After a busy last week of August working with teachers from around Jackson County, we were ready to kick off the official school year with another round of sharing and inspiration! This week's topic was chosen by Kim, who was motivated by a recent #4thchat. Here are some interesting/humorous/inspiring web videos that have recently caught our eye or are considered old favorites:
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Dan got us started with a lighthearted YouTube find... which is always great to break the ice. We commonly try to infuse humor into our training sessions so that teachers might let their guards down a bit and feel more comfortable in potentially stressful situations.
The next two were actual Channels on YouTube that he has subscribed to. Subscribing is a great way to have updated content at your fingertips from providers who you know put out quality stuff. The first project comes from educators in California, and also has a nice website:
This final one goes back to Dan's roots in the science classroom, but also led us to discuss the actual production features of what makes a good learning video. A common feature in Veritasium's videos is bringing to light common misconceptions about a topic and then producing evidence of the actual science. We talked about how this format is quite different from procedural videos from Khan Academy.
Kim took over the ring next and Smack'd us with these YouTube favorites: First, some humor..
Here is a cute but sobering (for some) reminder about the types of children who are entering our classrooms this fall:
And finally, she left us with some quality TPACK resources in video form...reminding us to always strike that balance between technology and the teaching and learning.
Your final Smackdown round for the week comes from Brad, who shared some of his favorite "go-to" videos. Here's a fun-loving dad who reminds us to take time to PLAY as we go back to school:
And to close out the week, this video sums up why Smackdown Sharing (and all sorts of sharing) can be such a great learning experience: