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My ED 381 students have generously donated sample lesson plans to be used as prototypes using 8 different curriculum models.
The following are links that "spoke" to me. They are to streamed videos from services like YouTube, TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design), or Media that Matters. Many will, or should, force you to think about the future and education in different ways.
I think we have to do something about education now! More of the same old thing, the same tired lessons in the "talking head" mode just will not work for this Neo-Millennial Generation.
And, there are other links that hopefully will make you laugh, or look at the world in new ways. Stretch your minds, share these and talk with others, and enjoy!
A taste of reality
A vision of the future - If even half the facts in this video clip are true, what does that mean for American education? Are today's kids getting what they need to meet these challenges?
Mandatory reading (or watching) for every teacher and parent - Daniel Pink's A whole new mind. See Pink's interviews on Oprah's Soul Series
Another perspective on No Child Left Behind
Not on the test (reported inactive) Tom Chapin put NCLB in an appropriate perspective
For reflection and discussion with peers
Do you Teach or Do you Educate? - Subtle or more overt differences - something
WE CANNOT TAKE IT ALL TO SERIOUSLY - sometimes you just need a Good laugh
TEACHING AND THE BRAIN
www.edweb.net/brain Sponsored by USC Rossier School of Education. This is a dedicated professional social network for the education community and offers webinars on popular topics. Membership is free and the current topic is learning and the brain. See cached broadcast webinars.
Business seems to get it, why don't educators? Check out John Medina and his illustrations of important things we know about the brain and how it works. Medina book Brain Rules is also worth the price of admission.
John Medina's Homepage and his array of "brainrules" Pop down to the bottom and see the clips on each of the rules. Also check out these Medina links on YouTube.
Hang Up and Drive - The arousal system - a single processor
Multimodal learning - The McGurk Effect
Symphony of yawns - More on the importance of time/chrono and brain down cycling - 26 minutes + improved performance of 34%
Morning Guy - Comments on cronotypes
The importance of schema - mental frameworks
Media that matters -
A series of short films devoted to strong views world and social
issues. Make sure your volume is adjusted before you begin. Up in
the right hand corner of the homepage is a pull down menu of various
editions. As you scroll over each year's selections descriptions
will pop up. Please note that when you bring up each film there will
be a series of hot links under the play window for additional or
TED - Technology, Entertainment, Design - Started out as a conference in 1984 and brings together a phenomenal group of original thinkers from all over the world to share new ideas, concerns, as well as innovations. Site includes many wonderful speeches by attendees. Listen to TEDTalks. Explore TED's archives. Are there presentations or speeches that moved you or gave you new perspectives?
Personal Favorites From TED -
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