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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!  

Good news

Check out Edutopia's schools that work

A taste of reality

A must see  -- An animated talk by Sir Ken Robinson on what needs to occur in education

Vision of students today

A vision of K-12 Students Today

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

Chapin's video is down on his site, but you can hear him singing on NPR , and see the words to the song on his website , and still catch it on YouTube.

For reflection and discussion with peers
Do you Teach or Do you Educate? - Subtle or more overt differences - something

Pay Attention

WE CANNOT TAKE IT ALL TO SERIOUSLY - sometimes you just need a Good laugh

Something everyone who uses PowerPoints should watch



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% 
Repeat to remember - Brain bits

Brain Rules in the Classroom - Repeat to remember Brain rule #5 
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 contradictory information.

  • World on fire - From series 5 - The power of popular music to make a point about world  poverty.
  • Slip of the tongue - From series 6 - What can I say except ride on sister! You can purchase these to use with your classes also.

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 -

  • Complete Classroom Simulations from Interact - Many teachers hear the word "simulation" and immediately think of expensive computer programs. But simulations have existed long before there were computers, and can generally be described as mock or practice experiences that often involve personal or cooperative investigations, role playing, or acting, and other aspects of problem-based learning that actively engage students at numerous levels. Experiential learning is generally more memorable than traditional learning tasks like memorizing, sitting passively listening, reading, or writing, because students are immersed in multiple processes, using multiple sensory systems, and higher cognitive functions. Interact has a 40-year history of creating classroom simulations that are engaging, fun, and parallel standards. They have also been field-tested as they are created by teachers for teachers.