12 Education & Empowering Videos You Must See

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Ready to watch a video that will make you smile, reflect, laugh or sit back and say wow?

Here are a few videos about education or just worth watching to be inspired again.

They moved me to share them in the past and they’re no less impactful having seen them again in preparing to place them below.

Serious, funny, and insightful. There’s a mix of all below. Enjoy.

Sir Ken Robinson: Do Schools Kill Creativity?

From TED: Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.

One of the most viewed TED Talks which has now been viewed over 38 million times. Hard to ignore that kind of viewership.

Can We Auto Correct Humanity?

From the video tagline: You need not delete your social networks or destroy your cell phones, the message is simple, be balanced, be mindful, be present, be here.

Here’s a take on cutting off the phone that we keep looking at. A good option to show to your class or others who can’t seem to put down their phone.

The Best Kindergarten You’ve Ever Seen

From TED: At this school in Tokyo, five-year-olds cause traffic jams and windows are for Santa to climb into. Meet: the world’s cutest kindergarten, designed by architect Takaharu Tezuka. In this charming talk, he walks us through a design process that really lets kids be kids.

Watch this and imagine going to or teaching at this school in Tokyo. If only architects and district planners got together and said: let’s build something unlike anything else.

A Radical New Teaching Method

Here’s a video that emphasizes the importance of kindness. Watch and if you’re a teacher – you’ll wish you were this good. As a parent – I wish my child was blessed enough to have this teacher in their lives.

Coach shows players the true meaning of respect…

Virginia Tech men’s basketball coach Buzz Williams apparently did not like the way his team behaved while the National Anthem played prior to Hokie basketball games so this is what he did to teach his team the meaning of respect.

Randy Paush: The Last Lecture

In 2007, Carnegie Mellon professor Randy Pausch, who was dying of pancreatic cancer, delivered a one-of-a-kind last lecture that made the world stop and pay attention. This moving talk will teach you how to really achieve your childhood dreams. Unmissable.

Logan Laplante: Hackschooling Makes Me Happy.

From TED: when 13 year-old Logan LaPlante grows up, he wants to be happy and healthy. He discusses how hacking his education is helping him achieve this goal.I saw this and I thought to myself.

Wow, this is so different that when I saw it the first time that I went back and listened to it again. “What do you want to be when you grow up?” he asks. “To be happy.” In this TED Talk Logan outlines what education should contain – that current schools focus on making a living instead of making a life. I’ve listened to this again and motivated yet again.

Admiral McRaven Addresses University of Texas at Austin Class of 2014

The Head of the Navy SEALS explains why making your bed every day is the most important life lesson. The Admiral continues noting other lessons from SEAL training that will make you both laugh at times and listen with awe at what these soldiers endure by choice.

The kids clean their own classrooms… and have fun doing it

A short video of Japanese students cleaning up their school. A great one to share with your students when they don’t want to pick up after themselves at the lunch table or their classroom desk.

Kid President’s Pep Talk to Students and Teachers

Required viewing the first week of school. If you haven’t seen this little guy yet… prepare to laugh. Your students will appreciate your desire to start the year on the right foot.

Alan Watts: The Dream of Life

Take some time and sit back. Listen to Alan Watts lead you through some thought provoking thinking about why we’re on this Earth. Contemplative.

Key and Peele – Teaching Center

Here’s one to make you laugh, or is it cry? Boyd Maxwell and Perry Schmidt report on the latest developments in the exciting world of pro teaching.

I would love to see your favorite video links in the comments section and perhaps sharing them with my own students.

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