We learn about the scientific method in IB Theory of Knowledge classes, and especially talk about its application in all areas of life – not just science. I’ve previously posted about this topic, and thought readers might find it useful to see some of the videos I use, depending on the time available. Feel free to suggest more!
3 ways to spot a bad statistic is the title of data journalist Mona Chalabi’s new TED Talk (you can see the TED Talk video and transcript here).
I think it would be fine to skip the first few minutes of it, but after the first five minutes she does a great job teaching about how statistics can mislead. Even better, she includes examples related to pee and poop, so you know students are going to be engaged 🙂
It would be great to show IB Theory of Knowledge classes when studying math and/or human sciences.
Here’s the YouTube version of the talk:
Richard Byrne, who I assume everybody who is reading this blog knows and reads, shared this video last month. He wrote about using it when teaching about social media browsing.
I plan on adding it to a series of videos I use in IB Theory of Knowledge classes when learning about perception.
I might be the last person in the world to learn about the “Google Explore” feature that was integrated into Google Docs last fall. You can read all about it here. There’s a little button on the bottom right of a Google Doc. Click on it and, as you write, related search items appear in a column. My Theory of Knowledge students found it useful while working on their Oral Presentation outlines and essays.
When we study Perception in my IB Theory of Knowledge classes, I ask students how they would describe the color red to someone who has never had vision. This new video just was published:
Here’s a new and short video on Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.
I’m not sure if it’s necessary to use a video to teach the Hierarchy, but it could be a nice change-of-pace. Most Theory of Knowledge include it in the course, particularly when covering Human Sciences.
Here are my choices for The Best Science Sites Of 2017 – So Far (not in any order of preference):
NPR has just announced their first show geared towards kids – a science podcast called “Wow In The World.” Here’s how they describe it:
NPR is thrilled to announce the launch of Wow in the World, a new podcast for kids ages 5-12 that illuminates the wonders of science, technology, discovery and inventions….Starting May 15, NPR’s Guy Raz and SiriusXM’s Mindy Thomas will take kids and their grown-ups on a journey into the most incredible science and kid-friendly news stories of the week.
One would think it could also have potential for use in the classroom.
Legends of Learning is a new site that provides custom-built games organized by learning objectives. Teachers can create “playlists” they want their students to access and then monitor their progress. They only have science-related games right now, but plan on adding more related to other subjects soon. You can read more about it at USA Today’s article, ‘Spotify for learning games’ coming to classrooms, and I’ve embedded a video about the site at the bottom of this post. I’m adding it to The Best Sites Where Students Can Work Independently & Let Teachers Check On Progress. It appears the site is free for a month or so after registration (longer if you have fewer students) and then you have to review games, perform other services for the site, or pay per student.
We’re doing our IB Theory of Knowledge Oral Presentations, and this is a video of Michelle’s presentation. She’s given me permission to share it here. I’m giving her a 7 on the (in my opinion) somewhat weird IB Presentation Rubric.
What do you think? (by the way, you can find all our class materials on the Oral Presentation, including many other videos, here).
In my book I give credit to the late Grant Wiggins for an example of how to promote transfer through generalizing. He used the example of students learning about the qualities of a successful social movement from analyzing the women’s movement. I also use that example in the video but, because of a miscommunication, credit to him , unfortunately, doesn’t appear. You can see links to several articles by him on the topic at my “Best” list.
Gail Desler – with the support of educators and students – has organized the fabulous Time Of Remembrance website documenting Japanese-American internment in World War Two, along with the Vietnam War.
Because of my work with Hmong refugees, I was honored to received an invitation to be interviewed as part of the project.
The full video is thirty-six minutes along. ELL teachers might find it useful, since I discuss a wide-ranging list of issues, including the importance of looking at our students through the eyes of assets and not deficits, inductive learning, concept attainment, parent engagement, professional development and many other items of possible interest.
In the PBS segment, he also discusses the demotivating aspects of seeing your work destroyed in front of you, which is why I am always very careful to wait to throw away student posters and other work until they are long gone for the day..
The New York Times has published a series of short and very accessible videos helping people understand implicit bias.