Monday, December 12, 2011

Which We Didn’t Start The Fire video project is better? Vote now!!

If you grew up in the 80’s, I’m sure you’ve heard Billy Joel’s iconic tune, We Didn’t Start The Fire, where the singer rapidly alluded to major events from the year of his birth to when the song was released in 1989. 

I decided to use this song for my Humanities 4 class; where the students grouped together to make their own version of We Didn’t Start The Fire, but this time chronicling what is going on in their current world.  There’s a nearly equal number of girls and boys in the class, and so they decided in teaming up with the same gender, resulting in two videos.  They’re not professional singers like Billy Joel, but they did the best they could.

As a blogging noob, one of the things I want to learn how to do is to create an online poll or survey.  Well, what better way to take that first step than to make a competition between these two student projects?

So, friends, vote in the poll below by answering this question:  Which We Didn’t Start The Fire video project is better?  Vote Now!!!!  Think about both the content (events covered) and the entertainment value when you decide. 

Oh, in case you’re wondering why my senior students look so young, The Philippines has two less years of schooling compared to the US and other parts of the world.  Therefore, the high school seniors here would be the same age as sophomores in America.

Here are the two videos, ladies first:

Now here’s the guys’ entry:

Cast your vote.  Please note that the results of the voting will not affect their grades whatsoever.  In fact, their grades for this project have already been decided, based mainly on their peer group evaluation of each other’s efforts (freeloaders will not be rewarded).

The students begged me to reward the winner of this online gig, and so I will.  Usually, if I give ice cream or other treats, they’re good.  Again, their grades will not be affected…but your vote is still important nonetheless.

Billy Joel’s hit, I hope, is represented well by their efforts.  So, which We Didn’t Start The Fire video project is better?  Cast your vote!  The kids want their ice cream.

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  1. Both were very entertaining, but I gotta support girl power. 🙂 So, you know who I voted for. This gave me a good smile which will probably last for the whole day (I hope).

  2. staying humble pays off…. big time.
    looks like the ice cream's ours boys…

  3. Jerome, is that you?

    Looks like it's game over. So, what flavor do you guys want?


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