Two history teachers from Hawaii may have actually found a way to make dry names and dates interesting for students. Amy Burvall and Herb Mahelona work at St. Andrew’s Priory School in Hawaii and are real full time history teachers, but they’ve come up with a way of teaching history through music videos.
Mrs. Burvall and Mr. Mahelona decided to create history based music parodies to combine their passions of teaching and music. Their clever and educational lyrics along with their fantastically fun music videos have launched them into the international limelight, and not just in educational circles. Through their YouTube channel, the two history teachers have reached over 6 million viewers, and were even invited to speak at TED Talks in 2011.
The history videos parody music videos from many different genres and eras, including some of the teacher’s favorites like Abba and Blondie, and more recent artists like Lady Gaga. The video above, a parody of Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance, teaches us the basics of the French revolutions. From the signing of the Bread Riots to the signing of the August Degrees, these history teachers utilize the catchy melodies of pop songs to get historical facts stuck in your head. The crazy costume changes and geektastic dancing that Amy Burvall delights in make the videos all the more fun and entertaining. It’s almost enough to make you want to go to history class.