, all at the same time. The day would not have been possible for Stephen Central students if not for the work of teacher and DHL creator Leigh Cassell who did the legwork to get Stephen on the list.
Dave Ruch is a teacher, musician, singer, songwriter, historian and folklorist from Buffalo, New York. Dave gives hundreds of concerts and workshops for schools, music festivals, museums and community events across the northeastern U.S, Canada and the United Kingdom. He is a member of the New York State Historical Association, Canal Society of New York State, New York Folklore Society and the Western New York Association of Historical Agencies.
The Digital Human Library (DHL) was put together by Leigh Cassell to invite the world into her classroom digitally and so far it has been a phenomenal success. Leigh has made it her personal mission to build the Digital Human Library to share the life experiences of folks across the region, district, province, country and even around the world.