“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!
In the new book The Triple Focus: A New Approach to Education, Daniel Goleman and Peter Senge provide educators with a solid rationale for incorporating focus-related skill sets in the classroom to help students navigate a fast-paced world of increasing distraction, and better understand the interconnections between people, ideas, and the planet. In this clip, Senge illustrates children’s innate systems thinking skills.
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?
“Everyone has a choice. Even if you’re trained to hate, you can choose tolerance. You can choose empathy.” An astonishing true story of an American boy trained to hate, who chose a different path. “I’m convinced that empathy is more powerful than hate and that our lives should be dedicated to making it go viral.” – Zak Ebrahim
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!
Nedlam’s Workshop IS a recently restylized, formerly underutilized woodshop in the basement of Malden High School. Nedlam — Malden spelled backwards — is also the name of the school’s lion mascot. Over the course of this school year the space has turned from a near-abandoned woodworking shop into a humming hub for inquiry-based arts and engineering projects at the high school. The space now boasts brightly painted walls, woodworking tools and equipment, numerous Lego EV3 robotics sets, a 3D printer, electronics and circuitry stations, soldering materials, and a guitar-making area. The space is open for students to use after school and, this term, it’s home to a brand new school-day elective.
Shekou International School (SIS) is in its second year of reimagining learning through the integral use of technology. This snapshot highlights broad examples of communication, collaboration, complex thinking, independent learning and global citizenship. Discrete practice includes ePortfolios, visible thinking, feedback loops, makerEd, global partnerships and more. Find us at http://www.sis-shekou.org/innovation and #SISrocks.
Watch Jay Thomas and his students from Albemarle High School in Charlottesville, Virginia celebrate their school pride in this incredibly danceable, singable video celebrating the world of the Albemarle Patriots because “A town won’t give up!” Using the song “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars, this upbeat display of school spirit will bring you joy and make you smile as you head into your weekend!