Friday, October 8, 2010

Schools : Celebrate John Lennon !

John Lennon in New York
credits: not identified

Imagine! Today Google surprised me once again. John Lennon, the Beatle singer is celebrated, today and tomorrow 9 October with a special interactive Google doodle to commemorate, in a poetic way, what would have been his Lennon's 70th birthday.

When we go to the search engine's home page we are greeted to an illustration which has been designed in celebration a day before what would have been the singer-songwriter's milestone. 

John Lennon 70th birthday anniversary Google Doodle 
doodler: Mike Dutton

Clicking on the logo it links to a 32 second track, which plays his popular song Imagine.

As it plays the logo generates different pictures including that of a butterfly and flower before turning back to a black and white version of the Google name. Users can then click through to the YouTube version of it.

Lennon was shot died outside his appartment in New York. He was a pacifist and his theme Imagine gained even more impact after his death.

John Lennon | Imagine

His window Yoko Ono is encouraging people around the world to send videos tribute  to Youtube to celebrate this very special day.


  • Let's introduce John Lennon's message in Civics curriculum! Imagine is beautiful to talk about some important values: peace, equality, justice, friendship, solidarity.

"You may say I'm a dreamer

But I'm not the only one "

... are some of the lyrics from "Imagine" which became a hymn for peace in the world!

  • In English curriculum (foreign language) ask your students to work on the lyrics: pronunciation, vocabulary, values.
  • Invite your students to produce a short video in a cross-curricula project - Languages, Arts, Music, and send it to Yoko Ono or just display in the school website to introduce the theme 'Peace' in an open discussion.

Imagine! It would be impossible to me not to spread his words about peace! Yes, I'm a dreamer too!

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