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"Popcorn is required for reading this post. So is a good wifi connection on a beach near you as we hope you're enjoying the last days of summer, which we hope will be filled with relaxation, but also mental stimulation.
That is why we have compiled the top 10 videos from the summer featured on Big Think. How were the top 10 decided? You voted by clicking on them, and it's a good selection, covering religion and skepticism, genetics, philosophy, physics and human biology, among other topics. Enjoy!"
"Victoria Tyson, a top performing 10th-grade world history teacher at School Without Walls in Washington, D.C., shares her teaching tips.
Teachers are human, after all, and they don’t like to be bored any more than the rest of us.
As we report, teachers in the Washington, D.C., public schools can now watch their best performing colleagues at work in the classroom.
Instead of setting up a camera at the back of the room and film a whole class, C-Span style, the district teamed up with a reality television company. The result is a collection that showcases a range of teachers, subjects and grade levels. In interviews filmed in a style familiar to anyone who’s watched “Survivor” or “The Bachelor,” the teachers explain a little about what they are trying to get their students to learn, and then quick jump cuts land on snippets from the classroom.
Most of the videos will be available only to Washington teachers who have access to a password protected portal. Jill Nyhus, senior director of technology in Washington, said that the district wanted to show parents and teaching recruits, though, a few samples of what happens in D.C. classrooms. So, the district has made a few available on its Web site and YouTube."
"This simulation shows the first test drive of NASA's Curiosity rover. This tool, called the Rover Sequencing and Visualization Program (RSVP) helps engineers plan the rover's drives, modeling pebbles and bumps in the terrain. The visualization component of the RSVP tool is called Hyperdrive.
The tool shows the sped-up plan for the drive; the actual drive took place at 7:17 a.m. PDT (10:17 a.m. EDT) on Aug. 22, 2012, and lasted about 16 minutes. The drive demonstrated that the wheel actuators, or motors, are working.
To start its forward drive, Curiosity's drove about 3 feet (90 centimeters), rotating its wheels 180 degrees, before stopping to take pictures of the wheels. It then continued forward another 12 feet (3.6 meters), totaling 15 feet (4.5 meters) of forward motion. The rover then rotated 120 degrees, stopping again during the turn to take more pictures. Finally, Curiosity rolled backward 8.2 feet (2.5 meters) and snapped more pictures from its final location. The total drive distance was nearly 23 feet (7 meters)."
"Khan Academy released their Introduction to Programming modules today and they're really great. Go play. Here are my favorite pieces:
Changes to the code affect the output dynamically.
No rendering, no compiling, no reloading. Change the width parameter of a rectangle in the code and the rectangle changes without any extra effort on your part. You can hover your mouse over any parameter and a slider appears, letting you change that parameter smoothly over a range of values. (Bret Victor modeled this kind of programming environment in his Inventing on Principle talk. Try it out on the tree generator.)
Contrast this with Codeacademy where you have to click "Run" or press "Enter" to see the result of your work. Or just now, when I was working on my front-end web development final project, I would make a change to my code in one window, click over to my web browser in another, and then click "Reload" to see the result. That friction may not sound like much but it often makes programming feel less creative and more mechanical."
"2013 Children/Youth Inaugural Response, featuring real voices of real young people ages 5 to 25 talking about what they want Congress and President Obama to accomplish in the next four years. This video is a project of the Children's Leadership Council and powered by SparkAction. Add your voice at bit.ly/kidsinaug."
"This is my [Ben Wilkoff] introduction for #etmooc in which I use a whole bunch of public domain videos in order to illustrate what I am talking about (sometimes with better results than others).
I'm excited about this course and the people that I will meet and collaborate with as a result. I also wanted to make sure that I emphasize just how much I believe we owe the past for our understanding of teaching and learning. In our rush to create a connected MOOC community, I am interested in figuring out the human and timeless elements of education. The good, and not merely the new.
Any company, organization, or individual hoping to take advantage of digital video to educate or entertain the populace or promote a product should have a video strategy in place before springing for the time and equipment involved. Educators, of course, are not exempt from the core tenets of solidifying a viable video strategy — especially when it comes to how exactly they plan to take advantage of everything the medium offers.
Video creation projects are some of my favorite things to do with students. I like video projects for a number of reasons not the least of which is that students generally enjoy them too. I like video projects because when they're organized properly students have to write, research, produce, and revise just as they would if they were writing a story or research paper. Free Technology for Teachers: 5 Video Projects to Try With Your Students:
The natural landscapes shown as captured by satellite imagery is as beautiful as anything artists have ever created. Some of the colors shown in the video may seem otherworldy. Most of those color anomalies are due to the fact that remotely sensed images have more information in them than just what we see in the visible portion of the electromagnetic spectrum. Some of these images are processed to show different bands so we can visually interpret data such as what is in the near infra-red band, skewing the color palette.
"Flex, Zap, Roll: NASA's Curiosity Mars rover performs a series of firsts this week -- flexing its arm, laser-zapping a rock and rolling on its wheels. See the rover's landing site, named for author Ray Bradbury on the day that would have been his 92nd birthday."
Multiple means of representation is a fundamental principle of Universal Design for Learning. As of today, there’s a promising new free option for presenting information in a wide variety of ways.
First knowmia is an online site that offers a collection of some 7000 curated videos organized under main headings or searchable using key words.
It is also is a free app for the iPad where a teacher can create video lessons. You can design each step in a lesson, record illustrations as you draw them, and create sophisticated animation sequences with a simple stroke of a finger. Here are some main features of this app:
+ Build your lesson out of smaller steps (like slides) so it's easy to manage and organize your lesson + Create each step of your lesson on a separate whiteboard so you can seamlessly introduce new concepts + Record everything that you do on the whiteboard as well as your voice to create the lesson step-by-step + Use the shape tool to quickly draw common shapes + Type text with any font/size directly on the whiteboard
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