12 videos to spark educators’ thinking

If you’re like me, you have trouble keeping up with all of the great videos that are out there. I love it when others help me separate the wheat from the chaff.

For my column this month for the School Administrators of Iowa newsletter, I listed a dozen videos that I thought would help spark educators’ thinking about the changes that are occurring around us. None of these are videos that we already have used in the technology leadership training that we’ve done statewide for principals and superintendents. 

Ipodnano3gSchool leaders and/or educator preparation programs could show these videos to practicing or preservice administrators and teachers, school boards, or community members to maintain a heightened sense of urgency for change. I usually recommend to administrators that, every time they’re face-to-face with a group, they show a video or share something they recently read or learned. They also could, for example, assign one of these videos as ‘homework’ ahead of a meeting. The important thing is to keep sharing how our world is changing and to keep discussing what it means for our educational practice.

Here’s my list, in no particular order:

  1. Sir Ken Robinson, Changing education paradigms (11 minutes)
  2. Sugatra Mitra, The child-driven education (17 minutes)
  3. Clay Shirky, How cognitive surplus will change the world (13 minutes)
  4. Chris Anderson, How web video powers global innovation (19 minutes)
  5. Dean Shareski, Sharing: The moral imperative (25 minutes)
  6. Henry Jenkins, TEDxNYED (18 minutes)
  7. Daniel Pink, Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us (11 minutes)
  8. Dan Meyer, Math class needs a makeover (12 minutes)
  9. Jeff Jarvis, TEDxNYED (17 minutes)
  10. Lisa Nielsen, Response to principal who bans social media (4 minutes)
  11. New Brunswick Department of Education, 21st century education in New Brunswick (6 minutes)
  12. Charles Leadbeter, On innovation (19 minutes)

Happy viewing!

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10 Responses to “12 videos to spark educators’ thinking”

  1. great list. love them all.

    i would want to add Ethan Zuckerman’s 2010 Ted on global voices..
    i think he speaks so keenly on listening.. in any realm.

    thanks Scott… great idea.

  2. Thanks Scott,

    As a brand new teacher, it’s really great to see videos out there like these that make me want to do and try so many new and different things!

    Thanks for the blog, I love reading it!

  3. I have linked to this post in my Daily Digest which highlights the best educational Blog posts as I thought it would be of interest to school staff. http://bit.ly/b4pLAF

  4. Great post and highly relevant! Also for the discussion about the educational infrastructure here in Holland.

  5. Thank you so much for this, Scott! You really are a fount of knowledge and I thoroughly appreciate you taking the time to write such a great article

  6. Scott,
    I think these are great resources. I particularly liked the YouTube video by the teacher in response to the principal looking to ban Facebook.

    I’m currently involved in an online discussion thread with other members of The Teacher Leaders Network on this very subject, expanding it to firewalls that block both student and teacher.

    I understand some people’s trepidation with some of these social networking sites, but I’m not sure what’s gained by shutting down reality from our schools. After all, we can’t assess students are learning internet literacy or responsibility if we don’t give them access to the pool to swim in. We also can’t expect students to think of school as a part of real life, if there continue to be such differentiations between the two.

    So what we do now is say, “I know you can’t go watch that award-wininng speech from school, but when you get home, go on YouTube and watch it there.” Is this teaching them how to make wise decisions? No. Is this teaching them that this is just another reason why school is not applicable to real life? Yes.

    Hard to teach street-savvy when we’re blocked from entering the roads.

    Thanks for posting this list and for that particular video specifically. I look forward to reading more.

    -Heather Wolpert-Gawron
    aka Tweenteacher

  7. I wish you would have included “Learning to Change, Changing to Learn.” Anytime I want to take a dip in the inspirational pool, I watch this one, and I am off, finding ways to accomplish what they envision. The mention of #55 on the list of industries out of 55 haunts me.

  8. Great list of videos. I love Dave Eggers. I just stumbled upon the TED awards. I’m always reading up on teaching issues and k12 supply needs.

  9. I too, love TED. I teach English 11 @ our District’s continuation high school. I have shown
    Chimamanda Adichie: The danger of a single story | Video on TED.com
    to my classes with great results. My students have a great connection with being thought of as a “single story.”

  10. Scott, I am an architect that has specialized in the planning and design of K-12 facilities for the last 30 years. I have shared this information with our educational studio and have encouraged everyone to view these videos. Thanks for the information

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