Video of the Week: "Bill Nye Explains Starbucks Nitro Cold Brew"

Advertising is a science. There’s always some deeper strategy going on below the surface. What do you think is going on below the surface of this new ad from Starbucks?

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Here’s what I’m wondering:

  • Did you feel like Bill Nye fully explained the science of nitro cold brew? Why or why not?

  • How does this ad use ethos, logos, and pathos to try to convince you to drink nitro cold brew?

  • What impact does having Bill Nye in this ad have that a different scientist might not have?

  • Two weeks after publishing, this view only has 53,745 views. Do you think Starbucks has received their monies worth on this video?

  • What would you want to explain in this Bill Nye style?

Video of the Week: "NF - When I Grow Up"

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Happy August! If you’re a teacher, I hope you’re feeling rested and inspired for the new school year ahead! Even though I won’t be in the classroom this year, I’m committed to continuing to offer Video of the Week. Using a video every week with my students last year was inspiring and thought-provoking for all of us, and I hope you find it the same for you.

In back to school Instagram photos, parents are always asking their kids what they want to be when they grow up. Let’s explore that same question by listening to this song from NF (I recommend putting closed captioning on):

Questions I’m thinking about:

  • How has your answer to the question “What do you want to be when you grow up?” changed (or not changed) over time?

  • How does starting this music video with real kids impact the message?

  • What are your “ridiculous dreams”? How do people communicate that your dreams are ridiculous? Who defines which dreams are ridiculous and which ones are realistic?

  • What’s on your list of “I just wanna…”?

Video of the Week: "Zentangle step by step | tutorial #1"

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A couple of weeks ago, we took a Zentangle class at our local art studio. Zentangle is a meditative form of doodling that encourages creators to be present and grateful. But it’s also just an easy way to be guided in doodling. This weekend we did it with my nieces, and I was impressed at how long their attention lasted.

Before you begin the tutorial below, do these steps:

  1. Create a 4x4 inch square paper.

  2. Draw a dot in each corner of the paper.

  3. Draw a line connecting the dots with a pencil to create a border.

  4. Start the tutorial below!