Videos, Podcasts, Media

Creating and connecting digital resources to our teachers may become part of our mission. Let's collect as many links here as we can, along with annotations.

TED Videos

  • Howard Rheingold on Collaboration Howard Rheingold talks about the origins of language, agriculture, science, empires, writing, and civilization itself, as having their roots in collaboration.
  • Sir Ken Robinson: Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining (and profoundly moving) case for creating an education system that nurtures creativity, rather than undermining it.

Videos about Teaching and Students

  • A Vision of Students today, by Michael Wesch, who also did Web 2.0: The Machine is Us/ing Us, is a digital survey of over 200 students in his Introduction to Cultural Anthropology class at Kansas State University.
  • Pay Attention: This presentation, simply entitled Pay Attention, was created by Darren Draper in an effort to motivate teachers to more effectively use technology in their teaching. Since most of today's students can appropriately be labeled as "Digital Learners", why do so many teachers refuse to enter the digital age with their teaching practices?
  • Shift Happens: Originally started out as a PowerPoint presentation for a faculty meeting (August 2006) to prompt a discussion about 21st century skills needed for students at Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colorado, United States. The presentation "went viral" on the Web and, as of June 2007, had been seen by at least 5 million online viewers. Today the old and new versions of the online presentation have been seen by at least 10 million people, not including the countless others who saw it at conferences, workshops, training institutes, and other venues. Click on for more info.
  • This is an updated video of Shift Happens.
  • Pat Bassett, President of NAIS: This PowerPoint presentation examines the change-resistant culture of schools, recommends strategies for effecting change, and presents examples of design issues in curriculum, program, schedule, and governance for creating 21st Century schools.
  • Web 2.0: The Machine is Us/ing Us. An anthropologist uses the latest digital tools to explain digital media culture to the rest of us. Interestingly enough, my students are bored by this, while other teachers are fascinated.

Videos about Technology

  • Nokia concept videoNanotechnology is ultra-miniaturized technology, morphable and multi-purposed. This video, from Nokia and the Cambridge Nanotechnology Centre, shows what two leaders in the field believe will be possible in the next decade — and which they are committing to building in part because they believe it will be profitable. How does our teaching style help our kids function in this kind of future?
  • SketchUp for autism-spectrum kidsSketchUp (available for free from is a rough 3-d modeling computer program. It turns out that it's useful for kids on the autism spectrum, and most anyone can learn to use it in a few hours. I did. (Andrew Watt)

Videos about Education and Politics

  • - The Story of Stuff, with Annie Leonard. This is a 20-minute video presentation on the product cycle, and why it's problematic when living on a planet with finite limits.
  • ED in '08 - A Political Ad urging that Education Reform be on the docket for the 2008 election.


In this podcast, T.H.E. Journal's Matt Villano discusses the issues involved in the teaching of 21st-century skills, the use of technology to facilitate learning, and the implications for how the teaching of 21st century skills will impact students' performance when they enter the workforce.

He's joined by Andrea Brands, director of public affairs at AT&T, and Allyson Knox, academic program manager for U.S. Partners in Learning at Microsoft Corp.



  • Wikinomics Link — I'm currently reading this book about how democratizing communications technologies are changing the way that businesses do business, and about the power of open source solutions to solve all sorts of problems, from operating systems for computers to the building of a Boeing 787 Dreamliner. As the CEO of Boeing once said, "an airplane is really just an assemblage of parts flying in very close formation." It could just as easily be applied to schools... the faculty changes slowly but surely, the students change rapidly, and the culture of the school — toward progress or toward tradition — lurches forward and backward in response to these changes.

With visionary flare, Pink argues that business and everyday life will soon be dominated by right-brain thinkers. He identifies the roots and implications of transitioning from a society dominated by left-brain thinkers into something entirely different—although at times, he seems to be exhorting rather than observing the trend.