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It's a very interesting and engaging video. I watched it myself first and then I showed it to a group of my high school students. They were focused on the video for the entire time, which is quite lengthy, and were very positive about it. There was some discussion immediately after and I was actually surprised by what they picked out to comment on. On the whole I think it was very clever in maintaining the students' interest. As far as lesson planning goes I don't think I would center a lesson around this video. It goes too fast, has too many topic flashes and covers to wide of a time period. It does not contain any information other than the topic line. I would, however, use it as an introduction to a unit or as a regrouping point in the year to illustrate where we would be going from there. It would definitely generate conversation and would hopefully be a way to garner interest and enthusiasm for the topics to be covered.
I always thought that using music in a lesson was a powerful way to keep students engaged. History can be hard for some students because of the many different names, dates, and other information that needs to be memorized. Many times students have a hard time connecting with the content and creating meaning with it. I think that music helps form meaning for many kids and then help to student make strongest connections with the content. I see the music acting as the vehicle to get the kids really thinking about the big picture or trends with certain points in history. It’s a great idea for getting the big picture across. I would use it with a science lesson from a unit I teach called structures. Still thinking of the perfect song though… I’ll need a few more minutes to come up with that!
I agree with Victoria that it is a very interesting video that would probably spark some conversations. I'm not a history teacher but if I were one I would probably use it in the beginning of the year to get their attention about all the different even that have happen in history in the past 100 years. I also agree with Jenny that music is a great way to get students to learn material. I think the KIPP program is based off of that principle. I think music is better used when the lyrics of the song are actually teaching the content though, like our adaptation video that we saw in class today.
Sarah and Victoria, I totally agree with both of you. I would probably use this video if I taught a Current events class or an American Culture class in the beginning of the year. It could create a lot of discussion. I could create a printed list of the events and students could identify whether they don't know anything about the topic, are somewhat familiar with the topic, or know a lot about the topic. It could serve as a "KWL" sort of chart for the beginning of the year. Then at the end of the year, you could show the movie again, and students could compare what they knew from the beginning of the year to the end of the year.
This is an amazing video. Even though it does go fast it can be of great use in the classroom. I know that there are a lot of things going on but you could create a lesson on how all these past events have effected them in the immediate future. I could make a lesson with the Spanish past tenses and have them describe one of the events or people in the video. You can also have them pick one of the events or people and have them research and present their findings throughout the school year to provide backgrounds to your lessons. There can also be a great discussion about the video in a history class or maybe a Spanish. It always a great opportunity to have curriculum cross over to other curriculum.I think this video is very good, it has something for everyone and I'm going to pass it along to my fellow teachers.
I have to say that this is a well-done video that is actually quite chilling. I know first hand that trying to coordinate pictures and footage to lyrics and music is very difficult and can be tedious. So, bravo to the creator for such a great job! As Victoria mentioned, this video is very engaging. While I agree with Victoria that centering a whole lesson plan around this video will likely be difficult, I do like the suggestions that Chiara makes about having students determine how many of the themes and events relayed in the video affect students today. This is a great way to start a lesson. And, it goes with what I initially thought the video to be--a great hook! As Jenny mentioned, the music is also powerful. I think that if the teacher were teaching about a particular theme or event in history, he/she could create a project where students select a song that corresponds to the theme/event and have to explain why. This would be a good way to evaluate a students understanding and synthesis of their learning. I would then use this video as an introduction to the project.
I think that this would be a great tool to use in the beginning of the school year to get the students engaged in learning history. The pictures and music I believe are great tools, pointing out the important people and events in history. It is lacking some of the important information about each event and person, but I think it would be very benefitual in a secondary classroom. If anything it is a great hook into a school year.
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