RSA animations, short films and event videos

The RSA Animates-series that is offered by the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) provides animated speeches to share ‘world-changing ideas’ as they claim on their webpage. What they offer is freely accessible animated videos of speeches such as “Drive: The Surprising Truth of What Motivates us” by Dan Pink, “Re-Imagining Work” by Dave Coplin, or “Crisis of Capitalism” by David Harvey. The speeches constitute a great knowledge resource and the animations great teaching resources for the classroom. I use some of them in my classes and my students like the style of the animated videos but more importantly, they tell me that this sort of video is of great help to better understand the topics that we address in the lectures. In addition to the Animates-series, it is also worth having a look into the RSA Shorts (e.g. Kate Raworth on Growth), Event Videos (e.g. Frank Trentmann on Consumerism) and RSA Insights (e.g. Matthew Parsfield on the Value of Connected Communities).

Here is the link to their video-resources webpage: https://www.thersa.org/discover/videos/

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“Critical pedagogy: schools must equip students to challenge the status quo” – And Universities should do this as well!

I found an inspiring text on the Guardian’s webpage: http://www.theguardian.com/teacher-network/teacher-blog/2014/feb/25/critical-pedagogy-schools-students-challenge.

Tait Coles, then being vice principal at Dixons City Academy in Bradford, explains the basic tenets of critical pedagogy and shows the advantages of this approach to what he refers to as the transmission model of knowledge. His statement resonates with the work of numerous thinkers in critical pedagogics, such as Paulo Freire, Henry Giroux, bell hooks, and Stanley Aronowitz, all of them discussing how we could educate students into citizens, who have the capacity to instigate social change.