Blue October: Cooking up Educational Experiences

Blue October: The Chills: As I have been accused of having iPad and apps terrets, I wanted to share another passion of mine… music. More specifically, Blue October, a band that I have been following for over 10+ years.

On the evening of June 27th my husband and I had just nestled in bed to watch the premier of True Blood. As he was checking his FaceBook feed, he noticed Blue October had posted a notice that they were shooting the video for the single “The Chills” (the song is not rated as explicit but does have some mild profanity) from their upcoming album and anyone that could make it there before 9pm could be in the crowd. Needless to say, I threw on some jeans and a tank and I was out the door. The shoot was absolutely amazing but I don’t really need to share all of the details as I have created a tagged narrative of my evening via BlipSnips.

Blue October: The Chills

BlipSnips: I was very eager to find some way to share my once-in-a-lifetime opportunity with my colleagues. As I am an Instructional Technology Specialist, I had to find a way to put an educational spin on the experience . Thus, I decided to seek out Web 2.0 tools that educators can use to edit and annotate YouTube videos. Blipsnips will require a login. It is quite easy to use and the end result is a tagged list (you can click on the times to transport you to that moment in the video) as you see below. I will say that I was a bit disappointed that the blipsnips didn’t appear more ala VH1 pop-up video or even at the bottom of the page as a news ribbon as that was my original attention. Nonetheless, I was able to share both my story and a useful tool for educators. (Couldn’t resist…Blipsnips is also a free app!)

Got a pic with Justin at a 5591 show in 2004

How might this tool be used educationally?

Consider annotating a you tube video for students with questions at certain time markers or having students create their own tagged list of facts, misconceptions, character traits, plot analysis, etc… for an educational video selection. There is quite a bit of research that goes into such fact-finding and the activity is high interest. Not to mention that music is a powerful teaching resource and fits in quite nicely with elements of digital storytelling.

Check out these YouTube tools too: Quietube, ViewPure, and TubeChop.

Please share other tools to annotate or edit YouTube videos for educational/classroom use and the resulting lessons and activities associated with them.

 

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2 Comments

  1. Lisa D

    I stumbled across your blog this morning as I was reviewing various ideas and apps for the iPad. I was amazed to find a fellow tech integrationist that is passionate about Blue October. I have loved Blue October since their beginning, when they came to Kansas City for a free concert to launch a local radio station, which has long since died. Thankfully Blue October has not. Love your blog too and am just beginning to navigate through all your stuff. I historically am bad at blogging, so I appreciate your extensive documentation. Thanks,
    Lisa

    • lisajohnson2007

      Thank you. I have been a Blue October fan for probably over a decade. I first saw them live at Gordo’s in San Marcos, Texas (also now dead) and have been hopelessly devoted ever since. The power of their music and lyrics is like none other. Please stay in touch. Always great to meet a fellow Blue October fan and teacher!

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