Is your school or school district still blocking access to YouTube (even for teachers) and ignoring the ethical need to promote balanced content filtering? Perhaps some of these videos, available on the “History for Music Lovers” YouTube channel, can help you “change hearts and minds” of your administration to understand the constructive value of digital video.

If you’re studying overthrow of the monarchy in France in the late 1700s, you’ll want to check out “The French Revolution,” an interpretive remix of “Bad Romance” by Lady Gaga.

coming of the french revolutionphoto © 2005 CHRIS DRUMM | more info (via: Wylio)

Studying the bubonic plague in Europe in the 1300s? Check out “Black Death,” a reinterpretation of “Hollaback Girl” by Gwen Stefani.

There are over 50 videos currently on the historyteachers YouTube channel. Follow @historyteacherz on Twitter as well as Facebook, in addition to subscribing to their YouTube channel to stay up to date with new releases.

These videos are not only great examples of how digital media integrating contemporary music as well as themes can be used to help students learn curricular concepts, they are also great discussion catalysts for conversations about copyright and fair use.

Hat tip to Jan (an English teacher in Norman Public Schools) for sharing these videos today during a break at our Oklahoma State debate tournament at OU.

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One Response to Great Historical, Interpretive Remix Videos

  1. seantierney says:

    Another great example of people using video to get a point across is the project DeforestACTION – which has seen kids around the world unite around the theme of deforestation. In this example, they are judging 18-35 year olds on their video submissions to become heroes in a 3D movie about the project the kids are running.
    It’s quite incredible to think how empowering this must be for kids, and to see how much they are learning. Check out or to find out more.

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