This page lists materials or links to materials that rely on media other than print--videos, songs, and educational computer software.kidswithearphonesmall.JPG

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Reliability: The Foundation of Any Good Test

This is a 12-minute video explaining the basic concept of reliability--what it means, statistically, for a test to be "reliable," and what different forms of reliability consist of. Especially useful for students learning about standardized educational tests, even though it was made with more general psychological testing in mind.

- Seifert Seifert Feb 14, 2012

Validity: How To Tell a Good Test from a Bad One?

This is a 14-minute video explaining the concept of validity--its different types, and how they are measured or estimated for purposes of systematic, standardized testing. Especially useful for students learning about standardized educational tests, even though the video emphasizes personality tests as examples.

- Seifert Seifert Feb 14, 2012

Children's Assessments of Outdated Media

(Il était une fois...les technologies du passé)
A very amusing video of elementary-age children trying to figure out the purpose of outdated technologies from the 1980s and 1990s, including Game Boys, floppy disks, 8-track tape players, and (even!) rotary-dial telephones. 4 minutes long. It's from Quebec and therefore in French, but there are English subtitles in case you need them.

- Seifert Seifert Jan 10, 2011

Video Clips for Class: A Repository of Video Clips about Psychology Topics
In addition to the specific videos listed below, the website Clips for Class has compiled dozens of short, public-domain videos that illustrate a wide variety of topics about psychology. Some of these are relevant to teaching educational psychology--especially the clips about developmental psychology and about memory. Many others are definitely interesting, though probably not directly useful for teaching ed psych.

- Seifert Seifert Oct 20, 2010

Cognitive Development

--Jon Mueller

Classroom Management and Behavioral Theories of Learning

--Jon Mueller & - Seifert Seifert

Information Processing and Cognitive Theories of Learning

  • Concept Development - A Private Universe (classic 20-minute film of overcoming students' misconceptions - free registration is required)

--Jon Mueller?

Student Diversity, Individual Differences, and Individual Needs

  • A Class Divided - tells the story of Jane Elliott's classroom activity in which she divided her students into the blue-eyed and brown-eyed groups.
  • Intelligence and Culture - "The issue of cultural bias in testing is explored in this module, presenting Judy Kearins’s work with Australian children. White and aboriginal children are shown to perform differently on visual/spatial tasks, and use different methods to arrive at solutions to the problems presented. Theories of cultural influence on cognitive processing and the shaping of the brain are suggested as explanations for tested differences in ability." Free registration is required.
  • The Art of Choosing - a 24-minute lecture about the meaning of choice for Americans vs. people in other societies. Note that it is NOT focused specifically on classroom life, but the issues it raises are are definitely about cultural differences.
  • Group Identity--Ingroup and Outgroup Formation - a brief British video illustrating how ingroups (or cliques) are formed in school, and commenting on the consequences for students. About four minutes long.

- Seifert Seifert Nov 14, 2011, with assistance from Elizabeth Connolly (Marist College) and Michael Lauria (Marist College).


  • Video Pop Quiz - Reviews a few concepts with film and TV clips
  • Getting Students Involved
  • Status Treatments in the Classroom - a 30-minute video about the pitfalls of cooperative learning and how to deal with them constructively. Produced by Teachers' College Press and narrated by Elizabeth Cohen at Stanford University in about 1995. If you can live with the visible changes in styles of eyeglasses and clothing, however, the message(s) are still quite timely. There is also a book with the same title and author, available from Amazon, Teachers' College Press, or many college or university libraries.

- Seifert Seifert Aug 25, 2011

Teachers in the Movies: Using Feature-Length Films

Feature-length films are a rich source of material for discussion and reflection about issues related to psychology and education. This link provides some suggestions for doing so.

- Seifert Seifert May 28, 2010

Open-Source Clip Art and Photos

Looking for photos or diagrams to include with class presentations or handouts? Here are tips about where to find them--free of charge.

- Seifert Seifert May 28, 2010

Motivation and Sense of Purpose: The Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us

A ten-minute video, with interesting graphics, summarizing recent research about the effects of intrinsic vs. extrinsic motivation. Originally made for a business audience, but quite relevant to classroom issues as well.

- Seifert Seifert Jun 25, 2010 on behalf of Marianne Miserandino

Children and Television

An excellent, accessible review by the University of Michigan Health System about issues related to children's watching television--the violence, gender stereotypes, and effects on obesity and physical health, among other things. The article contains many links to other, related articles.

- Seifert Seifert Nov 18, 2010

Procrastination: What Causes It?

A brief, animated Youtube video illustrating procrastination in action! This clip makes a good discussion starter not only for the topic of procrastination, but for related issues about time management--or for that matter, about operant conditioning, since a lot of procrastination is about responding to immediate rewards rather than to longer-term rewards.

- Seifert Seifert Aug 12, 2011