Friday FaithPost – “40 A Video of Jesus in the Wilderness”

As I mentioned in the first Friday FaithPost a couple of weeks ago, during Lent I’ll be offering more somber and thought-provoking links on Fridays. Sun(fun) Night Posts will remain light-hearted as Sundays are always days of celebrating Christ’s Resurrection – even during the Lenten season.

I sincerely encourage you to take four minutes now to watch this powerful video telling the story of the gospel from last Sunday.


I’m sharing this video with each of my classes today (3 down, 2 to go). And with each viewing, my appreciation of the powerful simplicity of it grows.

Kudos to YouTuber Adam Young who writes only this about the video:

I took these incredible illustrations by a British illustrator named Simon Smith and put them to an Explosions In The Sky song.


‘This’ Will Revolutionize Education – A Thoughtful Video

On a Friday afternoon, this article caught my attention so much that I had to watch the video right away.

The link to the Washington Post article about the video is here.

You can link directly to the video itself here.

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For me, the take-away, thought-provoking ideas from the video are:

“I think the reason technology hasn’t revolutionized education is something… that goes to the very heart of what education is. … It doesn’t matter what happens around the learner. We are not limited by the experiences we can give to students. What limits learning is what can happen inside the student’s head. That is where the important part of learning takes place.

So really the question is, “What experiences promote the kind of thinking that is required for learning?” Recently that research is being conducted and we are learning some pretty important stuff.

The fundamental role of a teacher is not to deliver information. It is guide the social process of learning. The job of a teacher is to inspire, to challenge, to excite their students to want to learn. Yes, they also do explain and demonstrate and show things, but fundamentally that is beside the point. The most important thing a teacher does is make every student feel like they are important, to make them feel accountable for doing the work of learning.

The foundation of education is still based on the social interaction between teacher and students. For as transformative as each new technology seems to be, like motion pictures or computers or Smart Boards, what really matters is what happens inside the learner’s head. And making a learner think seems best achieved  in a social environment with other learners and a caring teacher.”

Based upon this, some of the questions I have to ask myself as a 21st century educator are:

  • How do I choose technological tools?  Do I pick ones that make my content more engaging/entertaining for students?  Do I select tools that will ‘promote the kind of thinking that is required for learning?’
  • In my classroom, how well am I doing with the ‘social interaction’ between me and my students?  How do I evaluate how effective I am at fostering this?
  • Today, this week, this month, this school year – Did I make each of my students feel like he or she is important?  Did I make each feel accountable for doing the work of learning?

What are your thoughts on this video?

What questions does it lead you to ask yourself as an education professional?