When we complete our teacher training, typically we know one educational resource quite well: our curriculum. That was my first glimpse into an open educational resource (well, one that you could easily find, not one that you could “edit”). I am in my ninth year of teaching and I confidently say I have never seen these open education resources (OERs) before our class last week. What I have seen lots of? Teachers Pay Teachers (TpT), Education.com, and many other membership based websites, many that require membership fees or paying for content, like on TpT.
These sites are what has been recommended for me. Ones that require you to provide credit card information and pay for a resource. Every teacher I know, especially those in elementary school settings, use TpT regularly for resources for their classrooms. I have no idea how much money has been spent paying for resources by colleagues. These colleagues are mainly new teachers, who are just starting out, perhaps already have some debt and many expenses getting their classrooms set up. How is this fair? I wonder how many of my colleagues have also never hear of OERs.
The site Alec showed us in class, Everything is a Remix, was really interesting to me, as an arts educator. I’d love to show some parts of the series to an older class to discuss. TikTok and memes are all remixes, without people even realizing it. CBC Music also does a fun feature everyday called “Distant Cousins” where they have listeners send in two songs that sound very similar, possibly on purpose due to sampling or completely by accident (and then get sued!).
Having students look at sampling would be a really fun unit – providing some well known songs using sampling, you could easily weave in some music history! One of my favourite samples was originally done by the sorceress herself, Stevie Nicks, in her song “Edge of Seventeen”, then sampled by Destiny’s Child and Miley Cyrus.
Ugh, I just love Stevie so much. My sister named her golden retriever Stevie Nicks because we are so obsessed. And Fleetwood Mac is in a total revival (thanks to remixing!) currently with TikTok’s viral video using their song “Dreams”.
Ok! Enough of me being a music history nerd. I’ll leave you with song tunes for your Wednesday. Enjoy!