Sunday, January 2, 2011

History For Music Lovers

There are teachers who go above and beyond to ensure that their students are hooked on a lesson and then there is Amy Burvall, from the Le Jardin Academy in Kailua, Oahu, and her creative partner, Herb Mahelona.
The two decided to make history fun and exciting by using popular music that they and their students were listening to. So they changed a few of the lyrics, created their own music videos and posted them to YouTube. Want to learn about the French Revolution? "Lady Gaga" can tell you all about it. Does the Black Death sound grim and morbid? Not when "Gwen Stefani" sings it!  

I've got to give it to Burvall. She puts herself out there by getting in front of the camera and singing all of the songs. But it sounds and looks great. Her students must get excited when she is about to introduce the next unit on Cleopatra as "Fergie"!

Here's a link to a recent story in the Washington Post and a link to their YouTube Channel.

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