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General Topics => Funny or Cool Stuff => Topic started by: jmerchant88 on March 15, 2014, 04:48:41 PM

Title: Make a Music Video!
Post by: jmerchant88 on March 15, 2014, 04:48:41 PM
This is an idea I'm basing off of an activity I did with elementary students learning English in France. At the end of the year, I choreographed a dance for them to learn to a popular Katy Perry song. I had to do some minor editing to leave certain parts of the song out (to keep things appropriate), but most of the students had heard the original song anyway. I chose to use her "Hot N Cold" song because there were lots of antonyms in the chorus (e.g. hot and cold, yes and no, in and out, up and down, wrong and right, black and white, stay and go). That was the type of vocabulary my beginning students had been learning, so I thought they would be able to understand the song better that way. My students were so thrilled to be using a popular American song in class and had so much fun doing it. Something like this could be used as a reward for hard work, or even just to take a break. To apply this to technology and CMC, I thought that students could make their own music video to a popular song. This could be a one day project, or it could span over a matter of days or weeks. This would depend on how much the teachers wanted to guide the project, the level of the students, and the objectives of the activity. If students were working with another school, like a telecollaborative project, they could share their videos with each other. I'm sure there are many other ways an activity like this could be used, but that is just an idea I've been thinking about for a bit. I hope you find it interesting!
Title: Re: Make a Music Video!
Post by: ArielTheMermaid on April 01, 2014, 12:38:46 PM
AHHH I always have mini (actually really long) day dreams while driving or walking about making music videos with my students! I think this is an awesome idea to use in a classroom with younger students especially. I guess I am just wondering how long with this take? I think sometimes we view these fun activities as adjunct to the normal lesson--but personally I think it would be fun if a whole unit was about making a music video--with grammar, and other "language components" embedded into the activity. Because sometimes as teachers we think--"How can we fit that into the curriculum?" But I think the larger question is--"How can we fit the curriculum into that?" By making this a larger portion of the classroom curriculum, and embedding our necessary teaching requirements into this Music Video--we can use a fun, task-based activity to learn. And this way, the music video is seen a long-term project and will be taken more seriously by the students.
Title: Re: Make a Music Video!
Post by: jmerchant88 on May 02, 2014, 03:37:19 PM
That is a great idea to make this into an entire unit and long-term project. In that case, it could last for weeks or even months. If the project is to last that long, I would imagine that most of the editing would be done by the students with the teacher as more of a facilitator. I'm wondering, what do you think would be good grammar topics to embed into a long-term project like this?

I think you make a good point about trying to fit the curriculum around a project like this. With careful planning, I think this could be a very educational and memorable project for students.