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Watch here for an example of David Letterman's Top Ten:
After watching, the students wrote their own Top Ten Reasons for Practising Netiquette.
A NOTE ABOUT DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP:
Professionally, I have been working on developing digital citizenship in my students and myself. I try to use texts and text forms the students are familiar with as not only a point of engagement, but also a point of discussion. The more the students are aware of technology, the safer and more responsible they will be.
Please see the following videos about digital citizenship:
What is Social Media?
Pringle Creek is an Eco School and in the interest of becoming more "green" and understand sustainability, I have posted a few interesting videos.
"The Majestic Plastic Bag." Check it out:
But, let's remember how beautiful the earth is and why we should want to maintain its beauty. Sometimes, we just forget. I found a few videos to remind us.
Ted Talks are a great jumping off point for students. They are high-interest and low time-commitment. As well, we get the privelege of having "the experts" in our classroom ... completely FREE!
Kids can't be tricked. They know. Or if they don't, they find out.
Kids are great and very capable. Check out how cool kids can make a difference. Adora Svitak redefines the word "childish."
On Thursday, April 12, 2012 we watched Thomas Suarez talk to us about how as a 12-year-old, he has created numerous apps for the iPod, iPhone, and the iPad. We also came up with interview questions we would like to ask Thomas if he was visiting our classroom. Our Writing focus is Report Writing in the form of an interview. Check out Thomas' Ted Talk:
To introduce the students to Ted Talks, I tried to find one that would really peak their interest. I managed to find one that persuades the viewers that video games are educational and worthwhile. Boy were the boys engaged (and many of the girls too!). Check out Gabe Zichermann and see if you agree with him:
I also really like music and finding cool, new sounds to show the kids. Here, I'll post interesting videos related to music.
David Crowe was on Britain's Got Talent, but I only discovered him recently. Well ... like today (April 23rd). He travels around the world beatboxing and has an amazing range.
Sometimes we need to just listen, and not judge when it comes to "talent." Sometimes, amidst Justin Bieber and "conventional" pop stars, we find a diamond in the rough.
Music isn't just instruments. One of the greatest instruments we have is voice.
New Mike Tompkins:
Which version do you like better? What instruments do you hear?
One popular artist is Gotye (he is on every radio station). However, I found this neat music video of a cover of his song "Somebody That I used to Know" by a Canadian band called "Walk Off The Earth." Check out the music video; the kids loved it:
The "Boy Band" has been around for ages. Check out the "Boy Bands" through the ages:
Check out the powerpoint students in our class made for the recent Pringle Assembly:
We are now moving into social justice and the students are learning more about what it means to be "socially just." We are looking at how young Canadians make a difference in the world.
Craig and Marc Kielberger
I found this neat Sesame Street video that really simplifies it. Sometimes, we need to simplify in order to add on all the other layers of our understanding.
Here are some other videos that explain empathy.
This is where I will post other cool clips I have found.
I love flashmobs. I love them. Here are some of the very cool ones I have come across: