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June 26, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“Video For All” Is A Gift For Any Language Teacher Who Uses Video

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Video For All is a European-funded site filled to the brim with ideas on how to use video in language-teaching.

It looks like an amazing resource.

Even better, Russell Stannard, who is the person who wrote about the site in his great email newsletter, has created a series of videos describing how to best use Video For All.

I’m adding this info to The Best Popular Movies/TV Shows For ESL/EFL (& How To Use Them).

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June 26, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Video: “Watch President Obama deliver eulogy at Rev. Pinckney’s funeral”

Here is a video of President Obama’s moving eulogy at Reverend Clementa Pinckney’s funeral this afternoon. Here’s the transcript. I’ve also embedded some tweets sent during the service (Here’s a fascinating analysis of if by James Fallows):

I plan to highlight this next quotation in history class:

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June 26, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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PBS News Hour Video: “International Baccalaureate changes outlook for Seattle school”

Last night, the PBS News Hour did this segment called “International Baccalaureate changes outlook for Seattle school.”

Our 100% free breakfast and lunch school began an IB program over ten years ago and, along with other changes we’ve made and which my colleagues and I recently shared in The Washington Post, our school has been transformed.

As regular readers know, I’m lucky enough to teach the very fun IB Theory of Knowledge class, along with my ELL courses.

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June 26, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“Don’t Judge Too Quickly” Is A Great Series Of Videos For TOK & ELL Students

I’ve previously shared a lesson, and a collection of videos, I use for a lesson on perception in my Theory of Knowledge class (see Videos: Here’s The Simple Theory of Knowledge Lesson On Perception I Did Today).

Today, I discovered a great series of short commercials with the theme “Don’t Judge Too Quickly” that would make a great addition to that lesson. Plus, they would good for English Language Learners to watch and describe what they see, along with learning the critical thinking lesson that it’s dangerous to make assumptions.

First off, here’s a group of them together. The second to the last one, however, is probably not appropriate to show in class:

Here’s another one:

There are others on YouTube, too, but, like the one I cautioned about in the first collection, they are a little “iffy” to show in class.

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June 23, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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More Movie Clips On Metacognition

Since I posted my request for video clips demonstrating metacognition a few hours ago, I’ve received lots of suggestions.

I have turned that post into The Best Movie/TV Scenes Demonstrating Metacognition – Help Me Find More and added these to it:

Here’s one from Krissy Venosdale:

Jim Windisch recommended Sherlock’s “Mind Palace.” Here’s a link to a good clip (it’s not embeddable).

Leigh Woznick suggests this scene from The Princess Bride:

Leigh also suggests this scene from The Big Bang Theory when Sheldon teaches Penny physics. The most useful part is at about the 4:00 minute mark when Penny tells him she needs for him to slow down:

Metacognition researcher Steve Fleming suggests this Big Bang Theory clip:

I’m wondering if the Beatles song “Help” might work as an example, too:

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