Video of the Week: "Lucas the Spider: Scary Stories"

I’ve been fascinated by the intense popularity of Lucas the Spider for a good six months now. He consistently has trending videos on YouTube with over a million views. Check it out:

Here’s what I’m wondering:

  • What makes these Lucas the Spider videos consistently popular?

  • Would the video be just as cute if the animator used his own voice instead of his nephew’s?

  • Do videos like this have the power to help people conquer their fears of spiders?

  • Why is this video a good example of personification?

  • How does the point of view impact the story?

Video of the Week: "Why the US celebrates Columbus Day"

Do you have the day off today? Do you wish you had the day off? Perhaps this video will change your mind:

Here’s what I plan on having my students discuss:

  • Summarize how Christopher has become a celebrated figure in America.

  • Should we celebrate a different explorer who actually came to America? If so, whom?

  • How does children’s literature & media impact the views of a culture?

  • Should cities opt out of celebrating Columbus Day?

  • Should we celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day?

Video of the Week: "Alessia Cara - Scars To Your Beautiful"

Shout out to one of my students, Miriam, for sending me this week’s video. I recommend playing it with closed captioning.

Here are the questions we’ll be discussing:

  • Do you think it’s possible for the world to change its heart? What would be some action steps that would need to happen?

  • What’s the effect of adding these personal story to the music video? Do you mind the interruption?

  • How would you define “beautiful”?

  • “Authenticity is the daily practice of letting go of who we think we’re supposed to be and embracing who we are.” - Brene Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection, p. 50. How does this video fit with that message?

  • How might YOU be part of the world changing its heart?

Video of the Week: "How Instagram traps are changing art museums"

Many would argue that social media has changed our world. Would you agree? Take a look at how art museums are changing in this week’s video:

Here’s what we’ll be discussing this week:

  • Would you classify these “pop-up art experiences” museums? Why or why not?

  • Would you pay $40 to go to a place to get great Instagram photos?

  • Should museums add these new exhibits? Why or why not?

  • Do you think it’s good that museums have changed their photography policies? Why or why not?

  • Would you break rules that state no photography is allowed?

  • “Limit photography & potentially limit who shows up? Or allow it and possibly change the experience?”

  • Why might American Express choose to sponsor this video?

Video of the Week: "Google Chrome: Don't Be a Browser"

Google Chrome has pushed out a huge update, and with it, a marketing campaign. Take a look:

Here are the questions we’ll be discussing in my class this week:

  • How would you summarize Google’s message here?

  • How much time do you spend consuming on the internet vs. creating things on or offline?

  • What type of things do you like to search for? What’s something you know how to do now because the internet taught you?

  • Do you think this ad will drive people offline to try things?