Different Kinds of Smart: Multiple Intelligences
This program delves into Harvard University professor Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences, describing how people have learning skills that differ in significant ways. Featured are teachers who share a class of five- through eight-year-olds, including several mainstreamed special needs students, and a ninth- and 10th-grade social studies teacher, with commentary from Howard Gardner.
Feelings Count: Emotions and Learning
This 27 minute video program introduces ways to create an emotionally safe classroom to foster learning and to deal effectively with emotions and conflicts that can be obstacles. Featured are a fifth-grade teacher and an eighth-grade band teacher, with commentary from Daniel B. Goleman, author of the book Emotional Intelligence, and Yale University Professor James P. Comer
Learning From Others: Learning in a Social Context
Based on Lev Vygotsky’s work, this program explores how learning relies on communication and interaction with others as communities of learners. The program features a fifth-grade teacher and a ninth- through 12-grade teacher, with commentary from Tufts University professor David Elkind, Yale University professor James P. Comer, and University of California at Santa Cruz professor Roland Tharp.
Thinking About Thinking: Metacognition
This 27 minute program explores how thinking about thinking helps students better manage their own learning and learn difficult concepts deeply. The program features a senior English teacher and a sixth-grade teacher, with commentary from University of Michigan professor Annemarie Sullivan Palincsar and Lee S. Shulman, president of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Questons such as what we need to do next is just one of the areas explores. How to see yourself.
Expectations for Success: Motivation and Learning
Teachers can enhance their students’ motivation by encouraging them to be thoughtfully and critically engaged in the learning process, by supporting their drive for mastery and understanding, and by helping them become self-confident. This 27 minute program takes a second look at classrooms seen previously to show how motivational techniques work in concert with other learning theories. Stanford University School of Education Dean Deborah Stipek adds her insight to this program
Pulling It All Together: Creating Classrooms and Schools That Support Learning
This program discusses how schools can organize for powerful learning through a coherent, connected approach to teaching and learning that is reinforced and supported by structural features. This session features the staff and students of two schools: a public school in Michigan serving grades three through eight and a first-year charter school in California.
Exercise can Make You Smarter
Researchers are finding that exercise can not only keep you fit, but make you smarter. A school in Illinois has developed a program that gets students moving and learning. This 4 min. 17 seconds video goes. Interview at very well equipped high school that is said to show fitness helps the brain work as well.
Magic School Bus is Going Batty
The class is learning about nocturnal animals - creatures of the night. But it’s driving them batty! Ralphie thinks Ms. Frizzle is a vampire. And the Magic School Bus has grown wings! But after they hang around the castle for a while, the class finds out the truth about Ms. Frizzle, and learns everything they ever wanted to know about bats!
Run time 23:00.
Hints To Learn Jazz Tunes Faster
A narrated PowerPoint presentation that provides step by step instructions for learning and practicing jazz tunes on any instrument. There are no pictures, but rather a written list of hints and suggestions. The instruction is thorough and of high quality, but a little bland on the presentation. (5:16)
The Small Mammal Sengi Outwits a Hungry Lizard
In this short video clip, the unusual, small African rufous sangi uses an intricate network of hunting trails to outwit a lizard. This 2 ounce mammal is able to go the distance as the reptile runs out of steam. Shows predator/prey relationship. Run time (02:36)
The Days of the Week (song)
This video will help students learn the naming sequence - of the days in the week. The video repeats the days names several times - for repititious learning in a song.
Days of the Week Song
Learning the days of the week through song and pictures. White letters on black ground for days of the week. Chorus has children touch body parts. Also touches on definition of a day. Last 40 seconds (2:15 on) is a commercial. (2:52)
Colour & Shape Olympiad Interactive video. Kids are told what to spot and they point at it. This video keeps kids moving. Video is good, it keeps kids moving while they are learning. Video is appropriate for preschool and kindergarten children.
Interactive video. Kids are told what to spot and they point at it. This video keeps kids moving. Video is good, it keeps kids moving while they are learning. Video is appropriate for preschool and kindergarten children.
About Spelling Rules
A teacher shows how to improve spelling skills by learning spelling rules, but remember that many rules have exceptions. Basic spelling rules include putting "I" before "E" except after "C," doubling the final consonant in words where the last syllable is stressed and proceeded by a single vowel, and dropping the final "E" when adding a suffix to a word.
Drag and Biomimetics
This is a NASA Sci Files segment describing how NASA scientists study the natural design of living organisms in order to solve problems in engineering aircraft. Produced specifically for students and is suitable for elementary and older students.
(This is an Emmy award-winning series of instructional programs that introduces students in grades 3-5 to NASA and integrates mathematics, science, and technology through the use of Problem-Based Learning (PBL), scientific inquiry, and the sci
"Endemic" - Definition and Usage
Simply defines and illustrates the word "endemic," with the example of kangaroos in Australia. Vocabulary study in context as a learning strategy. Voice-over, words on screen, cartoon illustrations. (:45)
How to Improve Your Vocabulary
Learning how to improve vocabulary can be done by reading difficult books and looking up words that are not understood. Improve vocabulary with tips from a produced playwright in this videos.
Percent Problems: The Percent Equation
This video starts with translating a word problem into a math equation. A number of examples are done. This equation is also done with percents of fractions. Video is good quality and good for all students as a review or initial learning of the topic.
Finding Percent of a Number
Students learn to find a percent of a number. For example, to find 65% of 40, first rewrite 65% as the decimal 0.65, and "of 40" means "times 40", so we have 0.65 x 40, which equals 26. So 65% of 40 is 26. Video is good quality and good for all students as review or initial learning of the concept.
Finding Percent of a Number
In this video students are shown how to find a percent of a number. The video walks the students through step by step. This is a good video for the beginning or struggling student. A couple of examples are done. Video is good quality and good for all students as a review or initial learning of the topic.