Key & Peele’s TeachingCenter (A Parody of SportsCenter)

 

TeachingCenter

The comedy duo provide a “spot-on parody of SportsCenter’s hyperbole-laden talking heads, busy CGI ticker screens, and obsessive play-by-plays, the clip cleverly reimagines athletes as the educators we entrust our children to every day” (Source).

He Wanted to Win State for His Dying Father

…But What His Opponent Did After Losing Won the Day for Everyone

Inspirational Video: Father and Son Boston Marathon Team

Hoyts Receive ESPYHere is another inspirational moment from the 2013 ESPYS. The Jimmy V. Perseverance Award was given to Bostonians Dick Hoyt and his disabled son Rick who compete in marathons and triathlons.

It’s also a must-see video. Trust me. You’ll be glad you watched it.

Inspirational Video: Robin Roberts’ Journey

Robin Roberts Receives Arthur Ashe Award at ESPYSThe ESPY Awards were last night. There were several inspirational moments. The first was the presentation of the Arthur Ashe Courage Award to Robin Roberts. The video below takes a look at the courage she has demonstrated as a pioneer in sports broadcasting and by overcoming some of life’s toughest obstacles.

It’s a must-see video. Trust me. You’ll be glad you watched it.

ESPN Video: Google Glass in the NFL

Google Glass in the NFL

Katie Linendoll visits the St. Louis Rams to see how Google Glass could change the NFL in the future.

Screenshot Source: Google Glass in the NFL

Paper Airplane World Record

Former Cal quarterback Joe Ayoob sets world distance record for throwing a paper airplane. I saw this during SportsCenter and I instantly started thinking about all the learning and fun that could be generated with this video clip. The STEM teacher in me just loves this sort of thing.

 

Educational Connections

Use friendly competition as a motivational strategy and challenge teams of learners to design the paper airplane that will travel the greatest distance. We are seeing greater emphasis placed on design and engineering in STEM areas on a number of fronts (Common Core Standards, recent grant RFPs, etc.). This would be a way to provide students with practical experience with design, project management, and more.

Consider cranking the discovery learning up a notch by providing non-traditional materials available, too. Will an airplane made of an entire sheet of newspaper travel a greater distance? Does the addition of paperclips to a plane’s design impact results?

Think way outside the box and challenge teams to work together using only non-verbal communication. This can really spice things up and promote creativity and higher-order thinking. My students always enjoy this and usually astound me with their creative communication strategies.

Let’s not overlook some of the more traditional connections. This can be an organic way to provide students with practice with measurement using both standard and non-standards units. This could be coupled with data collection, data anlaysis and the presentation of results through graphs and tables.

Those are just a few connections. Please share your ideas in the comments.

We Can Learn So Much from Kids

I saw this on the season finale of E60. It’s one of the most meaningful videos I’ve seen in a long time.