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50 Amazing Videos Every Educator Should Watch

Between work at school, work you take home, and juggling family responsibilities, it may seem impossible to stay current on what is happening in the education field. Luckily, you can check out a few of these videos any time you have a few minutes in between all that you do so that you can learn about everything, from how learning can be nurtured to the role of community in education to the future of education–and a few other topics as well. Sit back and take a look at these videos that every educator should watch.

On Learning and Creativity

Take a look at these videos that all touch on the act of learning, how to enhance it, and how to nurture creativity.

  1. Sugata Mitra shows how kids teach themselves. Learn about Mitra’s project called "Hole in the Wall" that shows how children will learn on their own without any guidance or formal teaching. Mitra also speaks about the implications of his findings on learning and education.
  2. Woody Norris invents amazing things. Norris shares two of his inventions that can change the way we think about sound, then goes on to discuss his perspective on invention and education, which includes hands-on learning.
  3. Stuart Brown says play is more than fun. Using examples from the natural world, Brown shows how play is an integral part of life and how it can change behaviors. He also describes how play contributes to happy and healthy people.
  4. Tim Brown on creativity and play. Brown discusses the relationship between creative thinking and play and how this relationship can be nurtured, emphasizing his point with examples anyone can try.
  5. Jonathan Drori on what we think we know. Educators who would like to discover better ways to help students learn will want to watch this lecture by an expert on culture and educational media. Drori examines how ideas take root and how difficult it is to lose ideas once they are there–even if they are incorrect.
  6. Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity. Robinson is a creativity expert and shares his knowledge about nurturing creativity in the educational setting. This humorous lecture examines how the current educational system works to eliminate the natural curiosity children are born with.
  7. Ben Dunlap talks about a passionate life. Dunlap’s lecture focuses on passionate living and passionate learning as he discovered through those he has known in life.
  8. Michelle Obama’s plea for education. The first lady speaks to a girl’s school in the UK about the importance of strength, dignity, and compassion and applying these qualities to education. She also discusses empowerment that is gained through education.
  9. Bill Gates’ talk on mosquitoes, malaria and education. Bill Gates starts out this lecture discussing his project to eliminate malaria, then moves on to his ideas on how to make a teacher great.

Administration, Reform, and the Future of Education

Principals supporting teachers, changes in the classroom that can enhance learning, and mentoring new principals are just a few of the topics here.

  1. Principal Mentoring: The Push for New School Leaders. Facing a crisis with the potential loss of 40% of current principals over a projected 10-year period, a growing movement across the country began mentoring educators to become effective principals.
  2. Teacher Support: Sherman Oaks Community Charter School. The principal at this school supports teachers with access to continuing education, more planning time, and other important activities without all the stress typically involved when trying to juggle responsibilities.
  3. Bill Joy muses on what’s next. Looking to the future, this co-founder of Sun Microsystems examines possibilities society can take to ensure positive growth in the areas of health, education, and technology.
  4. RSA Lectures – Howard Gardner – Future Minds. Gardner lectures on nurturing mental capacities for a global world. Then his lecture is followed up by a group of teachers talking about implementing his ideas in their classrooms.
  5. RSA Lectures – Stephen Heppell – Learning 2016. Find out what Heppell think about the future of learning and what it may look like in 2016 in this 2006 lecture given to teachers in the UK.
  6. Fixing problems in K-12 education. Watch this video to see one way that New Schools is working to eliminate the financial inequality in schools between low- and high-income communities.
  7. Patrick Awuah on educating leaders. After leaving Microsoft, Awuah returned to his home in Ghana and helped establish a liberal arts college. He shares his experience in Africa and provides his thoughts on the importance of a liberal arts education to create true leaders.
  8. Neuroscience, Schools and the Future. Four scientists discuss how the typical school day can be changed for the better to enhance learning in students.

Community and Education

Community is a vital part of successful education. These videos focus on several aspects of community’s contribution to education.

  1. Parents as part of the K-12 learning community. Learn about how is working to educate and empower parents to become a more informed part of their child’s educational experience.
  2. Dave Eggers’ wish: Once Upon a School. Eggers talks about his tutoring center, 826 Valencia, and how it has helped so many children and inspired adults to become involved in education.
  3. Ann Cooper talks school lunches. Ann Cooper is passionate about serving local, sustainable, and organic food to students and shares her role doing just that as the head of nutrition at Berkeley schools. She discusses why the community should care about how we are feeding the children, how to change children’s relationship with food in a positive way, and other topics such as big business’ role, childhood obesity, and sustainability.
  4. Teacher Education in a Multicultural Society – Dr. Etta Hollins. Dr. Hollins discusses preparing teachers for working more effectively in a multicultural society in a lecture from the Rossier School of Education’s TEMS Program.
  5. Neil Turok makes his TED Prize wish. This physicist shares his wish to provide opportunities for the future of Africa through nurturing the creativity found in the young people there. Turok uses his math and science background to understand why and how Africa has been left behind, and how that can be rectified.
  6. Joseph Lekuton tells a parable for Kenya. This member of parliament in Kenya discusses the importance of education to children in Africa. He shares his vision for making his dream become a reality.

Specific Subjects

These videos focus on more specific issues that deal with teaching math as a social activity, work others have done in the field of science education, teaching storytelling, and much more.

  1. Teach Area and Perimeter Using Google Earth. A fourth grade teachers takes viewers through an engaging math lesson using Google Earth as a tool.
  2. Cooperative Arithmetic: How to Teach Math as a Social Activity. This master teacher shares how you can teach math as a social and emotional lesson.
  3. The Abacus-How to Use This Ancient Wonder. If you would like to offer your students a math and culture lesson together, watch this video to learn how to use both the Japanese and Chinese abacus for teaching math techniques in the today’s classroom.
  4. Teaching Storytelling in the Classroom. Educators discuss the storytelling experience as children tell stories themselves in this video that shows the value of teaching storytelling.
  5. for teachers: Videos (Teaching Evolution Case Studies). PBS provides four videos filmed in actual classrooms that demonstrate how these educators teach evolution.
  6. Paul Sereno digs up dinosaurs. This paleontologist tells about a teaching project designed to recruit students that might typically have poor performance in science and technology and how it helps them move on to college.
  7. Mae Jemison on teaching arts and sciences together. Jemison discusses the importance of teaching arts and sciences together in an effort to provide an education that balances intuition and logic. Jemison believes that educating students in this manner creates strong thinkers.
  8. David Hoffman shares his Sputnik mania. Take a look at this filmmaker’s documentary, Sputnik Mania, where Hoffman describes how the space and arms race lead to an inspirational movement in math and science education.

Special Education

From peer-to-peer learning to assistive technology, watch these videos to learn about topics relevant to special education.

  1. Edutopia AT Video. Watch this video to discover what type of assistive technology is available for students with special needs and see how this technology can transform the learning experience for these students.
  2. School Matters–Coping with Bereavement. When catastrophe strikes, teachers must frequently help students deal with the grieving process. Learn how schools can make a difference in helping students deal with bereavement.
  3. Peer-to-Peer Learning: Kids Helping Kids with Autism. Take a look at how typically-developing children interact with children with autism in this program that helps teach social skills to children on the spectrum.
  4. Whole Schooling Video Project. This site offers video clips on a wide range of special education topics, including inclusion, assistive technology, and teaching community.
  5. Temple Grandin – Focus on Autism and Asperger’s. Temple Grandin, famous for giving her first-hand insight on the way the autistic brain works, talks about autism spectrum disorders in the classroom in this video.

Arts and Physical Education

The arts and physical education are an integral part of a child’s education, but often overlooked when it comes to funding. See what these videos have to say about the role these subjects play in education.

  1. Funding for arts and sports. Kim Smith discusses the need for funding all children in arts, sports, and other important extracurricular activities in schools.
  2. Art Works: Integrating Creativity in the Curriculum. This art academy has discovered how to nurture students’ passion for the arts while also teaching the basics.
  3. A Conversation with Martin Scorsese: The Importance of Visual Literacy. Martin Scorsese discusses the importance of teaching and learning visual literacy so that students do not blindly follow what is presented to them.
  4. Learning and Working in the Collaborative Age: A New Model for the Workplace. New media is a hot topic, and Pixar University’s Randy Nelson discusses what he believes schools must do to prepare students for careers in this field.
  5. Smart Moves: The New PE. This video provides great activities that are designed to strengthen both the body and the mind.
  6. Student Body: Classroom Exercises Make Learning Lively. Often getting students moving can boost their ability to focus. Find out about four techniques that you can use in the classroom to get your students focused and energized.
  7. Yoga Across the Curriculum. This teacher introduced yoga into the classroom with amazing results beyond physical fitness.
  8. Jose Abreu on kids transformed by music. Abreu founded a Venezuelan youth orchestra, El Sistema, and shares his goal of spreading music throughout Venezuela and the world as a tool for social change and empowerment.
  9. Gustavo Dudamel leads El Sistema’s top youth orchestra. Now watch the students that are in the top youth orchestra in El Sistema perform Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 10, 2nd movement and Arturo Marquez’s Danzon No. 2.
  10. Bill Strickland makes change with a slide show. Strickland grew up in a tough neighborhood, but found his successful future through ceramics. He has since watched the power of fine arts inspire at-risk children and advocates the arts as an important part of education.


Learn about technological advances that will likely play a role in the future of education when you watch these videos.

  1. Nicholas Negroponte on One Laptop per Child. The founder of the MIT Media Lab discusses his program called "One Laptop Per Child, " which aspires to build $100 pedal-powered laptops and distribute them to children in developing countries around the world in an effort to promote education.
  2. David Merrill demos Siftables. Siftables are tiny computers that interact in amazing ways and offer interesting new approaches to teaching art, math, science, language arts, and more.
  3. Richard Baraniuk on open-source learning. Baraniuk is the founder of Connexions, an open-source education system, and discusses the benefits of open source for educators.
  4. Alan Kay shares a powerful idea about ideas. Kay talks about techniques for educating children by relying on computers to illustrate experiences and complex ideas.