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Great Collection of Critical Thinking Videos

December 12, 2012

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Courtesy of educatorstechnology.com:

 

1- Critical Thinking Part 1:  A Valuable Argument


2- Critical Thinking Part 2 : Broken Logic


3- Critical Thinking Part 3 : The Man who was Made of Straw



4- Critical Thinking Part 4 : Getting Personal

 

5- Critical Thinking Part 5 : The Gambler’s Fallacy

 

6- Critical Thinking Part 6 : A Precautionary Tale

 

Click on the link to read Kid’s Cute Note to the Tooth Fairy

Click on the link to read ‘Love’ as Defined by a 5-Year Old

Click on the link to read The Innocence of Youth

Click on the link to read Letting Kids Take Risks is Healthy for Them

Click on the link to read Study Reveals Children Aren’t Selfish After All

 

 

More Graphic School “Fight Club” Videos Released (Video)

September 7, 2012

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The level of violence from school aged children is a real cause for concern:

A high school has been forced to take action after discovering students had uploaded violent videos to YouTube and Facebook of classmates taking part in planned brawls.

The videos, filmed on mobile phones, show large cheering crowds gathering around male pupils as they attack each other in brutal fights over girls and to gain respect.

When a concerned parent anonymously emailed the administration of Lindbergh High School in St. Louis, Missouri to alert them of the dangerous trend, officials immediately swooped into action.

They discovered at least half a dozen videos, each labelled with the names of the two boys taking part, which showed students landing heavy punches and head butts on their opponents.Staff contacted YouTube and the website pulled the violent videos. A Facebook page entitled ‘Lindbergh Fights’, which had more than 120 fans, has also been closed down.

Students told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the fights, which had been taking place for around a month, were usually about girls but sometimes for status.As many as 40 students attended the fights after learning about them through word-of-mouth, they said.

The school has yet to rule whether it will discipline the students – a tough call as none of the fights took place on school property or during school hours, and they do not think they relate to bullying.

Of course these incidents relate to bullying! What else would they relate to? And why does the fact that the fights were off campus have any bearing on consequences? Surely the students have a responsibility to represent their school with distinction. When they don’t – as they clearly haven’t here, the school should be given the authority to punish them.

 

YouTube To Get the Respect of the Educational Community

December 14, 2011

Two weeks I wrote about one of the most underrated learning tools in modern education. I call YouTube underrated because not only is it not given enough credit for being a valuable resource but it is blocked in many schools.

I wrote:

YouTube is the modern-day instructive tool. It clearly and carefully teaches people practical skills in language they can understand. It plays the part of teacher.

At the moment I am teaching my 5th Graders about finding the lowest common denominator before adding and subtracting fractions. As a test, before writing this blog post, I typed some key words into a YouTube search and came up with many fine online tutorials on this very skill that kids can readily access.  It shouldn’t replace the teacher, but it can certainly help a child pick up a concept.

In the space of 2 weeks YouTube has announced that it will introduce its YouTube for Schools, allowing students to access the site without being exposed to inappropriate material:

After making some changes on its home page UI, Youtube now plans to foray into education. To help the cause of spreading education, Youtube plans to unveil a new tool for teachers as well as students.

Youtube for schools is a new idea to introduce collaborative education as head of Youtube Angela Lin says,” This is a technical solution to allow schools that normally restrict access to YouTube to gain access to it.”

Youtube’s official blog post also suggested that teachers have been looking up to leveraging the Youtube platform to access a huge database of knowledge in form of educational videos. But the bone in the throat was those other videos related to entertainment would distract students. This was the main reason behind schools restricting Youtube videos. However, the educational value of Youtube videos in visually interactive learning was much wider in horizon. Thus, Youtube introduced a new platform for learning.

This is a great coup for students and teachers. Well done YouTube!

 


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