Empathy

Often forgotten, but a vital topic for our students. Larry Ferlazzo has curated powerful videos that help with “walking in someone else’s shoes. For example, recently experimented with schizophrenia to see how he function with voices constantly speaking to him.
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Also see the excellent PBS program, Misunderstood Minds where you can experience different learning challenges.

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Art and critical thinking

How art can help you analyze

TED ED LESSON

Can art save lives? Not exactly, but our most prized professionals (doctors, nurses, police officers) can learn real world skills through art analysis. Studying art like René Magritte’s Time Transfixed can enhance communication and analytical skills, with an emphasis on both the seen and unseen. Amy E. Herman explains why art historical training can prepare you for real world investigation.

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How Picasso Helps to Solve a Murder Case

Want to see an academic exercise in dissecting a painting? Watch this TED-Ed Lesson: The scene of the three wise men offering gifts to a newborn Jesus was widely painted during the Renaissance era, so how did painter Sandro Botticelli create a version that’s still well known today? James Earle describes who and what set Botticelli’s Adoration of the Magi apart in the annals of art history.

TOOGLES – CHROME EXTENSION

Redirect YouTube URLs to Toogl.es for fun and profit
Toogles (http://toogl.es) is a super fast minimal alternative interface for YouTube. It's refreshingly different than the bulk of YouTube.com.

This extension just redirects you to the Toogles version of any YouTube video that you open (it ignores all other YouTube pages such as playlists and users). That's it. 
No hidden features or sketchy permissions or anything like that.

If you really want to view a video on YouTube you can click the video's title on Toogles to force it that once 
(or just add &toogles=0 to the end of the YouTube video URL).

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LEARNING TO READ

Read this great analysis of the Youtube video about reading – a liquor commercial about reading (and drinking).
From Joe Bower’s blog: http://www.joebower.org/2014/02/heres-what-learning-how-to-read-looks.html

 

Free voluntary reading. We learn to read by reading. Self-selected reading for pleasure (0:53) is a major factor in literacy development. No book reports. No chapter quizzes. No vocabulary lists. The best teachers find their students interests and then they help their students find books that match those interests. Did you see the look on that old man’s face (0:18) when he looked up at his son’s poster in the book store’s window? That’s the look teachers look for. Where there is interest, achievement follows. The best teachers look for that look on their students’ faces and then artfully guide them to books that they might never have found on their own.
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