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Video Picks from August 2010

Here's the archive of links to VideoAmy's educational video picks from August 2010. See newer video picks on the Five-Minute Film Festival blog.
By Amy Erin Borovoy

August Favorites

StoryCorps: Q and A

StoryCorps is a nonprofit whose mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of our lives. These stories are broadcast on the radio and preserved in the Library of Congress. And just recently, StoryCorps has enlisted animators to make short videos from some audience favorites. In this clip, Joshua Littman, a 12-year-old boy with Asperger's syndrome, interviews his mother, Sarah. (Source: StoryCorps YouTube Channel)





‪The Key to Transforming Urban Education at Sac High‬

As everyone goes back to school for the year, we've been thinking about transformation. Check out this video about Sacramento High School's quest to turn around its reputation as a "dropout factory." Like many schools across the country, it is challenged by low graduation rates -- but the staff is committed to improving the quality of education for minorities and the poorest of students. Read more here. (Source: Vanessa Diffenbaugh's YouTube Channel)





WatchKnow: Videos for Kids to Learn From, Organized

Ever wish there was a way to find and sort the gazillions of educational videos on the Web? You're in luck -- check out WatchKnow, a website designed to help kids, teachers and parents collect and organize educational videos. It's a wiki, which means the more users contribute, the better it gets. It also offers how-to videos on using the site. (Source: WatchKnow)





Previously Featured: August 27, 2010

‪Katrina's Silver Lining: The School Choice Revolution in New Orleans‬

Sunday, August 29th marks the five-year anniversary of the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina. But out of the rubble, New Orleans has built the most market-based school system in the US. Test scores are up, and talented and passionate educators from around the country are flocking to New Orleans to be a part of the education revolution. (Source: ReasonTV YouTube Channel)

‪Building Knowledge: A Blueprint for Big Picture Schools‬

Ever wanted to go behind-the-scenes at a great school when it was just getting started? Come along as Co-Founder of Big Picture Learning Elliot Washor gives a tour of the inside of one of the nearly complete community schools at The Met campus in South Providence, RI in September of 2002. (Source: Big Picture YouTube Channel)

‪The Key to Transforming Urban Education at Sac High‬

As everyone goes back to school for the year, we've been thinking about transformation. Check out this video about Sacramento High School's quest to turn around its reputation as a "dropout factory." Like many schools across the country, it is challenged by low graduation rates -- but the staff is committed to improving the quality of education for minorities and the poorest of students. Read more here. (Source: Vanessa Diffenbaugh's YouTube Channel)


Previously Featured: August 20, 2010

StoryCorps: Q and A

StoryCorps is a nonprofit whose mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of our lives. These stories are broadcast on the radio and preserved in the Library of Congress. And just recently, StoryCorps has enlisted animators to make short videos from some audience favorites. In this clip, Joshua Littman, a 12-year-old boy with Asperger's syndrome, interviews his mother, Sarah. (Source: StoryCorps YouTube Channel)

21st Century Education in New Brunswick, Canada

This video has been making the rounds on social media all week; it's clearly inspired by the series of "Did You Know / Shift Happens" videos, but with the distinction of being sponsored by the New Brunswick Department of Education. Can you imagine if school districts across the country started conversations among the teachers, administrators, and education stakeholders with videos like this? (Source: New Brunswick YouTube Channel)

Boyz Under the Hood - West Philadelphia Auto Academy

At West Philadelphia High School the West Philadelphia Auto Academy formed Team EVX to compete in the Automotive X Prize. Building a 100 mpg car created a project based learning opportunity that provided students with real world experience ranging from engineering to public relations. Visit the West Philly Hybrid X Team website for more information. (Source: Gates Foundation YouTube Channel)


Previously Featured: August 13, 2010

There's been quite a bit of buzz about several documentary films that are critical of the current state of American education, with varying ideas about what should be done. Whether you agree with the point of view of any of these films or not, they are sure to get you thinking. To speak up with your own thoughts on the films and join the discussion about how education reform can actually happen, check out our community group, Reform Starts Here. If you've seen the films, let us know if you think any of these directors have got the right idea, or if you think there's a different story to be told.

Waiting for Superman

Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth) follows a handful of promising kids through a system that he suggests inhibits, rather than encourages, academic growth. (Source: Waiting for Superman)

Race to Nowhere: The Dark Side of America's Achievement Culture

Director Vicki Abeles' new documentary is about the pressures faced by American schoolchildren and their teachers in a system and culture she describes as obsessed with the illusion of achievement, competition and the pressure to perform. (Source: Race to Nowhere)

The Lottery

Madeleine Sackler's film The Lottery endeavors to uncover the failures of the traditional public school system by following four families from Harlem and the Bronx who have entered their children in a charter school lottery. (Source: The Lottery)


Previously Featured: August 6, 2010

Adora Svitak: What Adults Can Learn From Kids

Child prodigy Adora Svitak says the world needs "childish" thinking: bold ideas, wild creativity and especially optimism. Kids' big dreams deserve high expectations, she says, starting with grownups' willingness to learn from children as much as to teach. (Source: TED Talks)

WatchKnow: Videos for Kids to Learn From, Organized

Ever wish there was a way to find and sort the gazillions of educational videos on the Web? You're in luck -- check out WatchKnow, a website designed to help kids, teachers and parents collect and organize educational videos. It's a wiki, which means the more users contribute, the better it gets. It also offers how-to videos on using the site. (Source: WatchKnow)

L'Ecole du Cirque: Moroccan School Teaches Circus Arts to Former Street Kids

In Morocco, a new kind of school is teaching circus arts along with academics and social skills, helping former street children rebuild confidence in themselves and in society. The school collaborates with various community organizations and circus professionals abroad. Find more information about the school here. (Source: World Bank YouTube Channel)


Featured videos from July 2010


Share Your Favorite Education Videos

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DONNA GUTHRIE's picture

I think your readers will enjoy this site. Check out MEET ME AT THE CORNER (www.meetmeatthecorner) and the interview with the Park Ranger at Balboa Park in San Diego, California.

Children learn about the history of Balboa Park, the Pan America Exhibition and the work of a park ranger. Take a look at the upcoming shows for fall including a visit with author Kathleen Krull, an episode about the history of the banjo and just in time for Veteran's Day, an interview with a World War II Veteran

Along with the original content created by the professional staff, MEET ME AT THE CORNER is open to kid- produced content.The current video was submitted by 11 year old Sam. He interviews an animal behaviorist at the Denver Zoo. It is obvious that the episode was written and filmed by Sam but the MMATC staff did a great job of editing and adding photos and links to take the episode to a new level

MEET ME AT THE CORNER, Virtual Field Trips for Kids (www.meetmeatthecorner.org) is a series of educational video podcasts for kids ages 6-12. New episodes are uploaded every two weeks, with a Learning Corner of questions and extended activities, a list of recommended books and links to fun websites about each topic.

This is a great website for kids, parents, teachers and homeschool families.

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