Dave Ruch: The Largest Online Gathering of K-5 Classrooms

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These boys wanted to sit closest to the action!

Dave Ruch is a dedicated and talented performer and teacher artist from Buffalo, NY. However, geography is a non-issue if you’d like to have Dave entertain and educate the students in your classroom. All that’s required is an Internet connection, laptop or other device that is hooked up to a projector/SmartBoard, and you’ll have yourself a live, interactive concert in your classroom or school.

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My class at the beginning of the concert. It wasn’t long before the majority were on their feet, along with their makeshift signs.

At the end of October, which is Connected Educator Month, he will be hosting a FREE live-streaming concert from his home studio in Buffalo and is encouraging as many participants from across the globe as possible! As a teacher who has had the pleasure of inviting Dave into my Grade 4/5 classroom last year, I can guarantee you that this is not an experience to be missed. His timed responses are so spot-on that it took a lot of convincing for my students to believe that he could not actually SEE them. They were engaged from start to finish.

The largest online gathering of K-5 students will be held on Friday, October 30th at 1:15 EST.

For more information about this event, and/or to book Dave Ruch for your classroom/school, please visit his website or the digital Human Library, where he is one of our MeBooks.

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digital Human Library and professional artist Omari Newton

Omari Newton is in the digital Human Library!

Montreal-born artist Omari Newton is a professional actor, writer, Slam poet and MC whose work can be found on television, film, stage or radio.

Omari’s work in television and film includes playing Lucas Ingram in the Showcase series Continuum, Larry Summers in the Spike series Blue Mountain State and the newly completed Blue Mountain State: The Rise of Thadland movie, and also lends his voice talents to the character Black Panther on the TV mini-series Wolverine vs. Sabretooth and as Jefferson Smith in Max Steel (to name a few).

His stage work in Quebec has earned him a number of favorable reviews and awards. Some career highlights include a best supporting actor nomination (soiree des masques) for his work in the Centaur Theatre’s production of Joe Penhal’s “Blue Orange” (Christopher). The play also went on to win best English language production.

He is a proud Graduate of Concordia University’s Communication Studies program. As a writer, he’s completed his original Hip Hop theatre piece “Sal Capone: The Lamentable Tragedy of” which recently completed successful runs in both Montreal & Vancouver in 2013. The play was nominated for a Montreal English Theatre Award for best original script.

Omari had visited my ProD session at O’Gorman High School in Timmins, Ontario from his home in Vancouver, BC. Using Google Hangouts and his magnetic personality, he engaged the teachers in ice breakers and had the entire room up and laughing. Screenshot 2015-07-10 12.49.34

Register, visit his MeBook at the digital Human Library and book him for your classroom!

My first dHL artist connection

Meet Dave Ruch, my first official artist connection to the digital Human Library!  Dave is a historian, entertainer, educator, comedian, folklorist, and musician based out of Buffalo NY.  He will be putting on a FREE online, interactive concert for students K-5 on Friday, October 10th at 1:15 pm.  For more information about Dave and how to contact him for login information, please read Leigh (of dHL)’s blog here.

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Dave Ruch