When I was a freshman in university, Youtube was a fairly new thing. “Daft Hands” and “The Evolution of Dance” (I met that guy!!) had me mesmerized, and “Charlie The Unicorn” and “Charlie Bit Me” nearly make me lose my shit. They still get me from time to time, you gotta love the throwbacks to 2006.
Now we have things like Bieber and that nonsense Rebecca Black does. (Does she have eardrums? And Glee producers, I’m glaring at you over my Korean hipster frames, since I don’t wear glasses. Unacceptable.) I do love Jenna Marbles and My Drunk Kitchen, so Youtube has its redeeming accounts.
So last year, before I came to Korealand, wonderous world of no-Hulu or America only videos, I saw this little diddy of educational perfections:
I knew I had to do it. They all had such straight faces, but I had to make it fun. Somehow.
Sing along and dance like an idiot.
My 7th graders were amazing and we put it together (if you take away the drawing signs time) just over an hour. We made the video, and I posted it that night on Youtube. Here it is:
That hooting sound at the beginning is me. I almost dropped the camera while adjusting it on the tripod. Oops.
My kids I had so much fun, rocking out and getting into it.
First, facebook liked it. I figured we’d sit pretty at a few hundred views, 303 to be exact.
Turns out, 303 is the number Youtube gets stuck at when a video is going viral.
My friend from Pacific, Vincent, commented on a post that it was moving up on Reddit. I was on my phone and out for the day, so I had no idea the interwebs were blowing up with my lovely students. Reddit has some serious trolls, so I had to do some damage control there. One Redditor so kindly made a meme out of one of my students.
After Reddit, it went bananas.
There were many more, like thedailywhat, buzzfeed, theawesomer, storyful, knowyourmeme, several university websites (like Syracuse, but not Pacific??) and many local news outlets. Sadly, none from Oregon. Cue the sad face. 😦
I did happen to love the commentary from Tuscon Weekly.
And one that I discovered only recently… Perez Hilton posted our video!!
421,666 views right now. Maybe half of them were from me.
I’m SUPER proud of my kids. Here’s to another year of trying to make the textbook irrelevant!