23 Videos That Sparked Genius Hour Thinking, Collaboration, and Actions

A great collection of the inspiring, motivational and thought provoking. Thank you Hugh McDonald for putting this collection together.

Today is a Great Day for Learning

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In our classroom this year my colleague Gallit Zvi and I used many youtube videos to inspire resiliency, grit, and hope in our students prior to guiding them in formulating their inquiry questions about their passions and wonders during our weekly Genius Hour time.  Many of the videos were shared with me through wonderful connections I made with educator learners on Twitter, Facebook, and at various workshops.  I love my PLN!  However I am proud to say students and teachers in our room inspired each other too.  Some of our work is shared on this list too.

Enjoy the list and please share your own favourites!


Hugh McDonald

1.  Creativity Requires Time

2.  TMB Panyee FC Short Film

3.  Girls First Ski Jump

4.  15-Yr-Old Kelvin Doe Wows M.I.T.

5.  Obvious to you. Amazing to others…

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Leadership lessons from @Leadershipfreak




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Is the White Poppy Offensive?

With Remembrance Day here, discussions about the meaning of the poppy as a symbol of remembrance have become more prevalent. In the past few years, there has been a controversial new campaign promoting the wearing of a white poppy. Veterans have condemned the campaign as offensive and inappropriate.

What are your thoughts? Is the campaign offensive?

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Posted by on November 8, 2013 in Uncategorized


Socials 9/10. Egypt since Morsi

Read the Egypt in Dire Straits Section

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Posted by on October 24, 2013 in Uncategorized


Socials 10

1. How did these 2 event studies relate to the video and other readings? (How might learning about these help you understand the video better? What did it add to your understanding from the readings?…)

2. In what ways did immigration influence / transform the colonies? Socially, Culturally, Economically, Politically, other?

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Posted by on October 23, 2013 in Uncategorized


Socials 10

Having completed the assignment on immigrant experience and having compared sources, complete the following:

  1. A.  Did you find that the learning achieved from the two sources was more similar or more different? Explain with examples from both sources?



  1. B.  What were the biggest differences between the two texts? Be sure to use specific examples to explain.
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Posted by on October 10, 2013 in Uncategorized


Socials 9/10H

Egypt Under Morsi links:

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Posted by on October 9, 2013 in SS 9/10, Uncategorized