Moving at the Speed of Creativity by Wesley Fryer

Starting the School Year Off Right with a Faculty & Staff Lip Dub

Faculty and staff in O’Neill, Nebraska, have kicked off a new school year with a fun new media twist: In two hours they planned and recorded a wonderful lip dub set to Journey’s song, “Don’t Stop Believing.”

There are TONS of great scenes in this lib dub, but my favorite is definitely the guitar solo by the man in green about 3 minutes and 20 seconds into the video.

A rockin' guitar solo!

Faculty and staff in O’Neil public schools created this lib dub as a response to their high school students’ April 2011 lib dub set to, “I Gotta Feeling” by the Black Eyed Peas.

For more background about that April video, see LuAnn Schindler’s April 30th article, “O’Neill students share ‘feeling’ of school spirit.” If you know more of the “back story” to this video, please share it as a comment, or share links to blog posts/articles about this video. I’m sure this video will kick off the school year on a positive note for everyone in O’Neill, Nebraska. Passionate, fun-loving and digitally savvy teachers like these are yet another reason Nebraskans Love Public Schools. Is it any surprise O’Neill Junior-Senior High School is an Apple Distinguished School? Of course not!

Way to go O’Neill educators!

Hat tip to Larry Anderson for sharing this video via Facebook.

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3 responses to “Starting the School Year Off Right with a Faculty & Staff Lip Dub”

  1. Katie Morrow Avatar
    Katie Morrow

    We are honored to be featured in a “Speed of Creativity” blog post by you, Wes!  Truly a great story that started with a simple question by a student: “Have you ever seen a lip dub” and turned into a student-directed project that amplified school spirit and the power of what is possible, if you just give it a try!

    Here is a “behind the scenes” look at the first OHS lip dub by Mr. Mike Peterson’s 4th period Digital Media class: 

    We are pretty proud of our school and very humbled by your positive comments above.  Thanks again.

    Katie Morrow
    O’Neill Public School
    Teacher and Technology Integration Specialist

  2. Mike Peterson Avatar

    Thanks so much for your awesome review of our lip dub!!  My Digital Media class created the first student lip dub (which was ENTIRELY THEIR IDEA!!)  I had no idea what a lip dub was until they showed me and I knew we had to attempt one!  The staff lip dub was the brainchild of our Superintendent, Amy Shane.  She approached me to see if we could pull it off in a short amount of time.  The teachers were great about planning their costumes, actions, etc. all I had to do was basically plan out the route to the song.  It was so much fun and the kids ABSOLUTELY LOVED watching it the first day of school.  Thanks again for noticing what we do in “little old O’Neill…”

  3. Amy Shane Avatar
    Amy Shane

    I was looking for a way to get my staff fired up about the new year, and remembered the huge surge of school spirit that our school felt when students created their first lip dub last year.  I wanted that same excitement for my staff and I got it.  They stepped up to the plate and knocked it out of the park!  So proud of their creativity and their willingness to color outside the lines!  Thanks for recognizing our district on your blog…
    Amy Shane
    Superintendent, O’Neill Public Schools