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ing extra for access to Ping or being locked
out because they had no credit left. DEECD
has since made a decision that students
should not be charged for bandwidth.
Ping's grand finale involved all four schools
getting together at Heywood and District
Secondary College, where MSO musicians
led students in a music-making workshop
that incorporated ideas from the online
workshop and students' compositions.
While the most obvious outcome of the
day and the project as a whole was the
high level of student engagement with the
music program, the feedback from teach-
ers indicated that this engagement has led
to improvements in student self-esteem and
sense of achievement.
Robyn Rhodes from Casterton Secondary
College says the increased participation in
music has given the students an opportunity
to succeed and be recognised in one part of
their schooling even if they might be strug-
gling in other areas.
'There was one student in particular who
has some problems with some other classes,
but he was thriving on this,' says Rhodes. 'It
had a great effect on him.'
Darren Mitchell, a teacher at Casterton
Primary, echoed that view. 'Now they're a
little recognised, they're a little taller and
prouder,' Mitchell says, 'which is a big
thing, I reckon. It'll help them forever.' T
Ralph Saubern is Learning and
Development Man ager for The Song
Room. He is currently on leave from
the Australian Council for Educational
Research where he was Gene ral Manage r
of ACER Press from 2006-2009.
Photo by Abigail Ernst courtesy of stock.
For references, visit http://teacher.acer.edu.au
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