ED 407 Week Eight (Fall 2022)

Hi Everyone,

This week I have included a few more documentaries on topic areas that we haven’t touched on in any depth (except, of course, the Career Moves section).

Part 1 consists of a number of video documentaries that speak to differentiation. All educationally-related fields take differentiation into consideration. You will have a number of documentaries to choose from here if you are interested in learning more about differentiation. You will probably have to be selective because there is more here than you would be expected to watch.

In Part 2 I include the topic of film making. Film making is a pedagogical method that can be very valuable as one pursues knowledge and understanding.

In Part 3 we delve into the world of virtual reality. While virtual reality has been around for many years, it is slow to make its way into schools. But if you have an entrepreneurial spirit, you might want to develop something in this area.

Part 4 is the final videos of our Career Moves sequence.

Once again, you will have to pick and choose to accommodate the time you have available. I hope you find some documentaries here that broaden your thinking and understanding.

Here is a link to your Response Form.


Part 1 Differentiation

Once again, pick and choose what you think will be interesting. I have included more documentaries that what you will have time to view and respond to.


Inspiring Differentiation: Pre-kindergarten and Elementary School Full Video (53:35)

This program explores five key characteristics of differentiated classrooms, looking at an environment that supports learning and highlighting the attitudes and practices of teachers who create engaging, challenging, and joyful learning environments. It discusses the importance of a high quality curriculum that focuses on understanding, p…

The Differentiated Classroom: Responding to the Needs of Elementary Learners Full Video (48:30)


Based on the work of Carol Ann Tomlinson, this program teaches practical, real-world examples from experienced K–5 school teachers of how to divide time, resources, and efforts to effectively instruct students of various backgrounds, readiness and skill levels, and interests.

Inspiring Differentiation: Secondary School (FULL VIDEO)

Every teacher knows that students come to school with different background experiences, different interests, different personalities, and different levels of readiness for learning essential content. No two students are the same. Differentiated instruction helps teachers leverage student differences so that they become pathways to academic success, rather than impediments to learning. This program presents an in-depth look at five innovative instructional strategies for effective differentiation at the secondary school.


The Differentiated Classroom: Responding to the Needs of Secondary Learners Full Video (53:33)


Based on the work of Carol Ann Tomlinson, this program teaches practical, real-world examples from experienced secondary school teachers of how to divide time, resources, and efforts to effectively instruct students of various backgrounds, readiness and skill levels, and interests.


A Visit to a School Moving Toward Differentiation Full Video


This program is a video field trip that highlights what it is like to get a schoolwide commitment to differentiation and guide a school’s entire staff in significantly changing daily practice. Scenes from an elementary school show how to build a professional learning community committed to a philosophy of excellence and equity. Interviews with teachers explain how school leaders can find out what teachers need, help them to think differently about the curriculum, and engage them in professional development that helps them advance student achievement.


Part 2 Photography

For those of you who have developed in interest in photography,

From the Films by Kids Series

This next documentary might be particularly interesting if you are considering how to incorporate film into your work.

 Poet Against Prejudice Full Video (26:47)


Moving to a new country was challenging for Faiza Almontaser, a 17-year-old from New York City, who immigrated with her family to the US from Yemen when she was in middle school. Mentored by the legendary pioneer of direct cinema, Albert Maysles, Faiza’s film documents her courageous and inspiring journey from victim to activist.



Home Is Where You Find It Full Video (26:47)


Mentored by filmmakers Neal Baer and Chris Zalla, Alcides, a 16-year-old orphan living in Mozambique, conveys his inspiring story about finding family and how he and his young friends face hardship with dignity and resilience.


Displaced But Not Defeated Full Video (26:47)



For decades, Civil War in Colombia has displaced thousands of people like 16-year-old María Ceballos, who fled her home when guerrillas killed her father. Moving from gang-infested settlements to over-crowded rooms, María’s family finds comfort among fellow displaced families. Through her lens and mentored by filmmaker Susan Hoenig, María puts a human face on displacement.

You will also see a link, just below the description on the Films On Demand page that will give you extra resources for using these documentaries with a classroom. If you are considering creating workshops, this information might be a help in how you could incorporate these sorts of ideas into your workshop.


Fire In Our Hearts Full Video (26:48) 


Like most girls from rural India, 16-year-old Jayshree Janu Kharpade never expected to get an education. Film mentor, Joyce Chopra, a pioneer of documentary film, helped Jayshree share her journey from illiterate laborer, to scholar and young activist – in this powerful story that illuminates the social and economic potential of educating girls in the developing world.


My Country is Tibet Full Video (26:48)



India is home to tens of thousands of Tibetan refugees, but only 17-year-old Namgyal Wangchuk Trichen Lhagyari was crowned King of Tibet by the Dalai Lama. Mentored by filmmaker Dirk Simon, Namgyal shows how he and other young exiles preserve their traditional culture while hoping to return to an independent Tibet.




Part 3 Virtual Reality

Once again, pick and choose what you think will be interesting. I have included far too many documentaries that what you will have time for.


10 Things to Know About (Series 2): Virtual Reality Full Video

From entertainment to tourism to sex, 2016 is the year virtual reality has finally broken into the mainstream. But could it also be the future of healthcare and even used to validate or question historical testimony? Jonathan, Aoibhinn and Kathriona put on their headsets and journey into the virtual world… Jonathan experiences the world’s first VR rollercoaster in Alton Towers and meets technology journalist Adrian Weckler and tries out some of the latest Irish VR technology and apps. Ever wondered what it’s like to work in emergency trauma? RCSI’s Donncha Ryan has developed “VR Hospital” – the world’s first virtual reality experience that places their students in an emergency room where they take control and make life or death choices for their patient. The stressful, immersive environment simulates conditions experienced by young doctors and Kathriona tries out the technology which will be used by students as part of their basic training. Does she have what it takes? And Aoibhinn travels back to 1916’s Battle of Mount Street Bridge where, despite of being outnumbered 100 to 1 by a force with better weaponry and more training, 17 Irish volunteers managed to hold back 1750 British soldiers for a full day. She meets Alan Kearney from the Defense Forces and Prof Susan Schreibman from Maynooth University who are mapping streets, assessing troop patterns, and experimenting with bullet trajectories to recreate the battle in a virtual world to determine whether the contested facts can stand-up to scientific scrutiny…

Meanwhile, in Weird Science, Fergus reveals that spending lots of time playing computer games might not be such a bad thing after all… ”



3-D Wall of Virtual Reality Full Video (04:02)

VR has come a long way in the past decade and developers are constantly working on new ways to enhance VR user experiences. Gone are heavy headsets and chunky sluggish graphics – now, step inside a fully immersive VR chamber that has about 100 times the resolution of traditional virtual reality.


Stentrode and Fantastic Journey—Catalyst Full Video (28:16)

The Stentrode is a radically new approach in the field of “brain-machine interfaces” – technology that delivers mind-control over computers, robotic limbs or exoskeletons and gives people with paralysis the chance for more independence, using the power of thought. We’ve sent astronauts into outer space but travelling to the inner space of the human body still remains the stuff of science fiction –or does it? In a unique collaboration between art and science, a series of immersive 3D experiences is helping patients to better understand what happens in the brain during a stroke. Based on high resolution scientific data, the project also involves some of Australia’s leading drug delivery researchers, who can now virtually travel inside a cancer cell, opening the door to future discoveries that may treat disease.



Virtual reality allows seniors to expand their world


Elderly man tries VR , what happens next is truly amazing

Meet the Avatars Full Video (57:29)

Imagine you could make a copy of a loved one. A digital clone with a life of its own — their avatar. That’s the dream of biomechanical engineer Dr. Jordan Nguyen, and he says we have the technology to do it right now in the form of virtual reality. VR might be thought of as a way to play games, but as Nguyen discovers, it’s so much more. VR is being used to face phobias, to combat trauma, and—in the case of one Newcastle man—to help reverse the effects of a catastrophic spinal injury.


Climbing Everest VR Full Video (11:16)

From Base Camp to the summit, Climbing Everest is an unparalleled experience of one of the world’s toughest challenges. Braving snow storms, frostbite and altitude sickness, Noel and his team set out on a stunning but heart-stopping climb in an unforgettable Virtual Reality ascent.




More Than Human Full Video (44:12)

Chances are you either know, or you are, a cyborg: a person who is aided or enhanced by embedded technology, such as artificial limbs or pacemakers. But advances in science are taking us beyond replacement parts and into a new realm. They are expanding the range of our senses and changing the nature of the human body and mind. Breakthrough fusions of biology and technology are making us stronger, faster and smarter. But as the natural and the man-made worlds merge, will we become more than human? Or something other than human? A National Geographic Production.


The Joy of AI Full Video (59:15)

Professor Jim al-Khalili takes a sharp-witted and optimistic look at machines that can simulate, augment, and even outperform the human mind – and why we should not let this spook us. He tells the story of the pursuit of AI, the emergence of machine learning, and the recent breakthroughs brought about by artificial neural networks. See how spam filters use AI to weed out v!agr@ as well as Viagra from your inbox; meet a cutting-edge chatbot; see why a few altered pixels makes a computer think it is looking at a trombone rather than a dog; and talk to Demis Hassabis, the AI wizard who heads DeepMind.


Deluged By Data: The Infobesity Epidemic Full Video (48:11)

We live in an era when we are obsessed and bombarded by data—whether we love it or loathe it. The average person now takes more photos in a month than the whole planet did 50 years ago. Visit a rock concert and there are more camera flashes than lighting effects, more cell phones clicks than musical notes. Endless new fitness, health, and biofeedback apps are overwhelming us with vast amounts of raw personal information. Some experts think we all suffer from data overload and “infobesity “—and need a “data diet.” We’ll meet the data lovers and skeptics and wired, tired people who go ZERO TECH to escape being deluged by data.


Digital Side Effects: When Computers Think for Us Full Video (44:29)

Featuring psychologists, scientists, and professors from all over the globe, this documentary synthesizes theories, psychiatric evaluations, and quantitative evidence from studies on the brain that indicate a serious global epidemic of digital addiction. The ubiquitous nature of the Internet in developed countries as well as the surge of smartphone use over the last few years has had a significant effect on the brain, often becoming a full-blown addiction. This addiction is directly correlated to dementia-like symptoms and a balance is needed to ensure healthy brain functioning into old age. Learn about the risks of this new digital age as well as strategies to remedy the negative effects that are already visible.

Part 4 Career Moves


Interviewing Strategies Full Video (28:53)


Three essential steps in interview preparation are spotlighted in this video: knowing one’s self, knowing the position, and knowing the company. The STAR, or Situation-Task-Action-Result, framework is featured. (29 minutes)



Interview Follow-up Full Video (28:49)



This video presents specific steps to go through after an interview, with a focus on maintaining a network and keeping up the momentum of the job search. How to turn a rejection into a positive experience is also discussed. (29 minutes)


Career Advantage: Series Conclusion Full Video (27:43)


The final episode of the Career Advantage series reviews several methods for remaining focused and positive while searching for work opportunities. It demonstrates ongoing self-assessments for building and managing a successful career, and emphasizes the development of one-year, ten-year, and lifetime goals. (27 minutes)