"My students want to create a video lib dub for a student who has been out sick most of the year. She is bummed and we want to make her happy, so we are singing Happy by Pharrell. My students asked if I could use my "Twitter fame" to get other classes to do this lip dub as well. This is short notice, but if you think you could do a vid with your class being goofy to this song by next week Wednesday, that would be awesome. Please message me if you are on board. Thanks!"
MANY educators and friends responded back and sent video clips for the Emma Happy lip dub video. Nick passed the clips onto his students and THEY made the final lip dub.
I asked my kids if they'd like to be a part of this HAPPYness lip dub for Emma. They said exactly what I thought they'd say.....a great big YES.
We learned the importance of looking into the camera and getting CLOSE to it. Faces rule! After viewing footage of their first round attempts (filmed in the auditorium) and not liking it, the kids decided to try something different. Outside we went. The boys organized on one bench and did a spontaneous jumping sequence. The girls watched and then had fun dancing and experimenting with camera angles inside. The kids gave Trial run #2 a thumbs-up!
My New Mark friends and family, see if you can spot our kids Making Emma Happy around the following times. :32 1:02 1:32
The Video: Making Emma Happy
This little exercise inspired me to ask myself again and again, "How can I harness the power of my PLN for social good?"
Here is Nick Provenzano's own blogpost about the lip dub: Making Emma Happy