A few weeks ago Jennifer Hall of Krueger Middle School asked me to review her music video project and give her a few tools that her students could use to execute the assignment. She had found some pre-created sample videos on YouTube to inspire her students (see below).
Too Late to Apologize: A Declaration
The assignment is as follows:
- Students select a historical period or event (between Pre-Colombian and 1890).
- Students research the event and locate 10 artifacts of historical information (e.g. visual, text, audio) to support the selection
- Students create a music video to showcase the artifacts and retell the event.
- Videos are 30 seconds to 2-3 minutes
- Videos could be animated, live action, or a series of stills
- The music could be original music and lyrics (both created by students), existing music with original lyrics (lyrics rewritten by students), or existing music that fits the project without alterations
Here are some of the tools (apps, software, and Web 2.0) that I suggested be used to achieve the final product:
- Software: PhotoStory
- Web 2.0: Animoto
- Apps: Videolicious, Cartoonatic, Sonic Pics, Slideshow+, StoryRobe . I also came across Film Genie & Roxio PhotoShow after we met.
Get inspired to rock out your History classroom (History for Music Lovers – YouTube)
The French Revolution (“Bad Romance” by Lady Gaga)
The Gettysburg Address
The Battles at Lexington and Concord in Lego
Ballad of Benjamin Franklin *Music Video*
Why Study History?