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This is an extremely well made rap about the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland. It goes into detail about what exactly it is, and the different components of it. There is also a ton of imagery and visuals for students because seeing only a few stills doesn’t adequately show just how impressive this achievement of mankind is. The video is actually very scientific and factual according to the Brian Clegg book “Armageddon Science”
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What an attention getter!
Wow, super cheesy but super informative. I have to admit I was totally lost during this section of the discussion. All the talk about dark matter and what not just does not click in my brain. This video, as you said, does a great job in breaking down what the LHC is and how it works. While showing this in the classroom, I would make sure to pause it throughout and explain it to the students so it makes more sense to them and really sticks in their minds. Good job.
I really like this rap! It's fun and silly and I think most kids would like it. I used a rap in my internship and noticed that the ninth graders were kind of embarrassed to admit they enjoyed something so silly, but juniors were dancing and singing with the song. I think it would help students become interested and is a pretty good explanation. It might be even better for a science class. Of course they would need a copy of lyrics to really follow the rap and actually get the information out. It could help with studying as well.
I mean, there's not a whole lot I can say about this that everyone else hasn't already said. Basically, (pardon my French), this is the s**t. I agree with Shawn that yeah, it's cheesy, but it's the kind of cheesy you can get into, so cheesy that it's cool. The music is so hilariously 90s that I actually had some nostalgia moments while listening to it. My only one slight possibly "room for improvement" thing is the cheesiness. Yeah, I think it's frakking fabulous and awesome, but you'd have to pay attention to your kids. I can see half a class loving this and the other half groaning and spacing out. But overall, so totally awesome, words can't even express. The club can't even HANDLE the LHC right now!
This is probably the greatest learning object in the history of mankind. It has everything - phat beats, rockin' round the LHC, seeing where the anti-matter's gone. What more could you ask for? Students will really get into this - it's so cheesy that is' cool again. But, it's also super-informative and catchy. This needs to be uploaded into a karaoke machine so kids can sing it. I would use it in a science classroom first - maybe an AP Physics class.
This video could be a great example of something that students themselves could try and create as an assignment or even just for fun. It's creative, but still requires some effort to pull off successfully so it can really allow students to show off the effort that they might be putting into creating a well polished product. The video itself is just serious enough to be educational, but silly enough to stick out and not be completely boring. The music and rhymes aren't too bad either. I liken this to the fabled Bill Nye the Science Guy music videos of years past.
I think this learning object will be effective and enjoyable for students. All year, we have talked about how great of a learning tool music is in the classroom. However, incorporating music into a lesson is also very difficult to do because it depends on the topic being learned. For this material, students may find it boring at first to learn about this, but that will change once they watch this video. Initially, students will be shocked and find it hilarious to see a rap made about this top. I have a feeling that students will want to watch this video multiple times due to how funny it is. For a teacher, this is great. Students will be enjoying the video and also be learning about the material through the use of a rap song. Great job finding this video and using it as a learning object!
I think this is a very good learning object that can be used in even a science classroom! It is very fast paced, but I think can be a positive thing because it will keeps students interest. There is never a dull moment in the video and new concepts are constantly being "rapped," so I think it would keep students on their toes. I do think that the language is a bit advanced for most mainstream classrooms, but I think that won't keep students from learning and taking something away from the video. However, it may be a good idea to review some of the key words so the gain a better understanding of what it being rapped about in this video. This would be a great "preview" into a lesson that discusses these things. Students could write down things they learn in the video. Or, it could be used as reinforcing the material after the lesson is taught, too. Very entertaining!
This is an awesome source. It manages to connect to students, be ti new media, music, while educating them without them knowing it. It definitely covers the basic and anyone watching it and following it can understand what it is about. It reminds me of a Bubonic Plague video I showed my students. It was a spoof of "Holla Back Gurl" but it was very educational. the students loved it and would repeat some of the lyrics throughout the internship. Funny enough stuff like this sticks with them. They'll learn something from it. Some replaying of it would always be beneficial, the students would not be opposed to it. Great job.
This would be great for either a social studies class or a science class, although I guess you'd probably have to slow it down and play it back a whole bunch of times if you really wanted students to pick up on all the science in it. Fortunately we don't have to worry so much about that teaching social studies, and this video does an excellent job of giving you just enough science to understand the basic ideas behind the hadron collider, its significance to the scientific community and to the world at large, and what it could mean to our basic understanding of the universe around us. From your rationale, I like the idea of the exit ticket in conjunction with this video so that students can reflect on what they've just learned from this very engaging learning object in their own words. I would also love to see the kind of results you'd get if you asked students to do make Youtube raps about Abraham Lincoln or the electoral college or something like that; you'd have to present it as just one of at least two options for an authentic assessment project (mostly for the sake of shy kids or those who simply don't like rap music), but the kids who choose the rap option would probably come up with some pretty hilarious and clever ideas that could even be re-appropriated for use with future classes. Good stuff!