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Using The Amazing New Bob Dylan Video With English Language Learners (& Make Your Own!)

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As you might have heard, Bob Dylan released an amazing interactive video of his song, Like A Rolling Stone, today.

You can see it here, and read about it here.

It has sixteen different tracks, like television channels (including a cooking channel as the above image shows), synchronized with different people in different locations mouthing words to the song. It’s got to be seen and heard to be believed.

I’m trying to figure out if and how it could be used with English Language Learners. I’ve never used the song before — the lyrics, I think, would generally be too confusing. However, the chorus is usable. I wonder if students could learn the chorus, sing it at appropriate times, and use the different tracks for Venn Diagrams and compare/contrast paragraphs?

Even more interesting, though, is that Interlude, the actual creator of the video, lets people use their site — for free — to create their own interactive videos. Here’s what I’ve previously posted about them:

Interlude lets you create sort of a “Create Your Own Adventure” video. It’s a little too complicated for me, but you can read more about it at TechCrunch.

Let me know your ideas about using the video in class — and if you’ve used the site to create your own…

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Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.

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  1. Larry,

    I think this a perfect video / tool for discussing digital literacy and how everything online ends up becoming a product and about momentary, fleeting violation. Hard issues but ones invaluable for students to begin to digest.

    Music is the worst. Great songs become commodities and then become marketing vehicles. I’m not sure the Dylan of Subterranean Blues would agree with his music used to drive traffic to a webpage – but as with all music, its owned by a few and rest just dance to the tune (another topic for a digital literacy based lesson).

    David

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