Video

Through the Education Lens

Above and Beyond

CJ Westerberg, July 28, 2011 9:11 AM

above_clouds_by_themj2.jpg

image: above clouds by themj2

"Written and illustrated by best-selling children's book author and illustrator Peter H. Reynolds, Above & Beyond tells the story of how the 4Cs --
communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity -
complement and strengthen traditional school instruction." 


Four Minute Video Below

What works for me in this video  - promoting the synergistic effect of collaboration by two students (among other things) - is how each student did independent work first, before coming together to collaborate.  Also, this narrative combined content with the production of actual work, instead of it just being about a few students working together in some "Survivor-like" task (think tug-of-war over a mud pit), which may be  fun for a field day - but not exactly what we want to see as an example of meaningful collaboration in  school.

"Above and Beyond" video runs under 4 minutes.  Let us know what you think.
                                                                                  -  CJW

Excerpts from the official press release:

Today, the Partnership for 21 Century Skills and FableVision released an original animated film that underscores the educational benefits of integrating high expectations, rigorous content and the crucial 21 Century Skills all children need to succeed in school and life. Written and illustrated by best-selling children's book author and illustrator Peter H. Reynolds, Above & Beyond tells the story of how the 4Cs -- communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity - complement
and strengthen traditional school instruction. 

 
"Storytelling is a powerful tool for teaching and learning," said Peter H. Reynolds, acclaimed children's book author and illustrator, and co-founder of FableVision.
"It's also a powerful tool for humanizing and clearly conveying complex messages and ideas."

 
"This animated story offers an important conversation-starter for audiences at education conferences, professional development days, parent and community meetings," added Julie Walker, executive director of the American Association of School Librarians and chair of P21. "Anyone can use this film to begin the important conversation about what learning in the 21st century must accomplish."
 
The new film tells the story of two school children who realize and demonstrate that they can go above and beyond even their own expectations when they combine their skills, talents and different approaches to getting things done. The allegorical story reinforces the message that improving the odds for success of all students, schools today must thoughtfully and intentionally emphasize rigorous content the knowledge and skills required to meet the demands of higher education, career and life in a global society and world economy.
 

 
 

blog comments powered by Disqus

PREVIOUS Video

bug.Peter-Drucker.Jim-Collins.jpg

Ten To-Do's for Young People to Consider

12.16.2014 | #1 - Build a "Personal Board of Directors" Watch Now | Comments

brain.mouse.cage.homework.jpg

Mind Overload! from Technology & "Societal Exhaustion"

12.16.2014 | Mindfulness: "I've seen it transform classrooms . . . " Watch Now | Comments

nature.abstract.jpg

EcoTherapy: "You're gonna look at some trees" - Video :)

12.12.2014 | Truth in Humor ---- It's come to this, folks Watch Now | Comments

dog.bored.disengaged.Big-picture-learning.jpg

"It's Disengagement, Stupid"

12.11.2014 | The 10 Essential Rules for Engagement Watch Now | Comments

thorns.Koretz.jpg

21st Century Skills: A "thorny problem" in the classroom

12.08.2014 | . . . .most high schools' science "experiments" are really "demonstrations," because they are "rigged" for the right answer, thereby disqualifying them as true experiments where outcomes are unknown. Watch Now | Comments

Colbert2.jpg

Weekend Funnies: How to inspire kids to be "Not a scientist"

11.08.2014 | Man-Made Climate Change?The Colbert Report  - VideoThe "I'm not a scientist" riff starts at the 2:50 mark.  The entire video (under 5 minutes)  is well worth the watch: The Colbert ReportGet More: Colbert Report Full Episodes,The Colbert Report on Facebook,Video... Watch Now | Comments

Colbert2.jpg

Stephen Colbert's Sound Advice: How To Ace The SAT's

11.05.2014 | Tip #1: "Spend A Lot Of Money . . ." Watch Now | Comments

generationLostGlobe2.jpg

TEENS -- A LOST GENERATION?

11.04.2014 | Now almost 16 million views - "brilliant" video - under two minutes Watch Now | Comments

student.dunce-cap.jpg

Being Pegged, Late Bloomers and Effort

10.30.2014 | How 2012 Nobel Prize Winner Dissed by His High School Biology Teacher Watch Now | Comments

Stephen does Common Core Math

06.30.2014 | Video in case you missed it - Math! Watch Now | Comments

There is No Education Without the Arts

06.29.2014 | "We're not talking about making sure that everybody has private music lessons," Watch Now | Comments

College Professors Read Their Student Reviews

06.29.2014 |  Quick Video Below Gotta love the college profs for sharing -... Watch Now | Comments

scoreboard.learning.jpg

Is Learning a Sport?

06.25.2014 | Maybe . . . Why Kids Care More About Achievement than Helping Others Watch Now | Comments

Ivory Tower: The Movie

06.11.2014 | A documentary about higher education that "questions its cost and value" . . . Watch Now | Comments

Author John Green: Teenagers Think the Big Questions in Life Matter

06.02.2014 | Why Do We Give Them Short-Shrift? The Teen Whisperer: How the author of "The Fault in Our Stars" built an ardent army of fans Watch Now | Comments

College Debt and Banks: It's called "Skim"

05.28.2014 | aka. No-brainer money for bankers; debt for students for brain-credentials Watch Now | Comments

Sparks of Genius. Thirteen Thinking Tools.jpg

How the Arts Prepare for a Life's Work in any Discipline

05.23.2014 | Including Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Watch Now | Comments

Want smart & different kind of brilliant? Check out John Oliver

05.13.2014 | Video - Humor His Climate Change segment with Bill Nye and "the deniers" is just that. Watch Now | Comments

How Chicago's BAM (Becoming a Man) program works

05.01.2014 | Teaching students to identify thought patterns that contribute to depression & anxiety so they can work to replace them with healthier patterns. . . Watch Now | Comments

Finland. Finnishflag.BobCompton.jpg

The Finland Phenomenon: Inside the World's Most Surprising School System

03.17.2014 | New update December 2, 2013 which includes Yong Zhao link and comments PLUS CNN videos Watch Now | Comments