It is has been a while since my family and I first watched the video below. With a 3 year-old and a 19 month old at home you can imagine how much of a hit seeing Cookie monster singing would be. I had constant requests by my oldest to watch the video each time he saw me go on the computer. At first I thought of it just as a fun parody by Sesame Street of Carly Rae Jepsen’s song “Call Me Maybe”. However after reading George Couros’ blog “Where Sharing Exists, Innovation Flourishes”. I began to see it as an example of innovation flourishing. It was a post I read with my 3 year-old.
My 3 year-old sat down with me a couple weeks ago and read this post with me because he was excited by the innovation in it (& Cookie Monster). We were able to talk about sharing and how the songs were changed, so people can have fun and learn about sharing. It really is as simple as George talks about.
“If there is no sharing there is no learning”
Another important note is we had fun sharing and learning together. Learning should be fun. If it isn’t fun then the willingness to learn is not there. I could share with my son about the how, why, and what Dad was learning. In turn we were able to share a conversation on his level that sparked his own questions about the videos. Amongst those included: “Whose that?”, “Why?”, and “Sharing is fun, right Daddy?” We watched different versions of the song, danced along with them, and laughed at how they are different yet are almost the same. It is one of the ways I Choose 2 Matter in the lives of my family and others. Thank you Angela Maiers (@AngelaMaiers)!
Carly Rae Jepsen’s song is a song that my son would have no interest in had the brilliant innovators with Sesame Street had not put their touches on the song. Now he recognizes it on the radio when it comes on in our vehicle. I mean if you watch the original music video you can tell it was meant for a teenage audience.
The message is as simple as share your time and your experiences and you will learn and so will everyone else you come into contact with! It is a beautiful message that is spreading. Before youtube how many people would see funny parodies like Cookie Monster’s “Share it Maybe” or this version “Farm it Maybe” starring a boy named Lil’ Fred?
This boy and his family are not music video producers but are innovators and creators. Imagine the learning that took place in the rewriting of the lyrics, video production, and planning. His and his family’s understanding of the digital world I’m sure increased exponentially through learning experiences he and his family create for themselves in their videos. At the time of this blog post this video has about 660,000 hits. WOW! It is definitely worth your time to watch and share it with your friends, family, and colleagues.
Youtube is wonderful this way. It gives people a platform to question, be innovators, and create learning opportunities for themselves. Lil’ Fred’s talents are not hidden on his farm anymore. He knows he has talents that interest the world and has inspired more parodies by him. Check out his youtube channel. This video will surely inspire other kids to take songs and important ideas and put their own spin on them, so the world can witness and learn from their genius too.
Youtube and other social media platforms invite creative thinking and innovative action that will benefit the world. I know some might think I am stretching this a little with examples of song parodies. However few will argue that our world needs to celebrate people who aspire to create questions, experiment, and innovate to solve some of these issues (famine, war, disease, etc…). Parodies are creative examples of questioning, experimenting, and implementing of someone else’s innovation. It is also fun. This is learning, and sharing this learning inspires more learning. It is also driven by the passions within individual learners. Today it is a parody but could tomorrow be a cure?
We like it when others share their with us. It is a lesson we learned from a young age. However, what learning are we sharing with others? How public are we making it? These are important questions and are ones we should all ask ourselves. The more public we make our own learning the more opportunity we have to inspire genius and innovation in others and help our world solve some of its great mysteries. We must educate ourselves on how to share responsibly and model our learning in the social media world. It is a world our students live in. We need to connect to it in order to open them up to the learning opportunities available to them.
Through Blogging, Youtube, Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook etc… We could be that spark to a person we have never met and that spark can light a flame in someone else! You have it in you to expand your sharing beyond the walls of your school. By doing so you will learn about things you never knew you had an interest in and you never knew was possible in your classroom, school, and personal life.
I thought I would leave you with you with one more cool example of a team of non-professionals working together to create their own learning experience. Enjoy this version of “Call Me Maybe” done by athletes on Harvard University’s baseball team. This one has over 15 million views in just 3 months. WOW!
Enjoy, smile, learn, and inspire! Today is a great Day for Learning! If you enjoyed this post please consider sharing. Thank you!