NASA has launched the Exoplanet Travel Bureau, a visualization tool that allows users to explore the surfaces of three exoplanets: Kepler-16b, Kepler-186f, and TRAPPIST-1e. The 360-degree visualizations, which can be seen on your computer, phone, tablet or using a virtual reality headset, are artists’ renderings—there are no photographic images of these planets, so the graphics are based on hypotheticals. You can change the scene by adding or subtracting hypothetical atmospheres, creating skies, clouds and weather.
I’ve previously posted some of the group OK Go’s music videos, and was pleased to read that they had teamed-up with Google to create the OK Go Sandbox, a collection of classroom activities connected to their music.
This is one of the more amazing videos of Rube Goldberg machines you’ll see.
Here are my choices for The Best Videos For Educators In 2018 – So Far (some may have been produced prior to this year, but are just new to me):
Here’s how the PBS NewsHour describes this video segment:
Fifty-five years ago, thousands of African-American children walked out of their schools and began a peaceful march in Birmingham, Alabama, to protest segregation. They were met with attack dogs and water hoses. For a new generation of students, traveling to Birmingham has made that moment in history come alive. Special correspondent Lisa Stark reports.
Character Lab (led by Angela Duckworth) released an extensive lesson plan and short video (with Wynton Marsalis!) on what they call “Expert Practice” (I’m perplexed about why they would change the term, especially since they say it was inspired by Anders Ericsson, who originated the phrase “deliberate practice”).
There are definitely some very useful materials in the lesson plan though, like in their previously-released materials, I’d bet most teachers will want to pick-and-choose which they use in their class.
Here’s how Playing For Change introduces this video:
We are proud to share this video, produced by Playing For Change in partnership with Turnaround Arts, to share the message that the arts have the power to improve our schools and build more compassionate, connected communities.
Turnaround Arts infuses struggling schools with the arts as a strategy to bolster reform efforts and is a national program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The program is in 73 schools in 37 districts across 17 states and the District of Columbia.
“Love Train” features Turnaround Arts students performing alongside their Turnaround Artists…
I was a speaker at the California Teacher Summit a couple of years ago, and just discovered it was put online:
Katie Hull and I did a 30 minute Facebook Live event for Education Week Teacher, and here it is:
I’ve always wanted to videotape sub instructions for my classes. However, anytime I’ve been sick enough to miss school, the last thing I wanted to do was talk to anybody – much less make a video.
This morning, though, I woke-up with a sore throat and since I’m also recovering from sciatica, and some things are happening tomorrow that I can’t miss under any circumstances, I decided to take the day to rest up.
And I felt well enough to make this video, which both my student teacher and the sub say students thought was funny, but they also “loved it.” It’s not great shakes of a video, but I think the novelty of it had an impact.
Have you used videos when you’re going to be gone? If so, how did it go?
That post shares three short panel discussions our students have done as part of our faculty trainings this year. They [and I] love the fact that in the evaluations participating teachers spend far more time talking about how much they got out of the student presentations than commenting on my part of the training 🙂
One of the students did some splicing and dicing of presentations at one of the trainings, and I thought readers would find it interesting….
Though I think the title of the segment is a bit strange (“The power of your suffering is in how you tell your story”), this segment from last night’s PBS NewsHour would be a good tool to promote student agency (you can get the written transcript here).
I’ve previously posted some of the group OK Go’s music videos, and was pleased to read today that they had teamed-up with Google to create the OK Go Sandbox, a collection of classroom activities connected to their music.
The lessons go along with these three videos (in the unlikely event you haven’t seen them already):
The NY Times published a series of short videos having Olympic athletes share what they visualize before their competition begins, including animations of what they see. They are perfect to show students since some might think the exercise is a waste of time.
They released a new one this year. Here’s how they describe it:
Ronald Clark’s father was custodian of a branch of the New York Public Library at a time when caretakers, along with their families, lived in the buildings. With his daughter, Jamilah, Ronald remembers literally growing up in a library, creeping down to the stacks in the middle of the night when curiosity gripped him. A story for anyone who’s ever dreamt of having unrestricted access to books.
“I think the big thing is don’t be afraid to fail,” Foles said. “In our society today, with Instagram and Twitter, it’s a highlight. It’s all the good things. When you look at it, you have a bad day, you think your life isn’t as good, you’re failing. Failure is a part of life. It’s a part of building character and growing. Without failure, who would you be? I wouldn’t be up here if I hadn’t fallen thousands of times, made mistakes. We all are human. We all have weaknesses. Just being able to share that and be transparent.
“I know when people speak and share they’re weaknesses, I listen. Because I can (relate). I’m not perfect. I’m not Superman. We might be in the NFL and we might have just won the Super Bowl, but we all have daily struggles…. I think when you look at a struggle in your life, just know that it’s an opportunity for your character to grow.”
Here’s the writing prompt I’m used with it:
What does Nick Foles say about failure? What does he say about comparing yourself to others? To what extent do you agree with what he or she is saying? To support your opinion, be sure to include specific examples drawn from your own experience, your observations of others, or any of your readings.
Awkward dinner conversation as portrayed by SNL this past weekend — ‘May be an interesting clip to show when helping educators learn to talk about controversial subjects among colleagues: Dinner Discussion – SNL https://t.co/uxzDNJKSms via @YouTube
Literature can be daunting for some young people, so how can we create a culture of avid readers? Poetry can be a non-threatening alternative introduction for fledgling bibliophiles, giving them more “white space” on a page without losing narrative elements. Author Jason Reynolds shares his humble opinion on how poetry can entice young readers.
The Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center published this amazing short film.
Here is how they describe it:
“America is in the Heart” is a novel written by Carlos Bulosan in the 1940’s to capture his Filipino American experience, but its words still resonate with the greater immigrant experience today.
This film, created by Frank Chi and presented by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, features a passage read by comedian Hasan Minhaj, community organizer Ivy Quicho, and writer Junot Díaz – and features footage from throughout the United States of some of the 45 million immigrants who have become Americans since the publishing of the book in 1946.
I’ll be showing parts of it to my TOK class when we learn about ethics after the first of the year.
Project Implicit, a series of quizzes, is from Harvard, and may the most well-known online resource for discovering hidden bias. I have my IB Theory of Knowledge students use the site when we are studying Perception.
YourMorals.org seems to be a similar site (it appears to be from MIT), though focused entirely on moral issues. You can see a sample of their “tests” in the screenshot at the top of this post. I think they would be useful in TOK when we are studying ethics, and would go along with other “tests” I have students take (see What Are Your Moral Principles?).
[it] gauges your moral compass with a survey and then tries to “debate” with you about gender bias using counterpoints from the opposite side of the spectrum. The goal isn’t to be right. Instead, it’s to try to understand the other side. At the end, you see how you compare to others.
It’s chock full of links to research about the importance of developing critical thinking skills, and highlights the concepts that we happen to teach in TOK.
I’m going to have my students read it and respond to this prompt:
What does the author say about the importance of critical thinking? Do you agree with her? To support your opinion you may use examples from your own experiences, your observations of others, and anything you have read. Please try especially to include anything you have learned in our Theory of Knowledge class so far this year.
In TOK, we talk about how winners end up writing histories.
The New York Times has just published an interesting “take” on the issue that has this headline: When History’s Losers Write the Story. I hadn’t thought about the issue in the way as the author has framed it:
These next three tweets will be great when study History in Theory of Knowledge! The first one is an excellent image, the second shares the link to it so you can download and print, and the third is a similar version from another teacher:
Tentatively pinned up… What do the best historians do? Feedback and ideas welcome! All on one PPT if you want an e-copy to pick apart pic.twitter.com/JPvUqzbAHb
My wife and I took our granddaughter to visit the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento.
While there, I spotted a neat way to interact with art. Now, I’m not an art museum aficionado, but I’ve been to quite a few over the years, and I had never seen this particular strategy.
Next to a painting was a counter fill with small pieces of paper (a different question was on each paper) and pencils. Viewers could respond to one of the questions (one of the sheets invited viewers to create and answer their own) and place their completed sheet on a board with others.
I thought it would be a neat strategy to use with student art shows at schools (recognizing there might be a few less-than-helpful responses in the bunch). I’m thinking of using it with the art project I do with my IB Theory of Knowledge students and have them create questions about their piece of art (see Play-Doh & IB Theory Of Knowledge: Student Hand-Out & Videos).
Is this a common strategy in museums and I’m just living under a rock?
Here’s what it looked like – the painting, the counter, and the completed sheets:
We Transfer is a super-easy tool for sending large files to someone. My Theory of Knowledge students love it – when they have to create videos for an assignment, they can use the website or smartphone apps to easily send them to me. They find it easier to use than uploading a video to Google Drive.