Videos Used in Class

Below are some of the videos that we have watched in class:

Circle of Courage

Experts discuss facets and applications of the Circle of Courage, a 4-point assessment tool, forms the basis of the Developmental Audit, a new strength-based approach to assessing the emotional development of children.

Beneath the Surface

This video was created by Redwire Native Youth Media as part of the Growing Up in Cities (Canada). The video was focused on the challenges faced by urban aboriginal youth, and the solutions youth themselves are finding to those challenges.

Where Do the Children Play?

Where Do the Children Play?is a one-hour documentary for public television that examines how restrictive patterns of sprawl, congestion, and endless suburban development across America are impacting children's mental and physical health and development. The full movie is not available without purchase, however there are some interesting links and resources you can start exploring from this website. And also check out

John O'Leary on Popular, Informal Education

Big Ideas presents John O'Leary, the President of Frontier College on Popular, Informal Education: From the Archives of Frontier College.

A Vision of Students Today

A short video summarizing some of the most important characteristics of students today - how they learn, what they need to learn, their goals, hopes, dreams, what their lives will be like, and what kinds of changes they will experience in their lifetime. Created by Michael Wesch in collaboration with 200 students at Kansas State University.

Visions of Students Today

The Digital Ethnography Research Team of 2011's Visions of Students Today: a “video collage” about student life created by students themselves and presented using the wonders of HTML5, allowing us to “cite” books and videos that are being presented in the remix as they are being shown.


The video I showed in class was a full movie. A little long to add to this page. However there is a nice video about a "free school." Which is kind-of an American version of Summerhill...

Free to Learn: A Radical Experiment in Education from Isaac Graves on Vimeo.

Free to Learn: A Radical Experiment in Education
A Documentary by Jeff Root & Bhawin Suchak

Free to Learn is a 70 minute documentary that offers a “fly on the wall” perspective of the daily happenings at The Free School in Albany, New York. Like many of today’s radical and democratic schools, The Free School expects children to decide for themselves how to spend their days. The Free School, however, is unique in that it transcends obstacles that prevent similar schools from reaching a economically and racially diverse range of students and operates in the heart of an inner-city neighborhood.

For over thirty years in perhaps the most radical experiment in American education, this small inner-city alternative school has offered its students complete freedom over their learning. There are no mandatory classes, no grades, tests, or homework, and rules are generally avoided. As a last resort, rules are created democratically by students and teachers, often at the prompting of a student. At a time when our educators are mandated to march forward with no child left behind, the students of the Free School, many of whom would have fallen through the cracks of today’s failing public school system, have managed to slip out of education’s back door and have run away free.

Free to Learn follows a handful of these children courageously meeting the daily challenges of hope, acceptance, loss, friendship, conflict, and the difficult task of deciding, for themselves, what to do with each day.