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The Ten Best Videos For Educators — 2010

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I thought I’d compile a collection of the best videos that I’ve posted about over the past year. Feel free to contribute your own suggestions if you think I’ve missed some, and I’m sure I have!

I wanted to limit this list to ten, so I haven’t included any from A Collection Of The Best “Laugh While You Cry” Videos. Those hilarious and tragic videos are a must-see!

Here are my picks for The Ten Best Videos For Educators — 2010 (not in order of preference):

Of course, the “graphic notetaking” video of Daniel Pink’s speech about his book, Drive, has got to be on this list:

A middle school in Florida has done a delightful version of Oprah Winfrey’s “Kick-Off” Flash Mob Dance that had 21,000 people dancing to the Black Eyed Peas song “Tonight’s Going to Be a Good Night.” The school, however, changed the lyrics to reflect “Gotta’ Keep Reading.”

Here’s the video of an excellent Edutopia Webinar on brain-based learning. It’s led by teacher/author/neurologist Judy Willis.

The Buck Institute For Education, which has created a number of Project-Based Learning resources that are on The Best Sites For Cooperative Learning Ideas list, have recently had Common Craft, the wildly popular animation company, to create a video on PBL.

Alfie Kohn has written several books, including “Punished By Rewards.”. Dwight Schrute is the well-known character in the television comedy, “The Office.” What might the connection be between the two of them? Watch this two minute video clip to find out:

I have written a lot in my blog and in my book on teaching English Language Learners on how I use inductive learning in the classroom. Teaching “inductively” generally means providing students with a number of examples from which they can create a pattern and form a concept or rule. Teaching “deductively” is first providing the rule or concept and then having students practice applying it. This two-and-one-half minute video below explains that this is how Google Translate learns, too. It’s definitely worth watching.

Bloom’s Taxonomy According to Pirates of the Caribbean is the title of a short, fun YouTube video. It’s a neat idea. In fact, for some classes it might be a good assignment — look at a movie or a book and find how characters are using the different levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy.

Here’s a longer clip using Star Wars to demonstrate the Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy:

The Wall Street Journal has an amusing, and fast-paced, video describing the the history of the book:

Changing Education Paradigms is a talk by Sir Ken Robinson:

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Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.

4 Comments

  1. Great start to the list! I know and rate the first video very highly but I didn’t know the second although I know and love the original song – I haven’t checked out the rest, but I was so moved by the “Gotta keep reading” video my eyes are still misting over as I listened to it a second time, I thought I just had to post.

    Thanks….
    And there are still 8 videos to see!

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  4. Thank you very much for the videos! Really a fine job in picking them up and presenting! They can be really helpful in the English language class.

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