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Deeper Learning Videos and Podcasts

from WKCD| NOVEMBER 13, 2014



Imagine that you walk into an eighth-grade classroom. A small group of students is cheering. They’ve just discovered that the wind turbine they designed and built can produce almost six volts of electricity. One of the students tells you that she had to redesign the blades several times, but that she persevered. Why? She was inspired by a book she read in English class about a man in Malawi who built a wind turbine out of scrap metal to bring electricity to his village. Another student shows you a map she made in social studies class. She points to the areas where wind turbines could be built in her state. And she proudly presents her persuasive essay, which explains the value of wind turbines.

These students are engaged in deeper learning—which means they are using their knowledge and skills in a way that prepares them for real life. They are mastering core academic content, like reading, writing, math, and science, while learning how to think critically, collaborate, communicate effectively, direct their own learning, and believe in themselves (known as an “academic mindset”).- Hewlett Foundation

Student-centered learning. Social-emotional learning. Deeper learning. They are all woven from the same cloth. For several years, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation has sponsored the Deeper Learning Network (DLN), a set of school networks comprising over 500 schools in 41 states. In these schools students embrace academic mindsets and self-directed learning--establishing their own goals, adapting to new circumstances, accepting feedback, and persevering.

Here we share links to videso and podcasts that explore daily practice by schools within the Deeper Learning Network. The Hewlett Foundation website also includes a collection of videos in which principals, teachers, and students talk about how their teaching and learning has changed.

Teaching Channel's Deeper Learning Video Series

The 50 plus videos in this series showcase ten Deeper Learning networks that collectively serve more than 500 schools and 227,000 students.They illustrate innovative teaching models that emphasize real-world experience, academic mindsets, and collaborative project work.

Expeditionary Learning Videos

The Expeditionary Learning (EL) network, with 165 schools, has championed project-based, deeper learning for more than two decades. These videos share EL's strategies for student-engaged assessment (e.g., checking for understanding, using data with students, student-led conferences, passage presentations with portfolios) and deeper instruction (e.g., literacy, inspiring excellence, differentiation, math).


Big Picture Podcasts

The Big Picture Learning (BPL) network currently includes 70 small schools that combine personalized learning with real world experience. In these podcasts, BPL staff and students talk about the power of relevance, rigor, tacit knowledge, school culture, leadership, and BPL’s cornerstone belief—that learning happens best when students pursue their passions.

See also Big Picture's YouTube channel