The videos below include great examples of service-learning, project based learning, investigation/preparation/reflection resources, and videos used in Partnerships Make A Difference graduate courses and workshops. To view videos featuring teachers reflecting on their use of service-learning/PBL as an instructional strategy, click here.
"Growing Together" Network Videos
Critical Issues Summit: September 20, 2016
"To Create a Better Generation ..." A Promise Story from because I said I would (March 1, 2015)
"Power of Service-Learning" Youth Leadership Summit (May 6, 2013)
Everyday People Make A Difference: Grandpals of Norworth
Nancy Hellickson's 5th graders at Sutter Park Elementary (Worthington, OH) formed lasting relationships with residents of Norworth Convalescent Center. In the process, the students enriched their social studies, language arts, science, and art knowledge and skills. View video.
Beating Childhood Cancer--Ryan Rings His Bell: Click here to view video.
Blankets Tell the Story: Click here to view video.
Cells Gone Wild: This award winning video is the culmination of Cells Gone Wild from Meridian Early College High School. This project was nominated as Best-in-Network by New Tech Network National as an outstanding example of authentic project-based learning. Click here to view Cells Gone Wild.
Comfort and Spirit: Making Memories Together: First grade students at Tremont Elementary School (Upper Arlington Schools, OH) studied aspects of Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia, then partnered with the local Alzheimer’s Association chapter and students from Jones and Hastings Middle Schools (UA Schools) to cultivate understanding and empathy for seniors with declining cognition. Upper Arlington High School media production students produced this video. Click here to view video.
Elementary Project: Courtyard Redesign: 5th graders from Madison Wisconsin public school present their finished designs to a group of school architects, planners, & designers.The video also demonstrates teacher planning. (Buck Institute for Education) Click here to view video.
How Mattie Stepanek's Words Inspired Millions--The Oprah Winfrey Show: In 2001, Oprah introduced the world to an extraordinary little boy, the poet and peacemaker Mattie Stepanek. Mattie was just 11 years old when he came into Oprah's life and viewers learned about this pint-size philosopher's daily battle with a rare form of muscular dystrophy. He and Oprah became very close friends, and when Mattie died, in 2004, at the age of 13, Oprah spoke at his funeral. Then, in the final season of The Oprah Winfrey Show, she selected Mattie as one of her all-time favorite guests. Watch to learn more about the child Oprah called "a prophet for our time, who just happened to be dressed in little-boy clothes. Click here to view video.
Hurricane Harvey--The Aftermath: Grabriel Gatehouse reports from Houston on the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. (BBC) Click here to view video.
Iditarod Project: It's Not About the Race: Upper Arlington High School (Upper Arlington, OH) students with multiple disabilities studied the Iditarod Race and partnered with first grade students at Greensview Elementary (Upper Arlington, OH) to follow the race. Students worked together to learn a lot of academic content while building significant relationships with each other. Click here to view video.
It Really, Actually Changed My Life: High school students reflect on their experience of project based learning and describe how they not only learned a great deal of content, but also practiced the 21st century skills needed for personal and workplace success. Produced by PBLWorks. Click here to view video.
Learning in Deed: This video was created as a result of the report from the National Commission on Service-Learning, reflecting nearly a year of study and discussion about service-learning, a teaching strategy that combines service to the community with classroom curriculum in K-12 schools. Click Part 1 and Part 2 to view complete video. Click here to view Mural Project and Hospital Project.
Mattie Stepanek . . . How His Words Inspired Millions: In 2001, Oprah introduced the world to an extraordinary little boy, the poet and peacemaker Mattie Stepanek. Mattie was just 11 years old when he came into Oprah's life and viewers learned about this pint-size philosopher's daily battle with a rare form of muscular dystrophy. He and Oprah became very close friends, and when Mattie died, in 2004, at the age of 13, Oprah spoke at his funeral. Then, in the final season of The Oprah Winfrey Show, she selected Mattie as one of her all-time favorite guests. Watch to learn more about the child Oprah called "a prophet for our time, who just happened to be dressed in little-boy clothes. For more on #oprahwinfreyshow, visit http://WatchOWN.tv/TOWS. Click here to view video.
Media Saves the Beach: An eleventh grade class at HTHMA is inspired by a state policy to cut the water testing budget in San Diego. Click here to view video.
Memory Project . . . Portraits of Compassion: Ben Shumaker's "Memory Project" allows American students to create portraits of children from the Third World who would otherwise never have an image of themselves. Steve Hartman reports for "Assignment America." Click here to view video.
MN High School Robotics Project: In Boyd Huppert’s latest edition of Land of 10,000 Stories, Cillian Jackson needed a power wheelchair, and the members of the Farmington High School Robotics team got to work. Click here to view video.
My Restaurant Project (Buck Institute for Education): Middle school students from TEAM Academy create menus, grant letters, commercials, and multimedia presentations for a health restaurant. (Visit teamschools.org)
On the Road--One of Sports' Most Bitter Rivalries Helps Boy Beat Cancer: As part of our continuing series "On the Road," Steve Hartman meets a seventh-grader named Grant Reed, a die-hard Ohio State fan. When he found out he had cancer, Grant decided to rename the disease Michigan, after his favorite football team's biggest rival. Click here to view the video.
Paper Clips: This award winning and inspiring documentary tells the story of how the students of a small town school started working on a history assignment that snowballed into a unique and touching Holocaust memorial which gained world-wide attention. Available in most public libraries. Click here to view movie trailer.
PBL--Geometric Sculpture: Waverly-Shell Rock Middle School teachers, Jerrod Staack, Kevin Rohne, Chelsie Meyer, Kristie Kuhse, and Shane Erlandson use a Project Based Learning approach to meet over 45 standards in the areas of Math, FCS, Art, and GTT. Check out this Geometric Sculpture Project that ends with middle school students leaving their legacy for future generations to come. Click here to view video.
Schools That Change Communities (Crellin Elementary segment): Click here to go to website for more information. Video can be borrowed from us.
Stand Up 2 Cancer: Click here to view video (unedited).
The Line: Waiting In The Food Line. Scott Pelley, 60 Minutes II, Reports On Those Who Need Help To Get Groceries. With unemployment rising, there has been a sudden leap in the number of people on emergency food assistance. And in Ohio, some of the food lines look as if they've been taken from the pages of the Great Depression. Click here to view video.
The Finance Project: PBLWorks. Click here to view video.
The Memory Project: The Memory Project is a unique initiative in which art students create portraits for children and teens around the world who have been neglected, orphaned, or disadvantaged. Click here to view video.
The Tiny House Project: PBLWorks. Click here to view video.
Third Graders on Ending Hunger (Austin, TX)
Third graders at Elsa Elementary in Austin, Texas, talk about their Semester of Service, an extended service-learning framework that combines classroom learning to address a meaningful community issue. Funded through a grant from Sodexo Foundation and YSA, the students spent the school year studying and taking action to address the issue of childhood hunger in their community. Click here to view video.
Unravel Pediatric Cancer
Unravel is a nonprofit organization working to spread knowledge about the grim realities of pediatric cancer and the devastating impact from the lack of funding. We supply the information, tools and support to individuals and communities that want to help create change– because good people want to do good things but sometimes they need help getting started. All monies raised by and for Unravel will go directly to the fight against pediatric cancer.
In addition, Unravel partners with other nonprofits to strengthen our efforts. We do all of this with one goal in mind; we will unravel pediatric cancer. Click here to view video.
When Passion Meets Vision--The Ryan Hreljac Story: Ryan Hreljac was in kindergarten when he learned that children in a Ugandan village had to walk many kilometers every day just for fresh drinking water. Dismayed, he set out to do enough chores to raise the $70 he figured it would take to drill a well for the village. Click here to view video.