February 02, 2010

Spotify for Desert Island Discs

A lovely, simple idea that combines music and language arts, while introducing new generations to the institution of British radio that started in 1942: Desert Island Discs.

Spotify, if you've not banned it in your schools, provides a legal means to look up almost any song you want and play it, immediately. In an age where young people can't do much without having older generations complain about it - not least listen to the music they want to - this would be an interesting way to get under their musical skin, and find out what eight discs (or rather, MP3s) they would take to a desert island with them. Get them to write down their motivations, but then, in a good old fashioned display of classroom presentation, students can interview each other without a script about their choices and listen to the music critically as a group.

Classroom activity or dinner party distraction? The choice is yours. As ever, let me know how it turns out.


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Thanks for sharing this fantastic idea Ewan - will definitely be trying it out (and will let you know how it goes)

I like R4's idea of Inheritance Tracks too. Speakers choose one track that's been passed on to them from a parent, describing its significance, and another that they would like to pass on to their offspring. Perspective. Links. Values....
Could easily do in school.
If only Spotify wasn't banned.

Thank you for sharing this,what a great idea

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