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21.

Improving Comprehension [electronic resource]: The Pursuit of Ideas

This program illustrates how teachers structure learning activities that foster independent learning around a central concept; identifies student-centered activities that make learning interesting, purposeful, and meaningful; models ways for teachers to guide students as they construct meaning and develop strategies for independent learning; and provides examples of how students can work together to develop real satisfaction through real learning. The program shows what teachers can do to help students develop an information base of both content and process for future learning, and how they can do it: make thoughtful decisions about curriculum, design lessons that encourage construction of meaning, stress process as well as content knowledge, create a supportive and nonjudgmental lea [...]
Online
1991
22.

Who's in, Who's Out [electronic resource]

Contrary to popular belief, adequate preparation for college-level study is not an option for the majority of America's public-school students. This program exposes the educational "sorting machine," the factors that mold a child's academic future, through the case of a set of twins from Nevada: one, an academically oriented high achiever who is encouraged to take honors classes, and the other, a musically inclined student who, turned off by the demands of school, is allowed to simply slide by with low-level coursework. It also illustrates how smaller, more intimate learning environments are increasing opportunities for high school students in New York City and greater Cincinnati who were falling through the cracks.
Online
2004
23.

Breaking the Wall of Mindless Schools [electronic resource]: How Educational Research Can Contribute to Successful and Joyful Learning

Educating the educators is for Manfred Prenzel the bedrock of maintaining competence in our knowledge society. In this 2010 Falling Walls lecture video, Prenzel explores the importance of motivation, value orientations, and social competencies to support teachers' professional development. As the national project manager of the OECD-Programme for International Student Assessment, Prenzel's contributions are rooted in years of experience as both an education manager and a researcher. Having served as the director of the Leibniz Institute for Science Education and currently serving as dean of the Technische Universität München School of Education, Prenzel strives to pinpoint strengths and weaknesses in educational systems and to identify levers for improving teaching and learning, part [...]
Online
2010
24.

Blogging in the Classroom [electronic resource]

Blogs may be driving print journalists out of business, but they're doing wonders for the teaching profession. This program helps educators learn more about blogging and the best ways to integrate it into the classroom. Showing how blogs help communicate ideas and connect readers worldwide, the video focuses on the benefits of blogging for both teachers and students. Specific topics include blogging strategies for increasing student motivation, reading comprehension, writing skills, collaboration, and healthy social interaction. Viewers will also learn about blogging for course announcements, reading assignments, professional development networking, student journalism, and other purposes.
Online
2010; 2009
25.

Podcasting in the Classroom [electronic resource]

Using three simple ingredients-a microphone, audio software, and server space-anyone can publish lectures, readings, and performances on the Internet. So what's stopping teachers from incorporating such an exciting new technology into the classroom? This program helps educators realize the power of podcasting and put it into action. Viewers will learn how podcasts can disseminate class lectures, additional lecture notes, and study guides while opening up alternative teaching perspectives, bridging the gap with disabled learners, and building media literacy. Also included are resources for searching and finding existing podcasts, such as public radio directories and websites that serve as podcast archives.
Online
2010; 2009
26.

Who's in, Who's Out [electronic resource]

Contrary to popular belief, adequate preparation for college-level study is not an option for the majority of America's public-school students. This program exposes the educational "sorting machine," the factors that mold a child's academic future, through the case of a set of twins from Nevada: one, an academically oriented high achiever who is encouraged to take honors classes, and the other, a musically inclined student who, turned off by the demands of school, is allowed to simply slide by with low-level coursework. It also illustrates how smaller, more intimate learning environments are increasing opportunities for high school students in New York City and greater Cincinnati who were falling through the cracks.
Online
2004
27.

A Class Divided [electronic resource]

After the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., an elementary school teacher in a small Iowa town decided to introduce ideas about racism and discrimination to her all-white class. This classic Frontline episode recounts Jane Elliott's bold experiment and its provocative approach-awarding special privileges to her blue-eyed students while discriminating against those whose eyes were brown. The program tracks down Mrs. Elliott's former third-graders to learn what effect those early lessons about ignorance and injustice had on their lives.
Online
1985
28.

Teach Me Different! [electronic resource]: Effective Teaching Methods

In this classic program, Sally L. Smith explains how to teach students with learning disabilities and ADHD. The techniques include challenging the intellect and tapping the imagination; using concrete objects, the body, and pictures to communicate abstract ideas; using object-centered learning by attracting the attention visually; limiting the amount of words used; using stimulation, choices, and materials without limiting the child; and offering maximum participation and feedback to empower the student.
Online
2001
29.

Teach Me Different! [electronic resource]: The Nature of the Condition

This classic program featuring Sally L. Smith provides a detailed composite description of children with learning disabilities. Strengths typically include originality, imagination, talent in the arts, and a love of nature, technology, color, movement, and building things. Weaknesses tend to include neurological immaturity, disorganization, distractibility, short attention span, poor motor skills, language problems, limited group skills, and easily becoming overwhelmed. The video also explains why the arts work well as a medium through which to teach LD children.
Online
2001
30.

Teach Me Different! [electronic resource]: Prizing Diversity

To fully prize diversity, a school must embrace differences in students' abilities and learning approaches as well as in race, gender, ethnicity, and so forth. And to reach special needs children, teaching styles themselves must also be diverse. This classic program with Sally L. Smith stresses the importance of individualized instruction for students with learning disabilities and ADHD and discusses how teachers can develop unique strategies and accommodations to help these children learn more effectively.
Online
2001
31.

Teach Me Different! [electronic resource]: Problem-Solving and Self-Advocacy

As an educator, working with a learning-disabled student requires being adept at problem-solving, analyzing tasks, figuring out different ways to teach the same thing, and tailoring the method to fit the child. In addition, the teacher must be able to communicate to the student how he or she learns most effectively and what techniques and methods best enhance that learning process. In this program, Sally L. Smith addresses this complex teacher/learner relationship, a two-way educational process designed, ultimately, to enable LD students to advocate for themselves.
Online
2001
32.

The Hobart Shakespeareans [electronic resource]: A Case Study in Exceptional Teaching

"There are no shortcuts," says the banner at the front of Rafe Esquith's fifth-grade classroom. Most of Esquith's students come from low-income Mexican and Korean households in the neighborhood surrounding Hobart Boulevard Elementary, in Central Los Angeles - and his warning about shortcuts applies not just to young learners but to lazy teachers who can't see a future for marginalized children. Esquith is so committed to his mission that he transforms his class into a yearlong adventure - empowering the kids to perform Hamlet and undergo countless other out-of-the-box experiences while still excelling on standardized tests. Filmed over several months among the Hobart Shakespeareans, as Esquith's pupils have come to be known, this documentary explores their learning process and Esquit [...]
Online
2005
33.

Accentuate the Positive [electronic resource]: Using Positive Psychology in the Classroom

Students at Geelong Grammar School are undergoing the first year of a new, and controversial, experiment in education. Positive Education, a program developed by psychologist Martin Seligman, is designed to help children cultivate ways of becoming happier, more resilient people. But can optimism be learned in the same way that reading, writing, and arithmetic can? This video captures the range of events and emotions that the Australian teens work through, including bullying and self-esteem issues, as they attempt to employ Positive Education techniques. Additional insights are provided by the teaching staff, who are also grappling with this new way of learning.
Online
2010
34.

Building Mathematical Competencies in Early Childhood [electronic resource]

The mathematical skills children bring with them to elementary school predict both their mathematical and literacy achievement for years to come. In this video, experts from Erikson Institute's Early Mathematics Education Project discuss approaches to creating rich, developmentally appropriate math experiences for young children. Lively footage from three pre-K classrooms in the Chicago Public School system, a Head Start program on Chicago's South Side, and a private preschool in a Chicago suburb illustrates how foundational math can be joyfully incorporated into both informal and planned activities.
Online
2012
35.

The Thinking Curriculum [electronic resource]

In the Information Age, the ability to think critically is more important than ever. Students need to gain skills in accessing, organizing, analyzing, evaluating, and using information effectively. This program looks at specific higher-order thinking skills that can be applied both in the classroom and in life beyond it, and shows how a thinking curriculum can be introduced to the classroom. The video touches on Bloom's Revised Taxonomy, Costa and Kallick's "16 Habits of Mind," Gardner's theory of multiple intelligences, and Edward de Bono's Six Thinking Hats.
Online
2005
36.

The Many Faces of Learning [electronic resource]

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Presents the thoughts of guest educators on why they think it is important to continually examine the learning process. Invites personal reflection on beliefs about learning. Re-examines the learning process.
Online
1999
37.

Intellectual Development [electronic resource]

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Explores the power of the mind and consider the notion that every child can learn everything. Eleanor Duckworth discusses the importance of teaching for a deep and lasting understanding, and explains why it is important to give students time to work through their own ideas and experience confusion in order to achieve such understanding.
Online
1999
38.

Conceptual Thinking [electronic resource]

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Focuses on concept maps as tools for helping students learn. Joseph Novak explains how students learn by assimilating new concepts into their already existing frameworks. Takes a teacher step-by-step through the design and process of concept mapping. Shows concept maps being used in a variety of different ways in mathematics and science lessons.
Online
1999
39.

Inquiry [electronic resource]

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Hubert Dyasi discusses inquiry-based learning in science and explains why it is essential in all subjects. The episode shows several classrooms where inquiry learning is taking place and explores various inquiry strategies that can be used in the classroom.
Online
1999
40.

Idea-Making [electronic resource]

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Focuses on student idea-making in mathematics. Constance Kamii explains how to adapt teaching to help students construct their own mathematical ideas. Shows a video of students engaged in "mind mathematics" articulate and defend their strategies to classmates.
Online
1999