Saturday, January 25, 2014

Math (Long Division): Learn your long division in the style of Gangnam.

Levin Intermediate School in New York had a couple of math classes create a math video as a parody to the Gangnam Style song.  The topic was long division.  The toon is pretty catchy.  Way to go Levin teachers for getting your students engaged in their own learning.  When a teachers wants to discuss more on long division and demonstrate the process differently this video is going to be great.

Grade Level:  K-12
Subject:  Math (Long Division)
Time:  3:40

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Social Studies (Patriotism): I fought for you.

My friend just sent me this video about patriotism.  I get disgusted sometimes by the lack of understanding and patriotism in my classes when we say the Pledge of Allegiance.  I truly believe that most students and probably adults realize the sacrifice that was made on our behalf.  This video shows a grandfather who teaches his grandchildren a lesson by taking them to watch a film from World War II.  Like many kids they start off with headphones and Ipods in their ears not giving much attention.  As the film goes on, they start to take notice of events and unplug from that which isn't important.  We end the video with military veterans saying "We fought for you."  This video would be an excellent one to show your students during patriotic times.

Grade Level:  K-12
Subject:  Social Studies (Patriotism)
Time:  4:40

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Science (Physics): How small is an atom?

Here is another TedEd video entitled "Just how small is an atom?"  It does an excellent job explaining the answer to that question.  The science video compares an atom to the size of a grapefruit and a blueberry.  It is amazing to visualize just how small atoms really are.  If you happen to be teaching about atomic structure, this might help your students understand this particular scientific concept.

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Grade Level:  5-12
Subject:  Science (Physics/Chemistry)
Time:  5:27

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Math/Government (Financial): The debt limit explained.

CGP Grey have a video out called "The Debt Limit Explained."  I was searching for a video to show my Math for Life students about debt and financial situations that our own country can get in to.  People hear talk all the time about the Debt Limit and how we need or don't need to raise it.  This video does an excellent job explaining many aspects of the Debt Limit.  I think your students could get some valuable information from watching it.  After watching the video you can discuss the different aspects and even have a really good debate about whether or not the Debt Limit should be raised.  The nice thing is that Grey doesn't really get into the politics of whether it is bad or not.  He just gives a presentation on what the Debt Limit is according to how he understands it.

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Grade Level:  9-12
Subject:  Consumer Math or a Government Class
Time:  3:49

Monday, January 6, 2014

Amazing Kids: 14 year old computer programmer

This amazing kids video is one that I show to my Math for Life class.  I am trying to get my students to realize that they can be whatever they would like if they are willing to plan, prepare, and execute smart decisions.  This goes with the part of my curriculum about investing in oneself.  This video would be great for all teachers to show to High School students about how setting up your priorities now can benefit the outcome later. In the video we find a 14 year, who is now probably 16, who reads and writes computer code.  He has developed multiple apps and sells them in app stores.  His thoughts on how traditional school are kind of interesting as well.

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Grade Level:  3-8
Subject: Amazing Kids
Time:  8:42

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Science (Chemistry): What are the different states of matter?

In this science video Bill Nye discusses the three states of matter.  He discusses the differences between solids, liquids and gasses.  You can always expect Bill Nye the Science 3-to explain the scientific principles so that every student can understand.

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Grade Level:  3-8
Subject:  Science (Chemistry)
Time: 22:40

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Science (Biology): How does our nose smell?

Here is another TEDed lesson on how our noses smell and detect odor.  This is a cartoonized video with a great story track.  This science video goes through the different parts of the nose and some parts of the tongue as taste and smell go hand in hand.  The video also discusses the difference between certain animals and our human noses.  One of the interesting science concepts that is discuss is why some people lack a sense of smell.  Some of those scientific concepts I hadn't ever been taught in school.

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Grade Level:  3-12
Subject:  Science (Biology)
Time:  4:19

Friday, January 3, 2014

Awesome Kids: 15 year old from Sierra Leone changes his community.

This video is about really cool kid from Sierra Leone.  He is 15 years old and taking garbage and junk out of dumpsters he has created his own generator, FM radio station, and batteries so that he could send out information to his community.  It is amazing to see somebody with little means create a future for himself and others.  Use this to demonstrate to your students that with work and desire, anything is possible.

Subject:  Amazing Kids
Grade Level:  K-12
Time:  10:07

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Science (Biology): Does being cold help you get a cold?

How many times to we tell our children to put on warm clothes during the winter so that they won't get a cold?  Well this ASAP Science video discuss whether or not we are lying to our children.  They do an excellent job visually presenting and discuss the effects of the common cold.  Why are we really more likely to get sick in the fall and early winter?  What is causing the illness to spread so easily during the cold season?

Subject:  Science (Biology)
Grade Level:  5-12
Time:  2:45

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Science (Biology): What's the worst bug on the planet? How about the Mosquito?

Ted-Ed, does an excellent job teaching scientific concepts visually and easy to understand for students of all ages.  In this particular science video, we see how a mosquito behaves, a little bit about the history of mosquitoes, and the possible side effects from a mosquito's bite or sting.  The information is great and I think your students would enjoy knowing what are some possibilities if we were to actually eliminate all mosquitoes in the world.

If you are teaching a science lesson on parasites, then this video would be a good one to introduce the blood sucking mosquito.

Subject:  Science (Biology)
Grade Level:  k-12
Time:  2:39