Monday Success: Zeitgeist 2013-Year in Review Video

Feb 3, 2014 by


Every year Google compiles video clips from the most searched for terms of the year.  This minute and half video is a powerful look at what the world wanted to know in 2013.  The annual search round up provides a great opportunity for a compare and contrast lesson that can be used in language arts, social sciences, math and more.

Hook: Tweet out the link to the current Google Zeitgeist video and ask students to think about what they “Googled” in 2013.

Content: In class, show the 2012 Google Zeitgeist video, the 2011 Google Zeitgeist video, and maybe even the 2010 Google Zeitgeist video. Facilitate an open discussion comparing and contrasting two of the videos with students.  This is a great way for students to identify and discuss trends that were significant in their lives.

Activity: After the class discussion, have students choose two of the videos that they viewed and identify significant similarities and differences to complete a compare and contrast graphic organizer  (example from ReadWriteThink) or a Venn diagram using a tool like Google Drawing.  Another great option would be for students to create a stop-motion video showing their comparisons and contrasts.

Assessment: Students can create their own compare/contrast video or collage using their mobile device to take pictures or video of things in their daily lives that are similar and different. Tools like iMovie, Flipagram, Animoto, and Turbocollage are great for this kind of assignment. Point students in the right direction and let them be creative.

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