Discovery Education Helps Students Search for the “Big Ones”
“Ideas are like fish. If you want to catch little fish, you can stay in the shallow water. But if you want to catch the big fish, you’ve got to go deeper. Down deep, the fish are more powerful and more pure. They’re huge and abstract. And they’re very beautiful.”
Like most educators, once I start reading an interesting post, I get caught up in a world of curiosity that leads me on an unmapped path. Sometimes I forget where I started and hours go by. Some would say I was wasting my time … not so. This self-directed learning is a trait we want to share with our students.
One recent journey started with a Middle Web blog post about a plant interactive which led me to the Birmingham Grid for Learning (BGfL) site. They post a “Video of the Week” that totally drew me into exploring David Lynch’s video, “Ideas are Like Fish.” The BGfL video is a short sound bite added to beautiful underwater video. Of course, this did not tell the whole story. The next stop was searching for the source of the sound bite, a David Lynch presentation based on his book, “Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness, and Creativity.”
Today I had to go back to BGfL to see this week’s video. The visit did not disappoint. It was a TED Talk by Brian Cox, “Why We Need the Explorers.” The rationale behind these weekly postings as stated on the site: “BGfL will be featuring a video each week which can expand the teaching and learning experience. Video is one of the most powerful tools for teaching and for learning. Why? Because visual learning offers an alternative learning style that engages the user instantly and powerfully, allowing effective communication of complex information.” Of course, those of us that are passionate about Discovery Education already know this. Student access to Discovery Education Streaming will help them on their search for “the big ones.”