Showing posts with label Music Video. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Music Video. Show all posts

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Short Math and Science Lessons in Rap Form

Rhyme 'n Learn is a series of math and science lessons presented in short rap music form. About half of the raps are provided in video format with visuals to support the lesson. The other half of the lessons are audio only, but do have transcripts available to help your students or you follow along. A couple of the video raps are embedded below.


Friday, November 23, 2012

Rhyme 'n Learn Integers Rap

Rhyme 'n Learn has just released a new educational rap video for your students' listen and viewing pleasure. The new video is all about integers. The rap video uses the Khan Academy style blackboard with a rap explanation of integers. I've embedded the video below. You can find the transcript as well as the audio for the video on the Rhyme 'n Learn website.


Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Quickly Create a Music Video on Tracking Shot

Tracking Shot is a simple music video creation tool that apparently has been around for a while, but I just recently learned about it from Nathan Hall. Tracking Shot is kind of like a stripped-down version of Animoto.

To create a music video using Tracking Shot just upload some pictures, upload music, and let Tracking Shot mix the video. If you're not happy with the original mix, click the remix link and get a new version of the video. One of the limitations of Tracking Shot is that the only ways to share your videos is by email or by posting a link online. There doesn't appear to be an embed option available.

Applications for Education
Like Animoto, Tracking Shot isn't a tool that you would have students use for complex digital stories. For creating a short video book trailer or a for creating a short overview of a story, Tracking Shot could be a good tool to use.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Heart Rap - A Rap Explanation of How the Heart Works

Rhyme 'n Learn is back with another educational rap music video. This latest addition to their catalog is called Ur Blood, Brother. The video explains the basic functions of the human heart. The video can be found on YouTube or on the Rhyme 'n Learn website. The video includes captions with the lyrics. If you want an easy-to-print version of the lyrics, visit Rhyme 'n Learn.


Applications for Education
As I was watching the video last night I thought to myself,  "this is kind of like Khan Academy set to rap." The video has some basic graphics to support the text. The video could be a catchy review for some students.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Math Rap - Don't Let Pi Make Ya Cry

Rhyme 'N Learn produces clean rap songs about math and science. They've just released a new song, "Don't Let Pi Make Ya Cry." In this new song students are introduced to the function of Pi. You can watch the video below. And if you really like the song, you can buy it along with other Rhyme 'N Learn productions on iTunes and CD Baby.

Monday, August 1, 2011

A Pop Culture History Lesson

I hate to remind anyone of his or her age, but since I was reminded by Open Culture I thought I'd remind you too, MTV turned 30 today! Back then they played music videos not Jersey Shore or Real World (which never seemed real even in the early seasons of the show when I was a teenager). I can't think of any use for the video below other than as a short introduction to a lesson on American culture in the 1980's. Enjoy a trip down memory lane.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

A Video Attempt to Motivate Students

Last week a reader from Indiana sent me a link to a video that he and his colleagues made, in his words, "to motivate students to pass the state test." I watched the video and thought that it was a good example of teachers putting themselves "out there" for their students. Most of us dislike standardized testing, but unfortunately it's a part of our professional lives. So if you can't make standardized testing go away perhaps you can do like these teachers did and try to put a fun spin on test preparation.
Here it is, enjoy!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Inspiration for Marching Band Directors

Perhaps because I was a "band geek" in high school, I really like this video of the Notre Dame Marching Band. The video, which I found on Open Culture, shows that marching bands do more than just play John Philip Sousa tunes.

OK Go - This Too Shall Pass from OK Go on Vimeo.


Applications for Education
If you're trying to recruit students for your high school marching band, this video might be helpful in showing students that marching bands can be "cool."

Friday, January 8, 2010

Herbie Hancock Performs at TED

It's Friday afternoon and a great time for listening to some nice jazz music. This TED Talk, featured today on the TED Blog, isn't actually a talk, it's a performance by jazz great Herbie Hancock. Music teachers looking to share with their students examples of great jazz artists may enjoy this one.

Click here if you cannot see the video.

For more TED Talk goodness, check this list of 15 must-watch TED Talks.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Video - I Need My Teachers to Learn

Kevin Honeycutt has recently released an updated version of his music video I Need My Teachers to Learn. It's a nice little video about the importance of teachers being life-long learners who adapt their teaching methods to meet the needs of today's students.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas!

Just a quick note to say Merry Christmas to all of you who are celebrating Christmas today. I hope you all have a great time with your loved ones today. And if by chance you are reading this blog today, I have posted a couple of "classic" posts from the last two years for you to enjoy.

The Twelve Days of Christmas performed by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you who are celebrating the holiday today. It's been a great year for me and I hope it has been great for you too.

And just as many radio stations play this at noon on Thanksgiving I thought I'd share with you Alice's Restaurant. If you're interested in learning more about this song, Wikipedia has a decent article.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Sesame Street Turns 40

All week Google has had images of Sesame Street characters on its homepage because next week marks the 40th anniversary of the premier of Sesame Street. Over the years many celebrities have appeared on the show including bands like REM. If you'd like to start your Friday on a happy note, watch this video of REM performing "Furry, Happy, Monsters" on Sesame Street.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Coltrane Animated

Here's a clever little video in which the sheet music to John Coltrane's Giant Steps is matched to the audio recording.



Thanks to Open Culture for the video.

Applications for Education
This video might be of use and interest to music teachers as an introduction to Jazz or listening exercise.

Back when I was playing the tuba in high school, listening to the audio recordings of the pieces we were learning sped-up the process of learning the music. The same is probably true today. If by chance your high school jazz band is trying to learn Giant Steps, this video might be helpful to your students.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Free Music Archive

The Free Music Archive provides free, high-quality, music in a wide range of genres. The content on Free Music Archive is used under various creative commons licenses. The New York State Music Fund provided initial funding for FMA. FMA seeks to maintain a high-quality resource through the use of selected curators who approve or deny all submissions to the collection.

Anyone can download music from FMA for use in podcasts, videos, and other digital presentation formats. The music collections can be searched by genre or by curator.

Applications for EducationFMA could be a good resource for high school students looking for music tracks to use in podcasts and videos. There is an audio/visual/broadcast communications course taught at my school. FMA is the type of resource for which those students are often seeking.

I would be hesitant to use FMA in middle school or elementary school because of some of the language that students might find in some of the audio clips.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
Free Podcasting Solutions
Free Music and Pictures for Schools
The Oldies Come to Animoto's Music Library

Thursday, February 26, 2009

A Monsters Morning

This morning, the students in my first class of the day were a little "grumpy" and "dragging." One of my students said something to the effect of, "hey why can't you guys be happy" which prompted my mind to think of the band REM performing "Furry Happy Monsters" on Sesame Street. So I jumped on YouTube and brought up a video of REM performing on Sesame Street and played it for my class. Some of them liked it and some were indifferent, but the end result was that the 3 minute video put enough kids in a better mood to make the class more enjoyable for everyone. The video is embedded below.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

We Didn't Start the Fire Montage

Billy Joel's 1989 hit song, We Didn't Start the Fire, has been used social studies lesson plans for almost 20 years now. The song mentions major world events from 1949 through 1989. This video matches an image to every event mentioned in the song.
Thanks to Open Culture for sharing the video.


Applications for Education
One way that this song has been used by social studies teachers is by having students conduct research projects on the events mentioned in the song. Now that there are great video creation tools like Animoto, students could create their own video about the same set of events. A more original use of the concept would be to have students create a song or music video about important world events in their lifetimes.