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Ten Videos Every Educator Should Watch (and Reflect on)

The internet abound with videos for educators, some contextual and benefit educators in particular situations  at a particular time (e.g. tools tutorials) while others are timeless by focusing on what really matters in education.

Below are 10 videos that every educator should watch and reflect on his teaching context.

  1. Changing Education Paradigms: Sir Ken Robinson (an adapted animation)

In this talk from RSA Animate, Sir Ken Robinson lays out the link between 3 troubling trends: rising drop-out rates, schools' dwindling stake in the arts, and ADHD. An important, timely talk for parents and teachers.

Changing Paradigms: Sir Ken Robinson

 

2.  Five Ways to Listen Better: Julian Treasure

In our louder and louder world, says sound expert Julian Treasure, "We are losing our listening." In this short, fascinating talk, Treasure shares five ways to re-tune your ears for conscious listening -- to other people and the world around you.

Five Ways to Listen Better

 

3.  The Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us : Dan Pink

This lively RSAnimate, adapted from Dan Pink's talk at the RSA, illustrates the hidden truths behind what really motivates us at home and in the workplace.

The Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us

 

4. Teaching Teaching & Understanding Understanding ( Three Parts)

"Teaching Teaching & Understanding Understanding" is a 19-minute award-winning short-film about teaching at university and higher-level educational institutions.
It is based on the "Constructive Alignment" theory developed by Prof. John Biggs.
The film delivers a foundation for understanding what a teacher needs to do in order to make sure all types of students actually learn what the teacher intends.

TT and UU Part 1

 

TT and UU Part 2
TT and UU Part 3

 

5.  Arthur Benjamin’s Formula for Changing Math Education

Someone always asks the math teacher, "Am I going to use calculus in real life?" And for most of us, says Arthur Benjamin, the answer is no. He offers a bold proposal on how to make math education relevant in the digital age.

Changing Math Education

 

6.  What Adults Can Learn from Kids : Adora Svitak

Child prodigy Adora Svitak says the world needs "childish" thinking: bold ideas, wild creativity and especially optimism. Kids' big dreams deserve high expectations, she says, starting with grownups' willingness to learn from children as much as to teach.

What Adults Can Learn from Kids

 

7.  Gaming to Re-engage Boys in learning: Ali Carr-Chilman

Ali Carr-Chellman pinpoints three reasons boys are tuning out of school in droves, and lays out her bold plan to re-engage them: bringing their culture into the classroom, with new rules that let boys be boys, and video games that teach as well as entertain.

Gaming to Re-engage boys in Learning

 

8.  Teaching Kids Real Math with Computers: Conrad Wolfram

From rockets to stock markets, many of humanity's most thrilling creations are powered by math. So why do kids lose interest in it? Conrad Wolfram says the part of math we teach -- calculation by hand -- isn't just tedious, it's mostly irrelevant to real mathematics and the real world. He presents his radical idea: teaching kids math through computer programming.

Teachiing Kids Real Math with Computers

 

9.   Schools Kill Creativity: Ken Robinson

Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.

School Kills Creativity

 

10.    Bring on the Learning Revolution: Ken Robinson

In this poignant, funny follow-up to his fabled 2006 talk, Sir Ken Robinson makes the case for a radical shift from standardized schools to personalized learning -- creating conditions where kids' natural talents can flourish.

Bring on the Learning Revolution

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