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July 27, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Amazing Video: 1980 Bush & Reagan Comments On If Undocumented Children Should Be Able To Attend Schools

This is amazing.

What has happened to the Republicans?

I’m adding this to The Best Resources About The New Push For Immigration Reform.

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July 26, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Even More MacGyver Clips Showing “Transfer Of Learning”

I just discovered a MacGyver wiki that has a List of problems solved by MacGyver. It lists all the episodes, along with the problems he solved in each one and how he solved them. In addition, today I discovered that CBS has put all the MacGyver episodes on YouTube.

Based on quick review, here are a few more clips I’m adding to The Best Movie Scenes, Stories, & Quotations About “Transfer Of Learning.” I’m sure there are more if you want to take the time to look through the wiki. On some of them, I have included quotes from the wiki. I was originally going to use TubeChop to just share the clips themselves, but it didn’t seem to be working well today. So, I’ve embedded some of the entire episodes with instructions of when to start them:

On this one, the Pilot Episode, “”MacGyver plugs a sulfuric acid leak with chocolate. He states that chocolate contains sucrose and glucose. The acid reacts with the sugars to form elemental carbon and a thick gummy residue (proved to be correct on Mythbusters).” Start at 35:40 and end at 38:20

On this next one, Fire and Ice, “MacGyver opens a vault and steals back some diamonds first dusting the buttons for fingerprints with graphite from a pencil. The vault has a three-digit combination with unique digits and six buttons. The dusting narrows down the 120 combinations to 6 and the vault is easily opened. He then neatly gets the diamonds in a small bag using a paper as a funnel. (31.30) “Math and science do prove useful.” Start at 32:30 and end at 34:15.

Here, “MacGyver created a diversion and a surprise attack using an inner tube, pressured air, chloride, a catalyst, two glass jars and a gas mask. The inflatable boat was put in a truck and filled with air until the glass broke creating a loud noise. Meanwhile MacGyver filled the two gas bombs filling one glass jar with chloride and the other with a catalyst. Then he threw them at the bad guys resulting in a reaction producing toxic chlorine gas when the two liquids mixed. (36.00) When I was a kid my grandpa gave me two things I’ll never forget; a subscription of popular mechanics and a chemistry set. And this place was one BIG chemistry set! – MacGyver” Start at 36:00 and ends at 44:00

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July 25, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Videos: “Forward Thinking Transfer Of Learning” With James Bond

I promise – this will be my last Transfer of Learning post for the day!

Two kinds of transfers of learning are called “backward-reaching” and “forward-thinking.” In “backward-reaching,” you’re applying what you have previously learned to a new situation — that’s what was demonstrated in the Karate Kid and MacGyver videos I posted earlier today.

In a TEDx talk by Marc Chun about transfer, he talked about James Bond being a good example of “forward-thinking transfer.” In other words, when the scientist Q would give him his deadline gadgets prior to a mission, he would need to think about what situations he might use them in.

Here are some clips of Bond getting those gadgets from Q. The first one is probably the best one. The last two are compilations that include getting the gadgets prior to a mission and using gadgets. Unfortunately, they’re out of order so you might see a clip of him getting one followed by a clip of his using another. Too bad they’re not coordinated.

I’m adding these clips to The Best Movie Scenes, Stories, & Quotations About “Transfer Of Learning” – Help Me Find More!

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July 24, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Videos: MacGyver & Transfer Of Learning

Here are some great MacGyver videos where he demonstrates transfer of learning — he has to remember what he learned in the past and apply that knowledge to entirely new situations in order to save his life. I’m adding these videos to The Best Movie Scenes, Stories, & Quotations About “Transfer Of Learning”:

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July 24, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Videos: The Karate Kid & Transfer Of Learning

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As regular readers know, I’ve been trying to find movie scenes demonstrating transfer of learning (see The Best Movie Scenes, Stories, & Quotations About “Transfer Of Learning” – Help Me Find More!).

I happened upon a comment in a paper about transfer saying the Karate Kid was a good example, and they sure were right.

Pat Morita having the kid do a variety of tasks like waxing a car and painting a fence helps him develop skills that he is then able to apply in a totally different situation. If you don’t remember the movie, here is the progression of scenes:

I’m still looking for more suggestions of movie scenes demonstrating transfer, so feel free to make them in the comments.

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July 24, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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NBC’s “30 Seconds To Know” Seems Like A Good “Explainer” Series

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NBC News produces an ongoing series of 30 Seconds To Know videos about current events and issues.

They’re videos that last…thirty seconds, with an expert who explains a topic. However, it’s not just a talking head — it includes action shots and graphics, and the narrator doesn’t speak too fast.

I’m going to add it to The Best Online “Explainer” Tools For Current Events.

Here’s an example of one:

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July 18, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Nice BBC Video: “Why Reading Matters”

Why Reading Matters is an hour-long BBC program did a couple of years ago on how reading — and writing — impact the brain.

I wouldn’t show the entire show to students, but there are several very good segments.

The entire show is available on Vimeo, which I’ve embedded below, and it’s also available on YouTube, though it’s in six separate ten minute segments. I’ve also embedded the first segment below.

I’m adding the videos to The Best Resources For Showing Students That They Make Their Brain Stronger By Learning.

[BBC documentary] Why Reading Matters from International Dimensions of Tech on Vimeo.

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July 17, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Videos: More Fun & Corny Grammar Videos

Chana at GCFLearnFree shared their fun and corny videos that are probably more categorized as easily confused words than grammar-related, but I’m still adding the series to The Best Funny Videos To Help Teach Grammar – Help Me Find More.

You can see them all here.

Here’s one of them, and I have the video set as a playlist so you can automatically see them all, too…

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July 15, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Funny Videos To Help Teach Grammar – Help Me Find More

Earlier today, I posted Weird Al Weird Al Yankovic’s new funny video teaching grammar (I’ve also posted it below). Then, Heather Wolpert-Gawron showed me another funny one, that’s also posted below. I figured there have got to be more out there, so I invite readers to contribute the ones you know about — I’ll post them here and, of course, give you full credit. These can certainly be useful in the classroom!

Chana at GCFLearnFree shared their fun and corny videos that are probably more categorized as easily confused words than grammar-related, but I’m still adding the series to this list.

You can see them all here.

Here’s one of them, and I have the video set as a playlist so you can automatically see them all, too…

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July 15, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Video: Shelly Terrell & I Talk About My Books

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Shelly Terrell and I spent about fifteen minutes talking about some of my books (you can see free resources related to all of them here) last week, and you can see the interview below:

Our conversation was part of a day-long series of interviews Shelly did with education authors (I don’t know how she was able to sustain her energy!). The above video is set to start at the beginning of our conversation, but you can see the entire list of authors and all their interviews here. Shelly has it set so all you’ve got to do is click on the author’s name and the video will show that portion.

Thanks, Shelly!

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July 14, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Great Video & Tweets: Donna Brazile At The AFT Convention

Donna Brazile announced the formation of Democrats For Public Education at the American Federation of Teachers Convention in Los Angeles. It’s designed to support effective and teacher-supported education efforts.

You’ve got to watch this of her speech at the Convention. I’ve also embedded a few tweets that contain excerpts…

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July 9, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Watch This Video & Complete The Sentence: “This Is An Allegory For_______”

We’ve all seen dogs barking at each other through fences.

But I doubt you’ve ever seen them do this….

If you feel like it, leave a comment completing this sentence:

“This is an allegory for…….”

And if the video doesn’t come through on an RSS Readers — believe me, it’s worth clicking through to see it.

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July 9, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Video: Donald Duck On Self-Control

I’ve previously shared the videos Sesame Street has done this year promoting the virtue of self-control. They’re pretty creative and entertaining.

I just learned that Walt Disney apparently had similar ideas in 1938, and put out this cartoon of Donald Duck teaching and learning about self-control — in his own unique way:

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July 8, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Videos Of The Week

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In yet another effort to get at my backlog of resources to share, I recently began this feature to share useful videos. I’ll still periodically highlight certain ones on their own, but the rest will be found on this regular post:

I’m adding this first video to The Best Video Clips Demonstrating “Grit” — as Digg describes it, “Watch A 2-Year-Old Amputee Learn To Walk Before Your Eyes”:

I’m adding this next video to A Beginning List Of The Best Resources On California’s Drought:

This fun video is going to The Best Geography Sites For Learning About Europe:

I’m adding this last video to The Best Web Resources On The Iraq War:

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July 7, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Video: “Self Control: Dan Ariely at TEDxDuke”

I’m a big fan of Duke professor, author and researcher Dan Ariely, and have written a lot about his work.

Here’s a video of a talk he gave on self-control (you can find the transcript here).

It’s really quite good. Unfortunately, I think most of the examples and stories he uses — which are great — would just be too hard for high school students to connect with, and apply to, their own situation.

Nevertheless, I’m adding the video to The Best Posts About Helping Students Develop Their Capacity For Self-Control.

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July 7, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Video: ‘World Cup Chemistry: The Science Behind the Brazuca Ball”

Here are some new additions to The Best Sites For Learning About The 2014 World Cup In Brazil, in including a video:

The New York Times has collected all their World Cup interactives in one place.

Your World Cup Ethical Questions, Answered is from The New York Times.

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