SURGEON GENERAL'S WARNING: This post contains links to songs from the 80s so listening may result in Dancing With Myself (Billy Idol)
Remember the first time you saw Michael Jackson dance in "Thriller"? The 80s decade was ruled by music and for music junkies like myself it was Just like Heaven (The Cure). There were so many personal styles and granted we looked like a box of crayons just exploded on us and more was more (oh yeah…I am talking shoulder pads) but the one constant for a teen in the 80s was MTV music videos. I miss those great videos especially the statuesque women in short black dresses, jet black hairdos and red lips featured in Addicted to Love (Robert Palmer). They totally grabbed my attention so why couldn’t it do the same for the student in your classroom. Were we really that different from today's student?
This was a Cruel Summer (Bananarama) with heat but Things Can Only Get Better (Howard Jones) if you attended the Discovery Education Network Summer Institute. I was there in Bozeman, Montana and I was reminded of those fun videos when Wes Fryer’s daughter demoed an app Called Video Star. She changed transitions while lip syncing Call Me Maybe. That is when it hit me like in Sweet Dreams (Eurythmics)….why couldn’t this be brought into the classroom with curriculum songs. Then someone did Send Me an Angel (Real Life) who had created fun educational songs …Lodge McCammon. His songs share concepts and even vocabulary. I am still singing 2 over 10 = x over 5 from the song I downloaded. Lodge provides the lyrics and even an explanation for the songs.
I created my own MathTV video. So What You Need (INXS)….a song, a teacher (or it could be some students), and the app.
Song: I downloaded The song “Line Up” from the Discovery Education site (search for songs) and when I downloaded it from the site it went directly into my iTunes. I synced my iPad and pulled the song into the app from my songs on the iPad. You could also download music from his website http://www.iamlodge.com/
Teacher: Now you are probably saying People Are People (Depeche Mode) but I had to find a teacher who would be willing to be the STAR of my video and who would not be Too Shy (Kajagoogoo). Her name was not Rio (Duran Duran) but Ms. Kaiser – 6th grade math teacher. Her teacher superpower is her enthusiasm.
App: I downloaded the Video Star App at http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/video-star/id438596432?mt=8. There is a share feature that will allow you to email the video (.mov file) or send it directly to YouTube when you are finished.
You have everything you need…you can create a fun video with rock stars like this one starring Ms. Kaiser http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=42xRfK_bfkw. The students will love it and this FREE app may just become an Obsession (Animotion)!
Now... it is your turn. Are you Hungry Like a Wolf (Duran Duran) to try this? What would you use for a music video? What do you think about Lodge's site? Share your ideas or teacher/student videos with the community.
I enjoyed the video that Mrs. Kaiser starred in and you put together! Songs are definitely a great way to help you memorize facts. While trying to dig a little deeper I came across articles on how music can influence learning using Google Scholar. This one caught my eye, a capstone project by Julie Schiffmacher titled "How can I use music to support all students in their ability to acquire literacy?"
In the thesis she refers to other research and gives good examples on how music can help students acquire language. She discusses an increase is phonemic fluency, and the advantage of singing and signing along with the music to help with vocabulary and context. Music also provides another mode for students to learn from: auditory. In addition there are social components, i.e. student interactions that can aid in comprehension when music is incorporated.
I think your post encourages the further exploration of using music in learning and I for one am glad you took the time to share the how and the tools to make learning more interactive and stimulating! Rock on, my friend!
I came across this post the other day regarding other apps you can use to create and edit videos and integrate into YouTube. Some are apps that have been mentioned before and others are new to me. I thought it'd be worth mentioning 9 Great Animation and Video Creation Tools Integrated with YouTube for Teachers The animation and video creation tools noted are:
One last response (LOL) a friend of mine created this cute song to help children learn to write their numerals and I thought I'd share it I know it's old school but I bet that it'd be a great song to create a VideoStar video to! I'll have to share it with her and post when it's done. Thanks for sharing the APP and sharing your post!
Scroll down on page to see the words that accompany the Numeral Jam by Johnette Roberts
An 80s gal