25 Best Sites for Free Educational Videos RefSeek's guide to the 25 best online resources for finding free educational videos. With the exception of BrainPOP and Cosmeo, all listed sites offer their extensive video libraries for free and without registration. Academic Earth Thousands of video lectures from the world's top scholars. academicearth.org Big Think Video interviews with 600+ thought leaders in a range of fields. bigthink.com Brightstorm Short-form online video lessons by professional educators. brightstorm.com CosmoLearning Aggregator of free, online video lessons and documentaries. cosmolearning.com Coursera Lectures taught by world-class professors and reinforced through interactive exercises. coursera.org EdX Courses designed specifically for interactive study via the web. edx.org Futures Channel High quality multimedia content ideal for use in the classroom. thefutureschannel.com Howcast Professional and user-generated how-to videos. www.howcast.com Internet Archive archive.org iTunes U Apple iTunes - Apple iTunes Software Khan Academy Hulu
Paragraphs & Essays Practice various strategies for developing well-organized paragraphs and essays that keep readers interested and informed. Develop Effective Paragraphs How to find a topic, discover supporting details, and arrange sentences clearly and logically. Develop Effective Essays How to organize paragraphs into various kinds of essays: those that explain, compare, analyze, classify, and argue. Our goal is to create informative and persuasive compositions that keep our readers interested. Readings & Resources for Writers One of the most effective ways to improve our own writing is to spend time reading the best writing of others. Writing Advice Professional writers have much to tell us about the writing process, from overcoming writer's block to revising and editing.
An Early Semester Lesson Plan for a College Composition Class. 1. Deliver a brief lecture on the essay to have been read for today; namely, on any bits of sloppy prose or grammatical awkwardness (or misuses) or anything else for the students to avoid in their own writing. Question the author’s use of certain words in specific instances. Bring up more appropriate synonyms. 2. 3. 4. 5. What Should Rubrics Measure? Rubrics are tools that help teachers and students generate feedback about student evidence and student work. They offer an alternative to “point-based” or “number-based” grading, and they are often paired with authentic assessment. In my experience, most teachers usually create rubrics long after they have crafted a worthy performance task. However, I wish to pose an important question: Shouldn’t we know what evidence we seek BEFORE we even begin to think about performance tasks? If the goal of a performance based assessment is to provide teachers with evidence that a student has achieved understanding, then the rubric criteria should be identified FIRST. By crafting a rubric after the performance task, it is easy to fall into the “measurement trap.” Think about the last great book you read. Shouldn’t our students’ works’ ability to impact the intended audience sit at the core of every rubric? The next time you build a rubric, set the criteria before you even begin to design the task.
Life in a 21st-Century English Class Teaching Strategies Creating a Common Craft-style video is part of the classroom assignment. By Shelley Wright I teach in an inquiry, project-based, technology embedded classroom. A mouthful, I know. It means my classroom is a place where my students spend time piecing together what they have learned, critically evaluating its larger purpose, and reflecting on their own learning. Finally, technology is embedded into the structure of all we do. In my English classroom, this looks a lot different than in my biology and chemistry classrooms (which you can read about here). My curriculum states that I need to develop skills in 5 areas: reading, writing, viewing and representing, listening and speaking. Whenever we begin a new inquiry unit, research is always involved. After researching, we come back together to discuss what needs to happen next. This semester, we’ve chosen to create a social media campaign to raise awareness around modern slavery. Here’s one example: “Sure. Wow. Related
Four Principles of Interpersonal Communication These principles underlie the workings in real life of interpersonal communication. They are basic to communication. We can't ignore them Interpersonal communication is inescapable We can't not communicate. Interpersonal communication is irreversible You can't really take back something once it has been said. Interpersonal communication is complicated No form of communication is simple. We don't actually swap ideas, we swap symbols that stand for ideas. Osmo Wiio gives us some communication maxims similar to Murphy's law (Osmo Wiio, Wiio's Laws--and Some Others (Espoo, Finland: Welin-Goos, 1978): If communication can fail, it will. Interpersonal communication is contextual In other words, communication does not happen in isolation. Check Donn's other professional activities. Copyright © 2000 by Donnell King.
Virtual Faculty Lounge A Teaching and Learning Resource Center NCA members have a wealth of expertise regarding teaching and curriculum development. For nearly 100 years, they not only have honored the importance of classroom work, but also have been leaders in teaching innovations. NCA’s Virtual Faculty Lounge seeks to draw on that experience by providing a virtual space where communication teacher-scholars can develop their aspirations, goals, methods, and ideas for their work in the classroom and receive inspiration from colleagues. Assessment ResourcesAssessing academic programs and student learning outcomes in communication is a challenge. Assign This A collection of classroom tested exercises ready to incorporate into your course Course Teaching Tips An interview series with resources for teaching typical communication courses Education Links An annotated list of helpful education-oriented websites In the Classroom An essay series focusing on important course-planning topics
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