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Five-Minute Film Festival: Best Kickoff Videos. Sometimes you just need a short, powerful video to start a meeting, an event, or a presentation -- something that really makes everyone sit up straight and start listening.

Five-Minute Film Festival: Best Kickoff Videos

It's the beginning of a brand new year, in the dark and cold of winter, and it seems like the perfect time to offer up some meeting opener videos that will leave you feeling energized and excited. And since they say you only have a few moments to get your audience's attention, almost all of these videos are under five minutes. I'm reluctant to say these are "motivational" or "inspirational," since both words conjure up visions of teamwork seminars, self-help books, and cheesy piano music slideshows, but I dare you to watch a few of these clips and not feel just a little empowered to go out and change the world.

Video Playlist: Ten Great Videos to Get People Jazzed About Education Keep watching the player below to see the rest of the playlist, or view it on YouTube. More Resources for Engaging Meetings. Can TED Talks Really Work in a Classroom? Teaching Strategies TED-Ed By Katrina Schwartz There’s been a lot of excitement around TED’s foray into education, bringing its inspirational video model to the classroom.

Can TED Talks Really Work in a Classroom?

TED-Ed launched the YouTube Channel with produced and animated videos about two months ago and now includes a free service that lets teachers upload any YouTube video to its polished platform. Teachers can also make any of the videos — TED or any other — more relevant to their classes by adding customized questions and quizzes. But it’s a work in progress at the moment, until educators can figure out the best ways to use the videos. Under the math topic, for example, TED-Ed includes videos like How Folding Paper Can Get You to the Moon or Peter Donnelly Shows How Stats Fool Juries.

“It’s by no means a comprehensive understanding.

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Teacher Appreciation - Tip #5: Watch this Five-Minute Film Festival. Get tips and ideas every day in May for Teacher Appreciation Month on how you can thank your favorite teachers -- and support them throughout the year!

Teacher Appreciation - Tip #5: Watch this Five-Minute Film Festival

Credit: Illustration by Walter C. Baumann "Every Day in May" Stupeflix Studio - Video creation made easy. Learning to Change-Changing to Learn. Strategies for integrating video into your lessons.

How to Create Great Screencasts. At least a few times each week, I'm emailed about how I create the video tutorials that show up on the site each week.

How to Create Great Screencasts

I think many of you are under the impression that it's much more difficult than it really is. If I can do it, anyone can. I'll show you the exact setup I use. Step 1: Use Good Software If you've watched my screencasts, you know that I switch between using a Mac and a PC. PC Users Hands down, the best screencast software that I've been able to find is Camtasia Studio, from TechSmith. Camtasia Studio is wonderful because it was built for the sole purpose of producing screencasts. Alternatives Mac Users When recording on my Mac, I've found iShowU to be the best option. Step 2: Use a Decent Mic The biggest "mistake" that most beginning screencasters make is when it comes to their choice of microphone, or lack thereof (as it was in my case, initially)!

The keywords in that previous sentence are condenser and decent. What you want is a good $75-$100 USB condenser mic. About Air Video. Shukla Bose: Teaching one child at a time. Videos to help you rethink education, learning, & school. Having children causes one to (re)think seriously about education and the role of school.

Videos to help you rethink education, learning, & school

Education obviously is the most powerful thing in the world. And yet the old Mark Twain chestnut — "I never let school get in the way of my education" — speaks to the core of my own thinking regarding education. I am not an expert in education by any means, but like almost everyone, I have strong ideas based on my personal experiences going through formal, mass schooling. Personally, the best years where I learned the most and was inspired to study and learn on my own were surely the six years of elementary school, and then university and graduate school. One thing I am sure of is that while listening carefully to teachers (and to the masters, etc.) is important, the real learning requires lots and lots of doing, not just listening.

Seth Godin on EducationIn this short interview, Seth Godin sums up the essence of the problem. Dr. Presentation tips for teachers (Never give a boring lecture again!) MorgueFile free photos for creatives by creatives. Creative Commons. Many Flickr users have chosen to offer their work under a Creative Commons license, and you can browse or search through content under each type of license.

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