Saturday, 5 November 2011

You Tube and TED Talks

I was looking at TED talks on my phone to see if I could find something interesting to share for an inclusive classroom. There is such a vast array of talks to search through and I could have used a number to share that would have an impact on the classroom. I came across this talk by AnnMarie Thomas who talks about a unique way to teach students about electricity. She uses playdough to demonstrate circuits and conductivity. Our grade 5 classroom includes some students with significant fine motor issues and what a better way to demonstrate electricity than by using a easily managed tactile product that is easily manipulated by all students. Berger and Trexler conclude that "visual learners learn through seeing and retain information more effectively when it's presented in the form of pictures, diagrams, videos, and handouts" (p 15) So sharing this video with staff will have an impact on visual learners. As well, they state that "kinesthetic learners like to touch, manipulate, and work with what they are learning" (p 15). This video certainly offers an opportunity for kinesthetic learners to succeed.

My next step included figuring out how to share this great video. First, I thought it was great enough to share on Twitter but I couldn't Tweet right from the TED Talks site as it was currently down due to upgrades being added. So, I went to the YouTube site and searched for the video. Yippee! I found it and of course, I could Tweet about it directly using the "share" button below the video. To embed the video on this post was also exceptionally easy as YouTube provides the embed code that only needs to be cut and pasted.

Enjoy this short video that offers a great opportunity to teach using a very tactile method. See her website for more great ideas and pictures of projects students have complete.

TedTalks offer a great opportunity for some free professional development. You could enter any term in the search engine and find a talk that would be great. Here is an animated talk by Sir Ken Robinson about changing paradigms in education.

You could add video after video of talks that would be valuable for educators and parents alike. There is so much out there. The only problem is finding the time to search for it all! Richardson explains, "in early 2009, over 20 hours' worth of videos were being uploaded to each minute (that's right, I said minute). . .millions of photos, thousands of audio files, and countless other creations are now being added every day to the incredibly vast storehouse of information that the Web has become" (Richardson,Will, Blogs, wikis, podcasts and other powerful web tools for classrooms, 2010, p 2). So much to see, so little time.

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