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Sunday, May 8, 2016

The Best Commencement Speeches, Ever

Two years ago NPR  published a database of the best commencement speeches ever given (how they determine "best" is unclear). The Best Commencement Speeches, Ever has an index of 354 commencement speeches. The speeches are listed alphabetically by speaker's first name. Instead of searching by speaker's name you can search according to theme, school, or date. A transcript for each speech is available. Videos are available for many of the speeches. Steve Jobs' 2005 commencement speech at Stanford is embedded below.


Applications for Education
NPR's The Best Commencement Speeches, Ever could be a good source of inspiration for crafting graduation messages to share with students.

H/T to Open Culture.

Nearly 5,000 People Get Their Ed Tech Tips This Way

About eighteen months ago I started to make a stronger effort to include video tutorials in more of my blog posts. At first I used Wistia to host those videos but the bandwidth costs became too high so I switched them to YouTube. Now I have more than 250 ed tech tools tutorial videos on my YouTube channel. Nearly 5,000 people have subscribed to my YouTube channel. Subscribe to it and you'll be notified when I publish a new tutorial (currently about two per week).

To subscribe to my YouTube or any other YouTube channel simply sign into your Google account then click "subscribe" on the channel's homepage. The video below demonstrates how to do this.