John Spencer

What is action research? 2:25
What is action research?
Published: 1 year ago
Here's a short description of action research. TRANSCRIPT: Teaching is a craft. It’s both an art and a science, which is why great teachers always experiment and make tons of mistakes. But how d...
25 Things You Should Know About Becoming a Teacher 4:8
25 Things You Should Know About Becoming a Teacher
Published: 1 year ago
This is a video I made for my cohort. Feel free to use it with new teacher inductions, teacher graduations, or any other thing that honors teacehrs. 25 Things to Know About Teaching Congratulations...
You Get to Have Your Own Genius Hour (A Video for Students) 1:44
You Get to Have Your Own Genius Hour (A Video for Students)
Published: 10 month ago
The following is a video you can use in your classroom as you introduce Genius Hour (or 20% Time). Unsure about what Genius Hour is? Check out this video I created on the topic: https://www.youtube....
The Shift from Engaging Students to Empowering Learners 2:5
The Shift from Engaging Students to Empowering Learners
Published: 1 year ago
We often talk about what it means to move from compliance to engagement. It’s the idea of creating an environment where students want to learn rather than have to learn.  But if we want students...
Mindsets: Fixed Versus Growth 2:20
Mindsets: Fixed Versus Growth
Published: 1 year ago
If you like this video, subscribe to my channel at http://bit.ly/spencervideos Music from bensound.com Researcher and professor Carol Dweck uses the term “mindset” to describe the way people thi...
Cooperation vs Collaboration: When To Use Each Approach 1:24
Cooperation vs Collaboration: When To Use Each Approach
Published: 2 year ago
Collaboration and cooperation are both vital for creative work. This short, sketchy video explores the difference between the two and why it matters for creative work.
What is the SAMR Model and what does it look like in schools? 2:12
What is the SAMR Model and what does it look like in schools?
Published: 3 year ago
Popularized by Dr. Ruben R. Puentedura, SAMR is a model for infusing technology into the learning experiences. In this short illustrated video, I explore what the basics of the SAMR Model. Enjoy this ...
We Need a Bigger Definition of Creativity 1:32
We Need a Bigger Definition of Creativity
Published: 2 year ago
Our definition of creativity is too small. In this illustrated video, I share some thoughts on bigger definition of creativity. Enjoy this video? Please subscribe to the channel: http://bit.ly/spencer...
The LAUNCH Cycle: A Design Thinking Framework for K-12 Students 2:38
The LAUNCH Cycle: A Design Thinking Framework for K-12 Students
Published: 2 year ago
For the last 12 years, I've used design thinking as a teacher, ed tech startup founder, artist, and author. In this illustrated video, I share the design thinking process that AJ Juliani and I develop...
The Problem with Fake News (and how our students can solve it) 2:56
The Problem with Fake News (and how our students can solve it)
Published: 2 year ago
Here's the script: With digital tools, it is easier than ever to create, edit, and publish your work to the world. But there’s a cost. It’s also easier than ever to spread misinformation. And fak...
Flow Theory in Less Than Five Minutes 4:48
Flow Theory in Less Than Five Minutes
Published: 7 month ago
This video is about Flow Theory. if we want students to be fully empowered to own the creative process, we need to understand what it means for students to reach a state of creative flow. The Histo...
We Need Librarians More Than Ever 1:46
We Need Librarians More Than Ever
Published: 1 year ago
Here's an animated sketch video on the value of librarians: Basic idea: I often hear people ask, “If we have the Internet, why do we still need librarians?” It’s true that the information la...
Problem-Based Learning in Less Than Five Minutes 5:4
Problem-Based Learning in Less Than Five Minutes
Published: 7 month ago
Here's a quick slideshow I created for a class. If you found it helpful, let me know in the comments and maybe I'll create a few more like this.
Creative Writing Idea: Invent Your Own Superhero 1:51
Creative Writing Idea: Invent Your Own Superhero
Published: 3 year ago
This is a visual writing idea designed to inspire writing. Feel free to use it in your classroom. Transcript: Remember when you were little and you’d be watching tv or reading a comic book. You’...
A Better Way to Brainstorm: How to Get Students to Generate Original Ideas 1:43
A Better Way to Brainstorm: How to Get Students to Generate Original Ideas
Published: 2 year ago
Brainstorming was broken in my classroom, so here's the process I developed to fix it. If you found this video helpful, please feel free to subscribe to the channel and like the video.
7 Things That Happen When Students Own Their Learning 1:41
7 Things That Happen When Students Own Their Learning
Published: 1 year ago
We know that it’s important to move from compliance to student engagement. But what happens when you take it another step and empower your students to own their learning? Here are seven ideas: ...
Because of a Teacher (A Tribute to All of Those Making a Difference) 3:18
Because of a Teacher (A Tribute to All of Those Making a Difference)
Published: 11 month ago
Hey teachers, thanks for all that you do. This is a short, inspirational video to say "thanks." Note that I didn't separate out "general education" from ELL and special education because I believe tha...
The 7 Keys to Creative Collaboration 2:18
The 7 Keys to Creative Collaboration
Published: 9 month ago
Group work doesn't have to suck. In this sketch note video, we explore what makes creative collaboration work. Transcript. We’ve all had times when group work failed. Perhaps you missed deadlines...
Think Inside the Box: The Power of Creative Constraint 1:48
Think Inside the Box: The Power of Creative Constraint
Published: 2 year ago
We expect creativity to thrive in wide open spaces with tons of options. But what happens if that's not always true? In this illustrated video, I share some practical examples of how creativity often ...