You may have already seen or heard about “His Day is Done: A Tribute Poem for Nelson Mandela by Maya Angelou,” which was produced by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Information Programs in December 2013.
Here’s a new video ad on gun violence at schools. You can read more about it at The Atlantic, and here’s the YouTube description:
December 14, 2013, will mark the one-year anniversary of the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary. Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is partnering with Mayors Against Illegal Guns to commemorate the anniversary with No More Silence, a campaign to honor the victims and show our resolve never to be silent again about gun violence.
In the video, how does Dr. John Heckman define “soft skills” and why does he say they are important? To what extent do you agree with him? To support your opinion, be sure to include specific examples drawn from your own experience, your observations of others, anything you have read, and information from the video.
Bam! Two birds with one stone — a review of the importance on self-control and practice responding to an academic writing prompt. I’m figuring the whole thing will take up twenty minutes, including a quick sharing in partners.
Show these to English Language Learners and have them describe what they are watching, perhaps alternating with the Back-To-The-Screen exercise I use with videos (read about it here).
I think this video of animals squeezing into small places would be entertaining and useful in ESL classes — students could describe what they are seeing in writing and verbally:
I think this would be a good video (titled “Giving”) to show to English Language Learners and have them describe what is happening. Thanks to Michelle Henry for the tip:
Floating In My Mind is a short animated video about making memories and losing them.
I think it could be an interesting movie to show to my English Language Learners to see how they would describe what they saw — I wonder if all would describe it literally or if some, unprompted, would see the deeper story it’s trying to tell..
Sharknado, the movie that appeared on the Syfy Channel over the summer, I think qualifies for the most ridiculous movie of the year — a tornado filled with sharks terrorizes people.
Since it’s so ridiculous, I think I’m putting it trailer on my list of video clips that that English Language Learners can watch and describe. I think they’d find it hilarious.
My high school students love the Sesame Street videos, which I use as a short “refresher” during the year after we do our initial lesson on self-control.
This one on “The Waiting Game,” though, is the best one yet. In it, Cookie Monster demonstrates each of the strategies that Dr. Walter Mischel recommends that people use (and that he saw children apply in the marshmallow test) to enhance their self-control.
I’ll be showing the video to students and having them identify each of those strategies:
Now, some teachers have done a short video person — unfortunately, without giving credit to John and the original source. But it is pretty funny. And if you go to watch it on YouTube, people have made some pretty nice additions in the comments.
This next video is the best one I’ve Seen On Perseverance & Resilience.
This video is part of a new TED-Ed Lesson titled There’s no dishonor in having a disability. You can see the entire lesson here.
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:
It’s completely new to me, but ¿Qué Pasa U.S.A.? was the first Cuban-American sitcom, which aired from 1977-1980″ on the Miami PBS station.
This new remix, created by Melody Sheep for PBS, is really interesting. You can find many episodes on YouTube, and I’ve also embedded a clip from one where they are attending a citizenship class. It’s pretty funny.
It has sixteen different tracks, like television channels (including a cooking channel as the above image shows), synchronized with different people in different locations mouthing words to the song. It’s got to be seen and heard to be believed.
I’m trying to figure out if and how it could be used with English Language Learners. I’ve never used the song before — the lyrics, I think, would generally be too confusing. However, the chorus is usable. I wonder if students could learn the chorus, sing it at appropriate times, and use the different tracks for Venn Diagrams and compare/contrast paragraphs?
Even more interesting, though, is that Interlude, the actual creator of the video, lets people use their site — for free — to create their own interactive videos. Here’s what I’ve previously posted about them:
Interlude lets you create sort of a “Create Your Own Adventure” video. It’s a little too complicated for me, but you can read more about it at TechCrunch.
Let me know your ideas about using the video in class — and if you’ve used the site to create your own…
In a paper published last month and an accompanying video (below), a team of five engineers introduced inFORM, an interactive computer system that allows a person on one side of a screen to physically interact with the world on the other side.
In an experiment, researchers were able to take the brain waves of people seeing what’s on the left and reconstruct the images on the right — only from brain waves. You can read about the potential implications of this process, ranging from identifying what patients in a coma are experiencing to seeing our own dreams, at Scientific American:
Okay, your turn. What videos have you seen lately about tech that have “blown your mind”?
In yet another effort to get at my backlog of resources to share, I’m starting this new regular 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:
This video shares some good advice to presenters and to teachers: