A Dozen Amazing Videos for Learning


The topic for this month’s #blogamonth challenge was to share 1-2 of your favorite videos for use in instruction, professional development, and/or throughout the school.  Unfortunately, I must have missed the “1-2” limit and thus, I offer 12 of my favorite videos for learning J.

As a lover of video, in particular video that provokes thought and/or emotion, the idea of incorporating powerful video into the student, teacher, and parent education at our school is an easy fit.

For the purpose of this blog, I have chosen to skip TED Talks.  This in no way should imply a lack of admiration and affection for the medium. In fact, one of my favorite annual school events is our “Faculty and Staff Afternoon at the Theatre” in which we set up a series of rooms with different TED Talks and discussion moderators.  (The TED Talks from our past few years appear on the sidebar of the home page of my blog under “Favorite TED Talks” (Link))

Below are a list of some great videos that I have used in faculty meetings and with parents.  There are also a few offerings from spoken word poets. I will highlight two videos in particular that I shared in powerful faculty meetings and parent workshops.

1. I Will Not Let An Exam Result Decide My Fate by Suli Breaks  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-eVF_G_p-Y

“I Will Not Let An Exam Result Decide My Fate” picks up on the education topic but takes a different stance and angle from “Why I Hate School But Love Education”. This poem talks about how we have been made to think about how education and getting university degrees can give us opportunities to have a better chance in making our dream careers a reality. It also touches on how as individuals we are judged and tested by how well we perform on exams, but not all people perform well in exams so why are they made out to feel like they’re dumb? The inconsistencies of the education system are really peeled open to reveal a deep problem that needs to be addressed and how society’s needs have changed to make this even more apparent. (Suli Breaks,Vanity Fair,2009)

2. Innovation of Loneliness http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6Bkr_udado

What is the connection between Social Networks and Being Lonely? Quoting the words of Sherry Turkle from her TED talk – Connected, But Alone. Also Based on Dr. Yair Amichai-Hamburgers hebrew article -The Invention of Loneliness. (Script, Design & Animation: Shimi Cohen)

Videos that I use as hooks for a specific topic

3. Impact of positive culture – Fun Theory http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2lXh2n0aPyw

4. Bravery and coaching – Girl’s first ski jump  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ebtGRvP3ILg

5. Digital portfolios and taking time to contribute daily – Dear Sophie http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4vkVHijdQk

6. Technology’s impact on education – How is Technology Transforming Education? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UYk91jzv1jg

7. Brilliant and beautiful philosophical pondering  – Existential Bummer  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yb-OYmHVchQ#t=160

8. Carpe Diem in candy – The Time You Have (In JellyBeans) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BOksW_NabEk

9. The role of a teacher – Miracle Worker http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o53i0kL6-Jw&app=desktop

Spoken Word:

10. Sarah Kay & Phil Kaye “An Origin Story” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esgfG3BoAPc

11. Bronx Youth Poetry SLAM 2013, Ethan Metzger http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=isLtc5lFgf8#t=182

12. Rives (love all of his work, brilliant and funny) http://www.ted.com/search?cat=ss_all&q=rives (link to a bunch of his talks)

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