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Rene

National Association for Gifted Children

I use short video clips from fields outside of education. My purpose is to help shift my colleagues' mindset from the comfort of school and spark creativity. Getting out of our comfort zone and seeing how others outside of education also force themselves to think differently to create solutions has proven helpful for me in leading organizational change. At lease--building the urgency and momentum for change.


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3 Years Ago

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Christopher B Community Guide

Downers Grove North High School

That is great, Rene; I have done the same with the teachers in the department I lead. It really can have an impact on shifting thinking pathways.

3 Years Ago

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Lisa H Community Guide

Palmyra Area School District

What a great strategy, Rene! I find that I read so many great things that come from outside the field of education. The ideas out there are so relevant and applicable to what we do everyday. And I agree - a inspiration to be creative and think differently.

3 Years Ago

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Carly B

Boyd County High School

I find I use TED talks in this way. Sometimes they are geared toward education, sometimes not. The Power Pose talk-linked below- was awesome for my students who hate public speaking.

3 Years Ago

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Lisa H Community Guide

Palmyra Area School District

I teach Psychology and we have a unit on body language - this TED is a MUST! I love the power pose and so do my students! They do it everywhere after we watch! :)

3 Years Ago

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Val B Community Guide

Seminole County

Great idea! Where do you find many of these videos? Are they free and easy to find?

3 Years Ago

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Kip H Community Guide

Oldham County High School, ECET2; ECET2KY; Hope Street Group

Hi Rene, welcome to the RDC! I love this idea and want to try with my PLC. Do you all watch the video together and reflect during the meeting or do you follow more of a flipped model?

3 Years Ago

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Lisa H Community Guide

Palmyra Area School District

I'm with Val - we know TED is an excellent resource for these videos. Where else can we find videos to inspire and shift mindsets?

3 Years Ago

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Ashley LS

North Oldham High School

RSA Animate is another TED-like video resource. I actually like it better for the classroom sometimes because it is highly visual. One thing to note is that many TED talks and RSA videos come from nonfiction books about business, science, brain research, social sciences, etc. I read a ton of Malcolm Gladwell, Daniel Pink, Steven Levitt, and others, and so I notice that many of these texts become intriguing informative videos because they have such an impact on people in many different professions. My department chair started a really cool initiative that she lets each of us pick a book of our choice for PD during the summer, and we share with each other what we learned. Some people choose books in the education field, but others choose books on the social sciences. It's always a really interesting and authentic experience for us. I wonder if there is a way to take the ideas behind this project and put it into a technological format for teachers everywhere to participate...

3 Years Ago

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Masa U Community Guide

Gates Foundation

Ashley, thanks so much for sharing this resource! I often encounter these RSA animate videos in my FB feed , but I now have the original source - awesome! I would LOVE to see us tackle your idea in stage 2! What does the initiative-meets-tech format look like in your mind so that this authentic experience can reach more people? Let's geek out! Maybe you can invite your department chair into the conversation?

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Ashley LS

North Oldham High School

I've been reading a book called "The Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life" by Brian Grazer and Charles Fishman, and in it, Grazer includes conversations he's started with famous people in various fields out of simple curiosity. I've linked below an interview he did about the book. This book reminds me a lot of what I do as an educator: I get curious about things, investigate them through reading, Googling, or talking about them, and these little investigations and curiosities end up in my lessons and strategies for teaching. What I see in my mind as a platform for this kind of work, is a Pinterest-like website for educators, except with a virtual notebook and social media component. Teachers can collect ideas, or make notes of them, and with each "board" or "page", other people can comment, question, or discuss what they see or think about the ideas. These boards can be arranged according to topic for easy reference and searching capabilities. Have you ever seen those "Smash Books" you can buy at Target and other stores? Kind of like that, except virtual. Borrowing from Grazer, a platform for "curiosity conversations" between educators--"Curio-ed Convos". :-)

3 Years Ago

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Masa U Community Guide

Gates Foundation

Rene! So good to see you on here! I love the idea of using inspiration from outside of the field to drive change in our own. Reminds me of exaptation - the process from which good ideas emerge (I like the attached blog on the topic). Do you have a good video in mind that could help provide a model of REDESIGN efforts in other industries?

3 Years Ago

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Lisa H Community Guide

Palmyra Area School District

Hi Rene! I see you have an interest in TED and other inspirational video that spark creativity and innovation. Would you like to participate in a Google Hangout tomorrow at 7:30 EST to discuss TED and other videos that can inspire us as educators?

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