Monday, July 16, 2018

Learning about vikings



The Vikings And Their Influence In Ireland 

*By Lisa Ann Freeman 




The Vikings conjures fearsome invaders who once controlled some parts of the world like Ireland. There are myths and legends that bring fear and sometimes reverence when the stories of these men are told.

Today, we watch the make-believe stories and battles of the Vikings on the big screen movies. We are intrigued when we witness how they lived and their love lives. The chests and buried treasures are not what we are talking about in this article. However, we have information that will educate you about these men. Here are some of the things you should know about these adventurers.

The Hermits Baptized Vikings

There was a time Vikings intimidated the Christian communities in Ireland on their quest for gold. The Norsemen battered and burned countless homes, monastic spots and churches around the country. The Viking marauders developed a relationship with the Irish monks. Olaf Tryggvason, who later became the King of Norway was baptized by a resident hermit on the island of Skellig Michael in County Kerry.

The Vikings Gave Ireland Names

We should be grateful to the Vikings for giving places in Ireland different names like Waterford, Smerwick Harbour, Strangfyorthe" and Butter Harbour".

They Scare Away Monks

Vikings founded Waterford and Dublin, and their stay was peaceful in Ireland. Monks were scared away and they were forced to hide their crosses, valuable chalices and gold in a round tower. Though, these monks were smoked out when the tower was burnt.

Vikings Were Lovers of Art

Countless and priceless relics that have become historical were influenced by Vikings. The stylish Urnes stave church was one of the creativity of Vikings. The stone sarcophagus that is found in the Cormac's Chapel at the Rock of Cashel and The Cross of Cong are some of the works of these ruthless men.

Brian Boru Intimidated the Vikings

In the early 11th century, Brian Boru, who later became the High King of Ireland witnessed the death of his mother and his tribe by Vikings, became the enemy of the Norsemen and ended up as the savior of Ireland. Unfortunately, he was murdered and buried in the North Wall found in St Patrick's Church of Ireland Cathedral in Armagh.

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Saturday, July 14, 2018

Quote of the Day


Quote of the Day





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“The soul never thinks

 without a picture.” 


~ Aristotle




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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Teaching Music History



Teaching Music History - Make it Interesting and Fun
*By M. Umesh


Music history is one of the least loved subjects among most people who choose to study music. In general, history is considered very boring, as most people feel extremely drained listening to the long lectures about what people did in the past. They often think "when I am going to become a composer or a musician myself, why should I care about what some other people did long ago?" Thus, it is very difficult to make students feel interested, or take music history more seriously. Indeed, if it was an optional subject, not many students would have chosen to learn it.


Thus, you need to be very creative here, so that you can make students see the benefit of you Teaching Music History. As you are Teaching Music History, you must see to it that the classes are interactive, and are fun. People get very tired when they have to listen to long lectures without anything to do except scribble notes. If you keep asking them questions, or ask them their opinions, they will pay more attention.


You can also include some fun activities. Try to bring older forms of musical instruments, or old pieces of music. Ask your students to prepare an assignment where they will have to play any piece of their choice, but in the way the people of a certain period played it. This will get their creative minds working, and they can understand better how music has evolved. It will help them in the long run, as they mull over various innovative ways to make their music more interesting.


You can also get them to relate the older forms of music to their daily life. As you are Teaching Music History, you can pause at a certain period, and then ask your students if they knew what their grandparents used to love listening to when they were children. This will help them get closer to their family members as well.

So you see... learning this stuff needn't be always boring; it can be made very exciting and fun.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Recommended Resources



Check out these fantastic recommended resources; they'll help you see the world in a brighter light :)


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Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century. With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community.
Scratch is a project of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab. It is provided free of charge. https://scratch.mit.edu/about

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Interested in alternative energy? In this discussion, Kirk Sorensen shows us the liquid fuel thorium reactor -- a way to produce energy that is safer, cleaner and more efficient than current nuclear power.


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American Forests Organization https://www.americanforests.org protects, restores, educates re: healthy eco-systems ...and has done so for 140 years.

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