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February 7, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Video: “Close Reading” A Super Bowl Commercial

Carol Jago shared this great video from Poynter from Poynter “close reading” this popular 2014 Super Bowl commercial.

It’s pretty sophisticated, but does provide a nice example of the sort of thing educators can have students do with video:

I’m adding it to The Best Sites Where ELL’s Can Learn About The Super Bowl and to The Best Resources On Close Reading Paintings, Photos & Videos.

February 6, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Five Videos Demonstrating The McGurk Effect


The McGurk Effect demonstrates how we can “hear with our eyes.”

It’s perfect when teaching Perception in IB Theory of Knowledge classes.

Here are some articles and videos talking about it – you can never have too many videos because of District Internet content filtering:

This simple illusion shows that you can literally hear with your eyes is from The Washington Post.

When Your Eyes Hear Better Than Your Ears: The McGurk Effect is from Slate.

February 3, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Video & Transcript Of President Obama’s Speech At Mosque

Today, President Obama visited a mosque for the first time during his Presidency.

Here are some articles about it:
Obama, in Mosque Visit, Denounces Anti-Muslim Bias is from The New York Times.

At Baltimore mosque, President Obama encourages U.S. Muslims: ‘You fit in here’ is from The Washington Post.

You can read the transcript of his remarks here.

Here’s an excerpt:


And here’s a video of his entire speech:

You might be interested in previous posts I’ve published about supporting our Muslim students.

I’m adding this post to A Collection Of Useful Posts, Articles & Videos On Race & Racism.

February 3, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Videos & Lesson On Rube Goldberg Machines From Our School’s Physics Teacher


As regular readers know, I’m a fan of Rube Goldberg Machines (see The Best Resources For Learning About Rube Goldberg Machines).

Earlier this week, I saw some of my IB Theory of Knowledge students showing videos of machines they had created in Physics class, and thought they were pretty neat.

I asked our school’s talented Physics teacher, Arthur Sisneros, if he would mind writing a description of his lesson, and also invited teachers to share their videos.

Here’s Arthur’s description, along with a few student videos (I’ll be adding more as students remember to send them to me!):

The Rube Goldberg project is meant to be a summative assessment for my first semester. Like most physics classes, my first semester of physics is dominated by motion (kinematics, forces, momentum, and mechanical energy). I introduce the Rube Goldberg project at the end as an engineering project. We talk about engineering vs. science (defining problems and solving problems as opposed to asking questions and developing explanations). I also require them to include a theme and to be creative. After the project is built, I require them to isolate a few of the events, measure them (distance, time, mass, or whatever they need to measure), and use those measurements to calculate various quantities (average velocity, acceleration, force, etc.). On the presentation day, I have students do a gallery walk to see the other projects, and I conduct group interviews where I delve a little deeper into the understanding of the major physics topics.


February 2, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Three Good Speaking/Writing Prompts – Along With Video Models


Here are three new videos from Soul Pancake that I think provide excellent speaking or writing prompts to English Language Learners and others. Plus, the videos are great models to get students thinking!

I’m adding this post to Best Posts On Writing Instruction.

February 2, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

New PBS News Hour Video On Oklahoma Universal Preschool Program


I had previously read about Oklahoma’s universal preschool program (see Oklahomans have embraced free, universal early education — and it’s working).

I was even more impressed by it after viewing tonight’s segment on the PBS News Hour, Seeing success, conservative Oklahoma banks on universal preschool. You can read the transcript at the link, and here’s the video: