The Kuriositas blog recently featured, “Atomic,” a short video created by students at Columbus College of Art and Design. The students were tasked with creating animations of some of the elements on the periodic table, and this video is a compilation of some of the best. Learning about the elements and their symbols would have been vastly more entertaining when I was in high school if I had been given a similar assignment! In fact, there are a few elements in the video that I would swear I never heard of (dysprosium?), but now I will never forget them.
Fans of the fabulous Kid President know that he is part of a dynamic duo. Behind the scenes of all of the Kid President videos is his brother-in-law, Brad Montague. Now Brad has started a YouTube channel, and his first video is just as inspirational as all of the others he has produced. I can’t help but think that Brad’s new dad status might have been a motivating factor for this story. Or maybe he saw Hamilton recently…
By the way, I’m adding this video to my “Inspirational Videos for Kids” Pinterest Board. Check it out for more great short films!
During the last few years, I’ve collected quite a few resources to help teachers “survive” the few weeks before Winter Break. Rather than recycle them in separate posts this year, I decided to put the links to the posts all in one place. (The “Telegenic” post shares related videos.)
- Creative Ways to Survive the Weeks Before Winter Break
- Logical Ways to Survive the Weeks Before Winter Break
- Physical Ways to Survive the Weeks Before Winter Break
- Telegenic Ways to Survive the Weeks Before Winter Break
My students, particularly those in the K-3 grade levels, have really enjoyed using GoNoodle for brain breaks in our classroom. The kids enjoy the music, the great variety of videos, and the movement.
Now students can log in to their own iOS devices at home to jump, dance, and sing with their favorite GoNoodle tunes. The iOS app is free, but students will need a parent to sign up and log them in the first time. Make sure the child has a good place to set up his or her device for viewing while participating (an Apple TV is great for this!) so he or she can have hands-free fun!
GoNoodle is a great way to get the family moving before or after a heavy holiday meal, or after a long car trip to grandma’s house 🙂
Dr. Pauline Dow (@PaulineDow), an Associate Superintendent in our district, shared this recent TED Talk by Steven Johnson, “How Play Leads to Great Inventions,” in a tweet this week. Steven Johnson, you may remember, is an author I’ve mentioned on this blog because I was fascinated by his book, How We Got to Now. Johnson is adept at tracing innovations back through time to discover the (often surprising) building blocks that made them possible.
In this October, 2016, TED Talk, Johnson claims that necessity is not always the mother of invention – and that play may be just as, if not more, important when it comes to generating new ideas. I’m pretty certain that Sir Ken Robinson would approve this message.
I will be adding this video to my Pinterest Board of Inspirational Videos for Teachers. Click here to see more.
Decisions, decisions. Some are certainly easier to make than others, as many people are discovering on this 2016 Election Day in the United States…
Kid President just released a timely video for the occasion. Happily, it doesn’t just apply to election decisions. In fact, my 2nd graders have been discussing “Thinking Hats,” and “Making Tough Choices with Kid President,” was the perfect supplement to a lesson on the importance of thinking about your thinking. “Be thoughtful,” Kid President advises, after warning against impulsivity, doing nothing, and following along with everyone else. Pretty sage advice from someone who isn’t even old enough to vote yet.
I will be adding this video to my “Inspirational Videos for Students” collection. Here is a free printable of my Thanksgiving Thinking Hats Review if you are interested!
Also, if you haven’t seen the campaign projects from Joelle Trayers’ Kindergarten class, and need an election day smile, you must click on this link!
Oh, and by the way, looking for gift suggestions? Kid President’s Guide to Being Awesome is one of the many recommendations you will find on my “Gifts for the Gifted” page!
TED Ed recently featured this “River Crossing Riddle” in its weekly newsletter. It is similar to the “Bridge Riddle” I recommended on this blog last May. I think it might be fun to act out the riddle in class to help students try to solve it. When the video is finished, there are some other riddle suggestions that you may want to investigate as well.