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July 24, 2014
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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…

Reader Cindy Conser suggested this nice video collection from Shmoop would be a good addition to The Best Funny Videos To Help Teach Grammar. Here’s one example:

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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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July 6, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“StepUp.io” Lets You Edit & Splice Together An Existing Video

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StepUp.io is a new site that lets you easily pick any YouTube video, pick the specific segments you want to show from it, and then put them all together. That ability could be useful, though I think the option of making the segments “looping” is just an annoying feature.

What would really make StepUp.io very helpful would be if they added the ability to get segments from multiple videos and put them together — now that would make it stand out in the crowd of other sites on The Best Tools For Cutting-Out & Saving Portions Of Online Videos (Or Annotating Them) list. [NOTE: Staff from the site left a comment explaining that they do allow this function -- check out his explanation]

Here’s a short video on the tool, and I’d recommend skipping the first thirty seconds or so…

Thanks to TechCrunch for the tip.

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June 30, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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ThingLink Now Lets You Annotate Videos, Too

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I’ve been a big fan of ThingLink, which lets students easily annotate photos, lets educators use the service for free, and allows you to create virtual classrooms. It’s on The Best Online Tools For Using Photos In Lessons list.

They’ve now just announced ThingLink for Video, which lets you annotate…videos.

It’s not entirely open to the public yet — you have to sign-up, but they say they’ll send out invitations a couple of days following a request.

I just registered, so haven’t had a chance to try it out myself. So I can’t say how it compares with other free tools that let you create these kinds of interactive videos. Those other tools include HapYak, WireWax, and The Mad Video.

Those tools are on A Potpourri Of The Best & Most Useful Video Sites list, and I’ll be adding ThingLink there, too.

By the way, the Adventures With Technology blog has a good example of how to use this type of tool as a language-learning activity.

Here’s a video describing ThingLink’s new video service:

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