Archive | September 2013

Manifesto 7 Review #HipHopEd #HipHopEdTO



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A great weekend of community, culture, celebration and arts! What started off as primary Hip Hop, it has evolved to include many other aspects which I believe lends itself to the diversity of Toronto.

Friday Evening DJ Event: “The Beat” at Adelaide hall featured some pretty crazy DJs, headliner Oddisee got to spin and spit at the event, killing both! The $20 dollar tickets were a bit high but understanding it helps fund the entire weekend of events, I was cool with it. Elaquent and Rich Kidd both put on amazing shows while a few others I didn’t feel showcased the true art of Dj’ing.

Saturday’s George Brown event: “So Much Things To Say: Evolution Summit” was hosted at the sleek waterfront campus and had too many great sessions to name. I attended “Art Education and Empowerment” session with some great #HipHopEd people Sam Seidel ( , Francesca D’Amico ( , Mohammad Ali Aumeer (  and moderated by Shaheen Ariefdien ( The session had many great points brought up in terms of including youth in the decision making process and giving them power.  Allowing youth to use their cultural capital to influence programs and policies that will ultimate affect them.  There needs to be recognition that today’s youth may not see hip hop as we see hip hop, so recognizing there may be a generational gap.  In the secondary and post secondary level often arts are seen as electives/ ”bird courses” which can make participating, teaching and getting a job from them difficult.  Sam shared a great equation: Arts + Education + Hustle = Change x community. He added community as a factor because if you have representation, support and an active community you will see massive gains in the change.

Sunday’s event felt like a true community celebration as the Friday and Saturday events were either limited to youth under 19 (19+ DJ Event) or required a paid registration online.  Yonge-Dundas Square was over spilling with energy and passion.  The performers on the stage did a great job but where I felt the true connections were walking around speaking to the community partners and vendors.  Even though some were selling a product, they all have passion for Toronto arts and most if not all were involved in some other community work. Each 1 Teach 1 (  program created by Tina Khan (  was there at a booth displaying the many benefits to her program and their printed shirts which looked great.  Ride or Die Project ( and Stolen From Africa (  not only had great merchandise but strong roots in community and creating change locally and globally.  Former students had a booth for their own clothing line! Check out ( and Berma ( .

Check out Sam Seidel’s book here – Hip Hop Genius: Remixing Education


Teacher Talk: ESL and Bitstrips with Brandon Zoras

Thanks Bitstrips for featuring me on your blog. Keep up the great work the students love Bitstrips

Bitstrips for Schools


Each month we like to feature teachers who are making a difference and using Bitstrips for Schools as a teaching tool. This month our feature is on Brandon Zoras.

For 10 months during the year Brandon Zoras is a science teacher for the Toronto District School Board. However, in the summer, he travels to Taiwan to teach English as a part of the AYJ Global Interactive English Program. Although teaching science to teenagers in Ontario is quite a different experience than teaching English to students in Taiwan, Zoras enthusiastically uses Bitstrips for Schools in both classrooms: “Even though I am into Science I have always loved Art.  So being able to bring an arts based activity in my classes is amazing.  I also wanted the students to be able to express themselves in different ways.”


Zoras uses Bitstrips for School as a fun way to help his ESL students demonstrate…

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Introducing Scientists My Students Can Relate To #Equity #Science

Starting at a new school I wanted to get some decorations up in my new classroom. I had some leftover posters and diagrams to turn a bare classroom into a science room.  More importantly I wanted the students to feel that they all can be scientists.  I wanted to show scientists from a variety of backgrounds and experiences that made big discoveries. I started my search on Google for scientists and compiled a small collection that represent my students in terms of background, ability, familial setting, socioeconomic status, etc. We simply can not just present student X with a scientist that was born in the same country as them and walk away expecting something meaningful. They may not have any connection with that scientist and may be more inspired by another scientist from a different country but may share some other commonalities.  By having these posters up all year for students to read when they walk by, or discuss will transform the norm of a Eurocentric view of science and show the contributions across the globe towards science as a whole.

Please feel free to comment on scientists you feel should be included

FYI all information is copied from the source listed by each person and not my own writing.

Download here: famous scientists