I only wish that these were available to me when I was in school. The Internet and the ease of creating video have unleashed these creative geniuses on the world, each willing to share what they know about all sorts of things. Here’s my list – what are your favorites?
CGP Grey – Collin cover a huge array of topics in a way that will make you both laugh and learn.
SciShow – Another great channel that discusses science news, history and concepts.
Minute Physics – As their channel states: “Cool physics and other sweet science."
Veritasium – Veritasium is a science video blog featuring experiments, expert interviews, cool demos, and discussions with the public about everything science.
It’s Okay To Be Smart – Yes it is! This channel is all about some of the most mind-blowing science facts you have wondered about.
Smarter Every Day – Destin makes some of the best and most entertaining science videos you might find online.
Crash Course – Hank and John Green provide brief explanations of some of the worlds most complex topics. They are very engaging, and could work very well as materials for your blended learning course.
The Brain Scoop – Great behind the scenes work from the Field Museum in Chicago
The PBS Idea Channel – a PBS show that examines the connections between pop culture, technology and art.
Bonus… The Internet was created for cat videos – so if you think I’d forgot them, here’s my favorite:
Big Cat TV – this animal rescue group has some very educative videos about big cats.
What are your favorites? Share them in the comments.
I came across an interesting article ( Reading Techniques Help Students Master Science) from Scientific American and study (What Works Clearinghouse) on the difference between reading science vs ELA texts and a technique that might help learners make better sense of the materials.
The article has several links to additional research about how students grapple with the differences in ELA vs science texts. This passage stands out to me as something to explore:
Each year Mary Meeker from KPCB presents a signature State of the Internet speech with a crazy amount of data on everything from how we use the net to implications across the world. Yes… it’s a 164 slides of stuff – but it’s work a peek, especially the education related items starting on slide 24.
Is it more effective to start with a focus on common misconceptions learners have? Will this increase the likelihood that they are going to pay attention and actually learn something?
Ever wonder how important your school librarians are to your student’s successful transition to college? A new report from the ALA, “Factors Affecting Students’ Information Literacy as They Transition from High School to College“, lays it out in some detail. From the abstract:
Make sure to read the conclusion, where this troubling statement is written by the authors:
The topics covered are:
I would highly recommend this book to you no matter how much your teaching and learning practice touches the issues of social networking, digital identity, and trying to help our kids create positive digital footprints. At the very least, make sure to review the 22 page introduction as It give a great deal of insight into this complicated world we live in.
A few weeks back, I had a conversation with an elementary teacher about the types of feedback he could give to better let his learners know how they were doing on their presentations. This discussion led into how important the ability to stand in front of people and talk is to long-term success both in school and in the workplace. We talked a bit about how the students at that age don’t quite know what elements of a presentation are important, so providing them a framework will help them think about and work on those skills. In addition to the framework, we thought it was important for student to self-assess, or predict, their level of proficiency before they did their presentation. Enter the rubric.
One of the better resources for pre-created rubrics (and much more) I’ve found for students is at the Buck Institute for Education or BIE. They provide a plethora of resources around Project Based Learning that can be adopted into your general and special education classrooms. The K-2 rubric is a great entry-level document to help your learners understand what elements they need to include or demonstrate. To download any of the documents, you will need first to create a free login.
Apple sells these really nice wireless keyboards ($69) that we use in our Assistive Technology Lending Library, but they don’t sell a simple replacement battery cover… So when one that we’ve loaned comes back without the simple cover, we now have a $69 piece of finely sculpted aluminum.
Because I’m always looking for a way to fix things like this, I took the keyboard to the local hardware store and found a 5/8” hex cap that fit the hole perfectly – almost. The end sticks out a bit, but other than that, it’s functional. As someone once said, “If it’s stupid and it works, it’s not stupid.”
This nice little 5/8” hex cap cost $0.85 and needed only to have a small amount of the black oxide finish scuffed off on the end that contacts the negative side of the batteries. Once installed and turned on, the Bluetooth keyboard showed up immediately on my iPad and Nexus tablet, and we’ve saved a otherwise useless device from the trash.
Sal Khan, the founder of the Khan Academy, recently delivered the keynote address at the Hoover Institution’s Symposium on Blended Learning in K-12 Education.
In this keynote, he describes his vision for “education reimagined.”
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