La educación es un desafío diario y hay que aprovecharse de todas las ventajas que la sociedad como la tecnología, los medios o las redes pueden ofrecernos. Sin duda este "desafío maniquí" es un fenómeno viral que puede convertir una clase en un momento divertido y lograr elevar la motivación del alumnado, como sucedió el pasado viernes 18 en nuestras clases de inglés de primero de ESO.
Using internet trends to develop educational activities is not new but what it is really new is this crazy fashion known as "the mannequin challenge". This hilarious phenomenon could be described as videos where everyone keeps frozen while performing any routine, a worldwide fashion which has hooked sportsmen, musicians and even politicians.
Fridays are great, but that is after the bell rings, Friday lessons are really hard and we teachers have to look for alternative activities in order to make our students work in the most appealing ways. By means of recording one of this funny videos, we gave our boys and girls orders to describe the action they should be miming during the performance-"...Ana, you are hiding under the desk while you two, Hugo and Álvaro, are sword-fighting with your pencilcases", turning this viral phenomenon into an English listening comprehension exercise.
You can watch the videos to assess the result even though by these frozen scenes you won´t get the actual fun of them.