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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Videos and Poster Explaining Logical Fallacies

When teaching current events courses, I always begin with lessons about about recognizing bias, propaganda, and logical fallacies. There are two good resources that I like that can help students understand logical fallacies.

The Guide to Common Fallacies is a series of short videos from the PBS Idea Channel. Each video covers a different common fallacy. The fallacies are Strawman, Ad Hominem, Black and White, Authority, and No True Scotsman. I have embedded the playlist below.



Your Logical Fallacy Is is a website that provides short explanations and examples of twenty-four common logical fallacies. Visitors to the site can click through the gallery to read the examples. Your Logical Fallacy Is also provides free PDF poster files that you can download and print.

11 TED-Ed Videos on How the Human Body Works

Last winter I started a playlist of TED-Ed video lesson about how the human body works. I started the playlist because I wanted a list that was a bit more refined than what I was finding on the TED-Ed website. The playlist started with five videos and is now up to eleven videos covering topics like how the lungsheart, and liver work. The complete playlist is embedded below.



Applications for Education
Last winter I shared five good apps and sites for learning about how the human body works. These TED-Ed lessons could make good companion lessons to using those apps. Like all TED-Ed lessons they're not thorough enough to stand alone, but they do make for good introductions and or concept reviews.

How to Use Weebly & YouTube to Create a Video Blog Series

Earlier this fall ago I published a post about creating video blog entries on Blogger. Last week someone asked me how his students could do the same thing through Weebly. The process for creating a video blog series on Weebly isn't quite as simple as it is on Blogger, but it is still a straight-forward process. In the video embedded below I demonstrate how to create a video blog with Weebly and YouTube.