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In the same way libraries offer great selected print resources the school experience should expose students to beautiful, engaging, technically excellent video experiences. Here is a list of titles to fit to the curriculum meeting all those criteria. Use them in the classroom or refer these sources for home use.
For everyone at home and at school. Bully Dance (DVD or streaming)
The quintessential Pink day video: Bully Dance. Beautiful film without words with a strong message about bullying. Suitable for ages 5 to Adult, really.
For younger students: Bookflix (Database)
Online literacy resource that pairs classic video storybooks from Weston Woods with related nonfiction eBooks. An engaging way to link fact and fiction, BookFlix reinforces early reading skills and introduces children to a world of knowledge and exploration. Don’t miss classics like Click, Clack, Moo and Knuffle Bunny. (ask your TL for login info as needed, or your students!)
For Science (DVD or Streaming)
Check out the Bill Nye streaming content and junior space science titles licensed for VSB by visiting webcat for streaming video. Login with your VSB login for delivery of VSB streaming.
For Social Studies/Global Education (DVD or Streaming)
Tune in to the4Real School series via VSB streaming. Using thought-provoking, hands-on lessons, multimedia and music, 4REAL School fits for students in grades 6-12 making connections with issues such as poverty, human rights, and the environment.
The M Word (DVD)
Canada is the only country in the world that is constitutionally multicultural. Many Canadians think that this principle, after more than three decades, is well entrenched. Yet, at the first sign of disquiet, our Multiculturalism policy is called into question. Multiculturalism, a work in progress.
Hans Rosling titles (Youtube streaming)
Selected titles in webcat.vsb.bc.ca featuring charming speaker Hans Rosling Swedish professor of global health. Rosling’s work focuses on dispelling common myths about the so-called developing world and his gapminder.org has developed outstanding graphics to give a ton of information in a very short time. You have never seen stats like this before.
For English teachers
Take advantage of writers and poets online with these two sources. Poetry Everywhere is a PBS stream of poets presenting their works. If you lose this link this title is easy find keyword searchable in webcat.vsb.bc.ca and is currently on our recommended list of links. (also includes new animated poetry titles). This Canadian producer’s Youtube channel offers great content on the writing process through author interviews.
Does VSB have a whiteboard pro who can draw like this? Extreme-art transformations of lectures, RSAnimate offers great resources for student, parent and teacher, learning. As demonstrated on #39edtech here the Power of Time video from the routinely excellent stream.
For Aboriginal Education Plastic Warriors (DVD)
“Plastic Warriors” is an eye-opening and much-needed examination of common harmful First Nations stereotypes. An very demanding conversation opener this is one among a number of videos recently acquired to aid the classroom teacher meet VSB Core Values of excellent Aboriginal education standards.
Facing up to Cyberbullying (DVD or streaming)
Lesson plans and paired with VSB student video production for grades 5, 6 and 7. Many Vancouver schools have made good use of this title since it’s release in September 2010 and sales have extended to many other BC school districts.
Visit my VSB likes playlist on Youtube to preview. Let’s start crowdsourcing the picks that VSB teachers like; email me and we can set up a login to share.
Reminder: To answer the VSB media_shift survey go here. Thx. We want to index the best youtube finds from VSB teachers. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!