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The Mark Steel Lectures- Descartes 3/3
Written and delivered by Mark Steel, each scripted lecture presents persuasive, yet witty, arguments for the importance of Descartes. This episode continues with the discussion of God in Descartes thoughts.  Mr. Steel then discusses Descartes new topic, which was anatomy.  He discovered that the senses work through the nervous system.  He then continued that our minds are separate from our
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Chinese Immigrants - mid 1800s
This video is accompanied by text. "The discovery of gold in California in 1848 prompted people from all over the world to seek their fortunes on the Pacific Coast of the United States. The discovery came during a period of political turmoil and economic hardship in China. The Chinese Empire was losing control of the nation and imperial powers from Europe were forcing their way into the country. As a result, many Chinese left their homeland to make a living in America. They sailed to San Francis
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Sartre 2 of 7

Video starts when Sartre is a school teacher, in his spare time he developed a strong interest in phenomenology, a new branch of philosophy that offered a radical account of the workings of human conscience.  In 1933 he went Berlin to study with a leader in that field.  When he came back to Paris, the big idea he came back with was to relate to an item in the world rather than a representation of it in your he
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Sartre 1 of 7

Video states French philosopher, Jean Paul Sartre, spent a lifetime defining conventional logic.  The man who never felt so-free as under German occupation would go on challenge almost every assumption about the way live and the our search for freedom.  He looked at the physical sense of freedom.  It was in a Prisoner of War camp that he realized the potential of his ideas of personal freedom.  He did not kn
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Teaching Teachers How to Teach
A Ted presentation with Alan Kay. A 20 minute video with lots of insights, but is best used for teachers in a group setting to decide which ideas they feel are worthy of pursuing. Lots of interesting tidbits worth more time. Best for older students and teachers. Raises questions about one's perspective.
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Sand Fantasy - Art on sand
Ilana Yahav is a sand animation artist. Using only her fingers, Ilana draws with sand on glass table. Provides teachers with some ideas of what they can do with limited funds. Great for hand-eye coordination, too.  04:25 run time

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Native Americans and the New Republic
Video accompanied by text. "From the time the first colonies were settled in America, relations between the Native American Indians and white settlers ranged from respected friends to hated enemies. Into the 1800s, Americans who were still in competition with the Indians for land and resources considered them to be uncivilized and barbaric. But many Americans admired the Indians and valued their contributions to American history and culture. These people hoped that with time the Indians could be
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The Second Great Awakening In the USA
This video is accompanied by text. "At the turn of the nineteenth century, America was still a devotedly church-going nation. Most Americans felt a traditional religious faith to be the foundation of moral character, and many worried that over time the religious imperative would wane into token gestures and empty social structures. These concerns increased with news of the cruelties and excesses of the French Revolution done in the name of reason.
In 1795, Timothy Dwight became president

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Protestant Reformation - History and Impact
When Martin Luther accused the Catholic Church of ninety-five abuses, in 1517, his actions started a societal revolution, not just a religious reformation.  This video, from the BBC, explains how significantly that movement changed the world. (54:58)
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"The 7 Biggest Mistakes Teachers Make Using Video in the Classroom"
This video reviews some basics that should be used when using videos in the classroom. Ideas such as previewing the video, having materials that go along with the video, avoid passive watching, having it meet objectives, and even checking equipment are stressed.  Worth reviewing. May require free registration.
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Industrial Revolution in pictures
This video contains a slide show style presentation about the Industrial Revolution. Amateur video with rock music, no narration. It shows child labor in textile plants.

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The Industrial Revolution
The innovations that marked the transition of the world from an agricultural community to an industrial one started in 18th century England. The Industrial Revolution quickly spread through Europe and the United States.  The people behind the Industrial Revolution were ingenious and clever. They sparked an era of experimentation and creativity that has not yet ceased in modern times. Learn about the struggles and triumphs that led the world t
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Learn about The Age of Reason 1700 - 1800 A.D.
 The Age of Reason 1700 - 1800 A.D. This video shows the conflicting ideas about free and slave and the music and art of the period. Not much depth. Moves rapidly.

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Lessons From the Dover Trial - Part I
Part 1 from Dr. Ken Miller's "God, Darwin, and Design- Lessons from the Dover Monkey Trial" lecture at U of Texas- Austin. Dr. Miller uses news clippings and humor to show the anti-evolution movement. He explains how the peer review of scientific ideas creates an important difference between science and religion. Inset video of Dr. Miller giving the lecture with his powerpoint presentation in the background. 9:59 min.
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Population Growth- Baby Boom
After World War II had drawn to a close, the United States experienced unprecedented population growth that to this day has shaped the social and political landscape of the country, and changed how and where many Americans live. Known as the "baby boom," this population expansion took place between the years 1946 and 1964, with the peak occurring in 1957. The elevated birthrate, unparalleled in American history, added more than 50 million babies by the end of the 1950s. (Video is narrated with s
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Social Revolution
This is a video presentation accompanied by text. "The political revolution in the late eighteenth century that resulted in the Articles of Confederation also caused a social revolution. Riots and social conflict marked the Revolutionary era in America. The Revolution brought the concept of equality into mainstream American thought. Many colonists seized the opportunity to introduce social reform as they created their state constitutions.
The spirit of equality was represented in many way

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Fractals: On the Defense
Though many colleagues initially scorned Mandelbrot's work, his mesmerizing fractal images launched a popular culture fad. More importantly, his book The Fractal Geometry of Nature explained how his ideas could be applied in the real world. Mandelbrot's ideas inspire an ever-increasing number of applications, including the fractal antenna.

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The Roman Empire in the First Century - Episode 2: Years of Trial
Caligula grips Rome in fear; Judea's religious and political establishment finds Jesus a threat.

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Development of Political Parties
Powerpoint on the development of political parties in the U.S.(Amateur video with slides, music, and text. Contains a good deal of information.)

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Funny Speeches - Making Fun of Self
Learn how to give a funny speech from professional speaker and communications instructor Tracy Goodwin in this public speaking video.  This video gives specific ideas on how to make a funny speech without going overboard.
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