2012 Student Projects

 

Ms. Ali: Sisterhood from West Side Community House

West Side Community House, Cleveland, Ohio

 

Ms. Ali: "Sisterhoood decided to participate in the Voice Your Choice project because it tied in nicely with the program’s third cycle – Arts & Creativity.  We decided to create a talk show and announce our predictions of which artists would most likely be inducted into the Rock Hall by the year 2037.   The girls posed as legendary rock historians and answered a few questions about their predictions.  The biggest challenge was creating criteria for induction and narrowing down our list of artists.  Sisterhood worked through these challenges by having deep, meaningful conversations and working as a team to come to a final agreement.   We learned how difficult it can be to articulate personal opinion and the importance of being able to do so.  We also gained a better appreciation for critics and key decision makers.  The project also opened up an opportunity for the girls to work on their public speaking skills.  Finally, the girls learned how to respect someone else’s opinion even if it differed from their own."

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Mr. Robinson: Orchestra/Rock Ensemble, 9th - 12th grades

State College Area High School, State College, PA

 

Mr. Robinson: "The students decided to participate in the project and to back Kansas for nomination.  We had several meetings to discuss our approach and rehearse the material.  Once completed, we assembled the project to portray us in rehearsal, giving more credence to the idea that we weren’t just talking about Kansas---we were living Kansas; brought about by the deep inspiration they give us musically. The whole concept was challenging, as we got caught up thinking our project should look like (or be similar too) the examples posted on the R&R HOF website.The logistics of a “music video”, with audio and video quality being of great import, also presented a technical challenge.  We did several takes of each audio and video sample in order to choose the best one.

The outcome was tremendous educationally speaking.  We learned a great deal about teamwork and what it takes to bring many diverse ideas together in a unified whole.  We explored the ideas and music of Kansas quite a bit as well, with the result that we like them even better now.  Lastly, we learned we have a lot to learn.  But to make that journey together is a beautiful thing."

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Mr. Howitt: Society and Culture, 12th grade

Narara Valley High School, Narara, New South Wales, Australia

Mr. Howitt: "The major challenge was establishing agreed criteria and applying them. The major outcomes were the whole class gaining a detailed understanding of the concept of different perceptions of rock’n’roll, which is a syllabus heading we will be covering later in the course, and a perfect introduction to the concept of rock’n’roll as a popular culture, which will be invaluable when we reach that part of the course. To the left is the prezi of student Annie C."

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Mr. Schofield: Music and Technology Class

Paradise High School, Paradise, California

Mr. Schofield: "My students created a video for their Voice Your Choice project. The main reason for participating in this project was the fact that the different aspects of the project fit into the curriculum of our small learning community.  The Fusion program is always looking for ways to integrate different core subjects and apply cross – curricular education.  The Voice Your Choice assignment was completed by a music technology class, but it also included, amongst other things, writing, public speaking, advanced computer applications and critical thinking skills.  I involved the students as much as possible in the creation of this project, and even had one of them write most of this essay. Some of the challenges of this project were defining techno, narrowing the field, and deciding whether or not we would accept DJs or just groups and artists. Defining techno was difficult for us because we all had different opinions on the music. Narrowing all of the choices was a challenge because we had such a vast field of things to choose from. The students worked through these issues by researching, discussing, debating and voting on any subject that required a major decision.  I even had students critique each other’s work so they would receive feedback from their peers as well as their teacher."

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Mrs. Hribar: Language Arts, 7th-8th grades

Our Lady of the Lake School, Euclid, OH

Mrs. Hribar: "My students were given a LOT of choice. They could pick a current Hall of Famer, an inductee for 2012, or a future inductee and then chose a creative, written, and speech component to argue why the selected subject deserved or did not deserve Rock Hall status. The students had diverse approaches. Some conducted talk shows, others formal speeches, some debates, some made scrapbooks, there were diaramas, persuasive essays, Power Points, and more. Most argued FOR someone while others argued against. We had a Justin Beiber face-off for the future class category!" Click here for a gallery of 3D creations.

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Ms. Cales: English, 9th - 12th grades

OHDELA (Ohio Distance & Electronic Learning Academy), Akron, OH

Click here to explore the prezis, interviews, glogsters and voicethreads that Ms. Cales' class created for their Voice Your Choice projects. The students elaborated on why artists such as Dave Matthews Band, Mariah Carey, Louis Armstrong and others should be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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Mr. Larratt: Language and Contemporary Song Lyrics, 10-12th grades

Vincent Massey Collegiate in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

 

Mr. Larratt: "My course is called Language and Contemporary Song Lyrics and it features a mix of students that are from Grades 10-12. This English Language Arts option course was a natural fit for the Voice your Choice project as it dealt with many of the same concerns that the course is focused upon already. My students first determined that they would select artists that would fulfill the current objectives set out by the RRHOF for induction but with a twist; the selections would occur 25 years in the future so that all artists could be considered for induction. Students presented their inductees in a variety of formats, ranging from traditional persuasive essays to Power Point presentations featuring a wide array of visual and multimedia supplements. The big challenges faced by students were in determining their artist of focus and if selecting a current artist, making sure that they had enough evidence to fully support their validity. Students worked through their challenges by reviewing the RRHOF parameters for induction and also reviewing artists that have already been enshrined; what did they have that suggested excellence and aesthetic value."

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Ms. Laine and Ms. Przeslica: English, 7th Grade

Desert Ridge Jr. High School in Mesa, Arizona

Ms. Laine and Ms. Przeslica asked their students to write a letter of support to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame arguing for a band or artist’s induction.  Students chose to argue for bands not yet inducted, to support bands that have been recently inducted, or to propose a band’s induction in the future (when that band is eligible).

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