The Kids Should See This

I’ve shared this link before, and I think it may be time to share it again, as students extend their learning into areas of personal interest. The Kids Should See This is a great website for video clips that you can integrate in the classroom. You can search the site for Innovation, Art, and many other topics of interest.

This video highlights how a Japanese town is working to reduce landfill waste. And I thought sorting into 6 bins was a lot when I lived in Japan!

Now That’s Good Thinking

The Smithsonian Education Institute has partnered with FableVision Studios (by Peter Reynolds) to create a series of animated videos to help science teachers understand student thinking when learning science. The series is built on research, and considers national standards. Each video explores student ideas misconceptions about a content topic in Science, as well as a pedagogical topic.

For the whole series of videos, visit the Smithsonian Science Education Center.

The Kids Should See This – 10 Ways to Use Video in the Classroom

The Kids Should See This is a site Rion Nakaya and her two children. Ms. Nakaya explains that she created the site to inspire inquiry and wonder. Visit the site for “smart videos for curious minds of all ages” (quote on site).

Video is a great addition to the classroom. Use it as a hook or tuning in activity, or in a number of other ways. Here are some ideas:

  • lesson hook
  • writing prompt for fiction or nonfiction
  • response in discussion forum or on blog post
  • trigger for creating wonder questions
  • springboard for teaching research skills
  • inspiration for kids to create their own video
  • inspiration for service learning/social activism
  • learn vocabulary
  • entry into creation – have students add on to the story/event

Know that the videos are hosted on external sites, but embedded on the site. Notice that children can click on the word YouTube in the video and get on the YouTube site. When using The Kids Should See This (or other YouTube videos) with students, be sure to let them know to practice safe and responsible use by watching the video as it is embedded, and not clicking on YouTube.

Here’s a cool video from the site on the Moser Lamp (which I just happened to learn about recently at a presentation on Kiva U).

Net Neutrality

What if your internet provider decided to prohibit you from accessing the Internet on all Apple devices, or Windows devices, etc.? I bet you’d be upset. If you don’t want your Internet Service Provider to regulate your access to Internet based on platform, domain, service, or charge you different amounts for the same bandwidth use on different sites, you should care about Net Neutrality.

There have been several campaigns to educate the public about net neutrality. I took screenshots of a website participating in this campaign on September 12, 2014. The aim of this particular campaign was to highlight how a lack of net neutrality could create a disparity in access to different online sites/services.

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Experience on a website as part of an awareness campaign in September 2014.

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Luckily, Common Craft has released a video which explains net neutrality in plain English. Watch the video for an explanation of net neutrality.