“The most powerful motivation speeches that I have ever heard came from people who told me I couldn’t do something…” Forget fear. Forget failure. This powerful motivational video from Absolute Motivation combines On the Shortness of Life quotes by Seneca, James Alan’s As A Man Thinketh, narration by Les Brown and Tony Robbins and music by Luke Howard and Overwerk, to capture the essence of growth mindset. A must-see for educators recharging and rejuvenating this summer!
Reposted from Philip Guo:
Videos are a widely-used kind of resource for online learning. This paper presents an empirical study of how video production decisions affect student engagement in online educational videos. To our knowledge, ours is the largest-scale study of video engagement to date, using data from 6.9 million video watching sessions across four courses on the edX MOOC platform. We measure engagement by how long students are watching each video, and whether they attempt to answer post-video assessment problems.
Our main findings are that shorter videos are much more engaging, that informal talking-head videos are more engaging, that Khan-style tablet drawings are more engaging, that even high-quality pre-recorded classroom lectures might not make for engaging online videos, and that students engage differently with lecture and tutorial videos.
Based upon these quantitative findings and qualitative insights from interviews with edX staff, we developed a set of recommendations to help instructors and video producers take better advantage of the online video format.
Part of a TED-Ed series designed to catalyze curiosity, Chris Anderson’s video shares his boyhood obsession with quirky questions that seem to have no answers. Imagine a multiverse in which we are one-trillion-trillion-trillion-trillion-trillion-trillion-trillion-trillion-trillion-trillion-trillion-trillion-trillion-trillion-trillionth of all the universes therein. “Holy Stephen Hawking!” A great conversation-starter for divergent thinking as we come down the homestretch of this school year!
Consider this animated example of fixed versus growth mindset in a math classroom, created by GoStrengths. How can you nurture student willingness to take chances and learn from the outcomes in your classroom?
Within YouTube there is a free tool for creating audio slideshows. You supply the images and YouTube supplies the audio track. You can pick from thousands of audio tracks to match to your slides. After adding your slides and selecting an audio track you can add speech bubbles to your slides. I demonstrate all of these steps in this video.
Art teacher Tricia Fuglestad shares 122 STEAM ideas ready for your classroom, accompanied by this energized video celebrating student work from her implementation of these lessons in her classroom. These lessons utilize practical technology applications to take studies to new levels of interaction with content and images. You owe it to yourself to immerse yourself in the possibilities for your students!
Talk about modeling process, this 19 second video leads you to a 30 second video which leads you to two videos to select from, and so on. Using post-it notes and a pen, this series of short clips walks the viewer through a practical, easy tutorial on how to create a clickable choose your own adventure video story.
What’s the difference between personalization of our Internet experience and manipulation of our access to different kinds of information? In this revealing TED Talk, Eli Pariser discusses how search engines and social networks tailor our access to web resources using relevance algorithms based on our unique, individual web histories. “What we’re seeing is more of a passing of the torch, from human gatekeepers to algorithmic ones…and the thing is that the algorithms don’t yet have the kind of embedded ethics that the editors did.” What we need, Pariser argues, is to make sure these algorithms don’t just filter for relevance…because we need to be made uncomfortable and be exposed to other points of view besides our own.
Chris Tienken makes the case that standardized testing is being given too much emphasis in public education. “Using the results from commercially prepared standardized tests to make important decisions about educators and children is education malpractice,” he contends. “For example, elementary school students will spend more time taking state standardized tests this year than a law school students spends taking the bar exam…and more time than the exams required to become a police office, teacher, and school superintendent.” Through these persuasive comparisons and thoughtful commentary, this video brings the issue of standardized testing of students to the forefront in the dialog among public education stakeholders.
Deer Park Elementary in Pasco County, Florida has established a makerspace through internal funding and donations from local businesses. Teacher Bettie Donovan leads students in exploring coding, designing, 3-D printing and the building and testing of electrical circuits. This short video celebrates the excitement and engagement of Deer Park students working across the STEM subjects in their makerspace.