In today’s blog I am supposed to answer “How can you incorporate aspects of remix culture into your lessons?”
Remix culture in my guidance classes? I am stumped. The concept of “remix” hasn’t been a part of my life one bit. Needless to say, the readings for this week were very challenging. Remix, Mash-Up, and Transmedia are totally out of my league and reality. The closest I have come to these concepts are mash-ups in “Glee.” (Yes, I have watched every episode.)
Kirby Ferguson’s videos on Everything is a Remix were helpful. I appreciate the clean and structured look to his videos. I now get that “everything is a remix.” I just didn’t realize it before.
So, where do I go from here in my guidance classes?
I suppose this could be similar and related to teaching the concept of copyright to elementary school students. I wrote about this in December, 2011. I may not be an expert of remix culture, but I need to introduce the concepts on remix and mash-up to elementary school students to encourage their creativity. I want to expose them to all kinds of possibilities.
I came across this blog The Daring Librarian when searching “teaching remix culture to kids” on Google. This shows the progressions of different remix/ mash-up. Please note that I will not show the original music video (not appropriate for elementary age students.) But I will introduce them to Mike Tompkins. What a talented guy!
*Teenage Dream & Just the Way You Are-Acapella cover by Mike Tompkins found on YouTube