Kearsley and Shneiderman (1998, cited in Aldred, 2009), assert that for learners to be truly engaged in their learning in an Information Communication Communication (ICT) learning environment they need to RELATE to a real-world, authentic problem scenario that is messy and ill-structured. They need to, in small teams, CREATE solutions to this problem and then DONATE the solution back into the real world.
The following project for a school based restaurant would foster Kearsley and Shneidermans relate, create, donate theory. Firstly I would have the students brainstorm ideas for the theme of the night, for example; what style of food they would be serving (country). After they had decided on the theme I would direct them to this site and have them pick out some tunes to match their theme. The music would need to be played for at least a three and a half hour period, so that would give them a big enough opening for students to be able to choose at least one possibly more, than one piece of music each.
Their ability to work as part of a team on this task is essential because we would need to make sure that the same music was not duplicated. After students have completed this task the students in the same groups have to choose one dish each for the theme night and confer with their peers what they have chosen, this in turn would be relayed back to me to make the final decision.
The students would then be given the task of pricing the menu for the night and creating menus, again to be relayed back to myself for final decision making. Following on from that the menus would need to be complied and formatted in microsoft word with one chosen piece of music embedded into it. They would then follow on and email this menu to family, teachers and other interested parties prior to the evening.
Other areas of use for students and teachers would be for projects or presentations, drama/dance classes and plays just to name a few. In lower grades especially prep to year three the calming music could be played in the background in quite time or other more upbeat tunes could be played for transitions between activities. Some of these tunes would be great to get students motivated before classes as part of their physical education requirements.
This is a piece I think would suit a theme night for a Hospitality restaurant catered for by students.
Title: Night Cave
Genre: AfricanLength: 1:50Instrumentation: Kalimba, Marimba, PercussionTempo: 104
Loose groove with a nice active bell part, and an overloud kalimba. 001 Calming, Grooving, Mystical, Relaxed (MacLeod,2008).
From what I can see this site is produced solely by one person, Kevin MacLeod. Quite amazing really and once again its all free to use.
MacLeod. K. (2008). Mediafire. Retireved August 26, 2009, from
Aldred, S. (2009). Engagement theory, Retrieved August 28, 2009, from CQUniversity moodle course, FAHE11001 Managing E-Learning.