It continues to be time for mid-year “Best” lists.
The second was The Best Online Learning Games – 2020 (Part One)
The third was A LOOK BACK: 2020’S BEST POSTS FROM THIS BLOG – PART ONE
Now it’s time for the Best Videos For Educators.
You can see all my previous “Best” lists related to videos and movies (and there are a lot since I’ve doing this since 2007) here. Note that they’re also continually revised and updated.
Here are my picks from the first half of 2020:
I’m adding this video to THE BEST RESPONSES TO “I DON’T SEE COLOR”
Here’s how it’s described:
Stanford psychologist and MacArthur “Genius Grant” Fellow Dr. Jennifer Eberhardt explains why the “colorblind” approach to race does more harm than good. For more info, check out her book ‘Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do.’
This is a very good ABC News interview with Marc Lamont Hill:
This would be a great video to show students. I’m adding it to A BEGINNING LIST OF THE BEST RESOURCES FOR LEARNING ABOUT THE CORONAVIRUS.
This Wall Street Journal video is interesting for a whole lot of reasons, including to help students see how the U.S. is being perceived around the world:
Katie Hull and I worked with Ed Week on creating two videos highlighting strategies for encouraging student intrinsic motivation to learn in distance learning. Here are both (you can see more videos on this topic and others on my video page).
I’m this NewsHour segment to A BEGINNING LIST OF THE BEST RESOURCES FOR LEARNING ABOUT THE CORONAVIRUS:
PBS’ “Above The Noise” videos are great – they always have accompanying lesson plans and transcripts, and they cover timely topics of interest to young people. They are on The Best Places To Find Free (And Good) Lesson Plans On The Internet list. In addition, they have a direct connection to Google Classroom and offer their videos in versions on and off YouTube in case you’re in districts that make poor decisions (like ours) to have extraordinarily strict limits on YouTube videos that can be viewed on school-issued Chromebooks. Here’s the YouTube version of one of their latest. I’m adding it to A BEGINNING LIST OF THE BEST RESOURCES FOR LEARNING ABOUT THE CORONAVIRUS.
Regular readers know that I taught a daily half-hour live class to my ELL Newcomer class (see Here’s What I’m Trying Out In My Daily Thirty-Minute Live Online Newcomers Class) this year. I also record the main parts of the lesson separately and post it on Google Classroom. Students who miss the lesson can watch it there, and they can also re-watch it to help them with the homework, which is usually an interactive Wizer worksheet various Quizizz’s and some EdPuzzles. I’m not sure if I can share an example of one of them publicly without your having to log-in to it. I’ll see if I can in the future. But I can share the lesson portion of my class. I don’t videotape the class itself because of privacy issues and I don’t students to feel self-conscious:
It might just be me, but I prefer my videos to be ten minutes or less. This new Dylan Wiliam video lasts sixteen minutes, but it’s well-worth watching. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About Formative Assessment.
I’ve been doing some videos for Ed Week. The first one was on “7 Tips for Remote Teaching.” Next, came “7 Tips for Parents Supporting Remote Learning.” Here’s one providing “Tips for Remote Teaching with ELL Students,” co-scripted by Katie Hull (apologies for it being a bit “glitchy,” particularly at the beginning):
I’m adding this new TED-Ed lesson and video to Best Resources For Teaching About Rosa Parks & 60th Anniversary Of The Montgomery Bus Boycott:
Where would we be without humor?
I’m adding this NBC News video to A BEGINNING LIST OF THE BEST RESOURCES FOR LEARNING ABOUT THE CORONAVIRUS.
Especially in the second half of that list, you’ll find useful resources about the history of epidemics and about xenophobia.
This new BBC video would be go to show IB Theory of Knowledge classes when learning about language:
I previously shared VIDEO INTERVIEW WITH AUTHORS OF “STAMPED: RACISM, ANTIRACISM AND YOU” PLUS FREE TEACHING GUIDE. The Daily Show also posted this interview they did with the co-authors:
This year marked the 55th anniversary of the Selma march for Civil Rights. Here are some videos about it, including John Lewis speaking and an interview with him. You might also be interested in The Best Resources For Teaching About Selma.
What teacher has not heard of Vygotsky? And how many of us really understand his theories? Sprouts just released this animated video about him. I’m certainly no expert on Vygotsky, but it seems to me that the video provides a decent intro to his work. Let me know if you think that judgment is incorrect!
Though I think you might want to read a little more about Community Circles before doing one in your classroom, this new Edutopia video does a good job explaining its basics. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About Restorative Practices – Help Me Find More.
Just in case you haven’t seen it already, here’s “Hair Love”:
Hair Love, an Oscar®-winning animated short film from Matthew A. Cherry, tells the heartfelt story of an African American father learning to do his daughter’s hair for the first time.
Thanks to Jenn Binis, I learned about this great video from YelloPain. It would obviously have to be played at a slow-speed for ELLs, but all students could do an analysis of it:
Earlier, I posted A New Student Panel Of ELLs Is Presenting At Our Staff Training Tomorrow – Here Are Videos Of Last Year’s Presentations. Well, this year’s panel went very well. Here’s a video of their presentation (and here’s the outline they used to prepare what they were going to say). Obviously, both they and their parents have given permission for it to appear here.
Google published this intriguing video. You can learn about the people they highlight at an accompanying website. I’m adding this info to The Best Sites To Teach About African-American History.
I have links to a number of short video “Explainer” series from various news outlets at The Best Online “Explainer” Tools For Current Events, including ones from the BBC. I recently discovered what appears to be yet another series that the BBC does – ones whose descriptions end with the words “…in two minutes.” You can find them all here. This is an example:
I’m adding the first video to The Best TV/Movie Scenes Demonstrating A “Growth Mindset” – Help Me Find More and the other two to The Best Resources On Helping Our Students Develop A “Growth Mindset”:
This new – and short – video from the Stanford History Education Group suggests what I think many of us have been telling students for years to do – yes, go to Wikipedia, and immediately go to the bottom and find its sources. I’m adding it to The Best Tools & Lessons For Teaching Information Literacy – Help Me Find More.
I’m adding this video from Vox to:
I’m adding this video to The Best Sites For Learning About Immigration In The United States:
Education Week just published four short videos Katie Hull Sypnieski and I did on encouraging students to develop intrinsic motivation in school. I’m adding them to:
My Video page, where you can see quite a few other useful ones.
I’m adding this video to The Best Sites For Learning About World Refugee Day:
I really like the speaking strategy shared in this new video from Edutopia.
It’s a nice modification of the Three Two One speaking activity.
I’m adding it to The Best Sites To Practice Speaking English.
Ulrich Boser and his The Learning Agency has unveiled a series of videos on what they call the “Science of Learning.”
I would have liked them better if they were about half their length but it’s easy to criticize a good piece of work that will obviously be helpful to many educators.
I think these are the two best ones, and I’m adding them to: