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Be the Bees: Science Learning Through Movement 
From Digital Promise

In this video, Kylie Peppler discusses the importance of embodiment, or learning through movement, in science learning. She shares an example from her BioSim project of elementary students learning about the complex systems of honeybees by role-playing with electronic puppets.

Dr. Joyce Epstein on Schools and Families 
From Connecticut Commission on Children

Dr. Joyce L. Epstein, director of the National Network of Partnership Schools at Johns Hopkins University, spoke at a conference in Cromwell, Connecticut in May 2012 and graciously sat down for an interview with Dawn Homer-Bouthiette, director of parent engagement and family policy for the Connecticut Commission on Children.

Embracing Learner Variability in Schools 
From Digital Promise

David Rose, Co-Founder and CEO of CAST, an organization that works to expand learning opportunities for all individuals through Universal Design for Learning, discusses the importance of providing learning supports and structures that are tailored to students’ individual needs and abilities. He shares his vision for “de-standardizing” education to help students discover their strengths and become expert learners.

Encouraging Student Reflection to Support Deeper Learning 
From Digital Promise

In this video, Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, Associate Professor of Education and Neuroscience at the University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education, discusses the importance of building in class time for students to reflect. She explains how reflection can help students connect what they are learning in the classroom with their future goals and the world around them.

How Childhood Trauma Affects Health Across a Lifetime 
From TED

Childhood trauma isn’t something you just get over as you grow up. Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris explains that the repeated stress of abuse, neglect and parents struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues has real, tangible effects on the development of the brain. This unfolds across a lifetime, to the point where those who’ve experienced high levels of trauma are at triple the risk for heart disease and lung cancer. An impassioned plea for pediatric medicine to confront the prevention and treatment of trauma, head-on.

How Children Learn Language 
From Steven Pinker

In this selection from his Floating University lecture, Professor Steven Pinker deduces the nature of language acquisition by examining the generative use of grammar in children.

How Students with Learning Differences Leverage Tech to Self-Advocate 
From Digital Promise

Lisa Dieker, Professor and Lockheed Martin Eminent Scholar Chair at University of Central Florida, shares her experiences as a researcher who collaborates with students with disabilities from kindergarten through graduate school. Students who can self-advocate are able to lead their own learning and ensure they have the supports they need to be successful. Research shows that empowering students through technology can change student outcomes throughout their education and career.

How to Recognize and Address Gaming the System 
From Digital Promise

In this video, Ryan Baker describes gaming the system: students’ attempts to get through material in an online or blended learning system without learning. Dr. Baker explains why gaming the system is even worse for learning outcomes than off-task behavior. He shares interventions that ed-tech developers can use to address off-task behavior such as alerting teachers to gaming, requiring students who game to do more work, and incorporating metacognitive messages to help students understand why gaming is harmful to their learning.

Improving Math Learning with Technology 
From Digital Promise

Jeremy Roschelle and Kara Carpenter discuss how technology based on learning science research can support students in learning mathematical concepts. They share several ways technology can support math learning, including the value of multiple representations and personalized feedback to diagnose and remedy mistakes in real time.

Introducing Early Learners to Technology with Social Demonstration 
From Digital Promise

In this video Rachel Barr and Laura Zimmermann discuss the importance of social scaffolding, or social demonstration and thoughtful guidance from adults, for introducing early learners to new technology and media. Even for “digital natives,” the social aspect of education is important for learning how to use new tech devices and apps. Key social scaffolding strategies include hands-on demonstration, verbal narration and repetition.

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