Colbert Rap Battle

In a stack of papers called Connections.

  • Mar
  • 29
  • 2009

From satire to social commentary to lessons on Power Point, Comedy Central’s got it. But I can’t find the right hook to use this clip from The Colbert Report in the classroom. I want to get the video and edit it down to segments — just show the Power Point piece, just play Colbert’s rap couplet at the end, and the like. But before I do anything, I need to know why I’m showing it. Other than it’s brilliant comedy.

How do you bring things into the classroom that you just know you need to show your kids but can’t quite justify pedagogically? I have quite a few video and audio snippets in that category. Even if things get clumsy after the introduction, if I can’t manage a smooth segue into or out of something, I don’t use it. If I can’t think of an answer to the “So what?” looks I imagine on my students’ faces, it doesn’t make it.

I’d love to see students create Power Point presentations for things that don’t need to have Power Point presentations. Or deliver content to the wrong audience using the wrong delivery method for effect. But I’m not sure students would get the point and then apply this technique elsewhere.

Anyone have any ideas about how to grab that video? If it were on YouTube or a host of other places, it would be a simple task. My usual sites see this URL and don’t know what to make of it.

This reminds me: I need to play some Paul Hardcastle since we are reading The Things They Carried. Cue up the record player, playa!

1 comment

1. Ryan Skardal says:

[3/30/2009 - 5:02 am]

This blog captures how I feel about “Intergalactic” by the Beastie Boys. Except that I can think of a lot of ways to use it.