The RE@L Flash Mob Adds A Few Verses Of Their Own From "Les Miserables"

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Last week we published a flash Mob video of a group of West Des Moines teachers at their opening school meeting and suddently breaking into a powerful song from the musical, “Les Miserables.”

It spoke to how important it is for us educators to be ready and able to serve these young student who are returning to our classrooms everywhere.

Click on the photo at the right to see and hear it! WDesMoinesTchrs

We promised to get back to you with some terse and pithy thoughts of our own among the RE@L Team….those of us who have known education and have been in those classrooms full of young learners. We promised not to sing our comments, so be glad for that! We know whereof these West Des Moines teachers sing. 

Here are our RE@L Responses: 

DalePortrait1_SnapseedChairman of the RE@L Board, Dale LaFrenz, who taught math to many students at all levels, and brought powerful computer software to kids:

“Teaching is the essence of an onward-and-upward philosophy…. Accommodating and harnessing CHANGE is a big part of progress. 

Who adapts to rapid change better than K12 students?  No one! Who keeps up, pushes and steers their enthusiasm? Teachers!

Digital technology is the spark for this generation of education. RE@L will harness the myriad of new tools for the benefit of students/teachers!”


SarahBass2014Learning Innovator and Co-Founder, Sarah Bass, who in the past has taught Family and Consumer Sciences in the Twin Cities for many years:

“My classroom teacher background and enthusiasm for the “ teacher school opening Flashmob video” compels me to say:
  • Open the door for students to become life long learners!
  • Relevant experiences in the classroom are a must.
  • Technology is huge in the lives of students, they are into it - a GIVEN in our students’ world!
  • Teachers: Bring your students’ world into the classroom.
  • Teachers and parents: step up your own commitment- - Join the flashmob of technology!
  •  Increase students’ exposure to new learning opportunities – encourage them to actively participate
  • Technology is here and students are deeply involved. Extend student learning into everyday life experiences. 
  • Embrace education technology and how it will enhance the teaching, learning and connections in your classroom.
  • The three-step experience process is: Classroom; Field; Connect to RE@L world practitioners.”


DonRawitschDon Rawitsch, Executive Vice-President of Product Development, who was the co-creator of “Oregon Trail,” arguably the Best Learning Simulation software of all time:

“Notice how the harmony of the singers strengthens their message.  So it is in how we put knowledge to use.  The power of STEM is the “harmonization” of the four subjects, allowing students to see how problems in our world can be solved. 

RE@L STEM Investigations empower teachers to guide explorations that integrate these subjects and empower students to experience the work performed in high demand career areas.  RE@L products provide valuable instructional return on investing “one day more.” “



Lastly, BlogMeister and RE@L Team Member, Tom King, has been a teacher for many years and a learner for all of them. His motto is: “That More May Learn More!” Here’s Tom’s quote:

We need more spontaneity in this changing K12 world of ours. A Flash Mob of a caring and competent teachers is a fine place to startThose West Des Moines Flash Mob teachers sang as a team. They harmonized. Harmony comes from each of us adding more music to the melody. RE@L’s STEM products add that, too. 

With apologies to the cast of  “Les Miserables” for a few word changes, their closing chorus must become our opening K12 Overture everywhere K12 change for the better is sought.

Here’s our RE@L verse:  a chorus that calls to all of us:

“Is there a world you long to see?

Do you hear the people sing?

Say, do you hear the distant drums?

It is the future that we bring

When tomorrow comes!

Will you join in our crusade?

Who will be strong and stand with me?”


RE@L wants to stand strong with the K12 kids of today, and

to help them learn the job skills for a career of tomorrow in a world we long to see.

How about you?

RE@L invites all you teachers and educators and parents and learners out there to join the Chorus for Changing Tomorrow.  


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Tom King & Dale LaFrenz

Dr. Tom King has served for over 40 years as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Saint Thomas in the School of Education. The Saturn School of Tomorrow, formerly a St. Paul Public School, and his visionary response to educational reform, was a lighthouse on the frontier of school change. Tom was an experienced high school teacher of mathematics, a school administrator, and Director of Technology for the St. Paul MN Public Schools. He is also a member of the RE@L Team. Dr. Dale LaFrenz is Chairman of RE@L and one of the founders of MECC Software who brought “Oregon Trail” to millions of K12 kids everywhere. He has written extensively on the history and evolution of Ed Tech. His work in forging new paths for MECC’S “edutainment" software was instrumental in connecting school-markets, kids, teachers and consumer-markets/kids/parents, and now serves as the new launching pad for RE@L apps and software.