Kysha LeBron Rose Tunick Kristine Keeney Cathy Melanson
Teaching with Digital Video: Watch Create and Analyze by Glen L. Bull & Lynn Bell stresses the compelling nature of video and video's tremendous efficacy as a teaching tool. The authors state that all teachers should be using video as part of their instructional repertoire. Listen to how a few of your colleagues use video as a part of their classroom instruction.
Kysha LeBron uses video in Trigonometry to help her students understand the concept of vectors:
In trigonometry, I show a video clip from the movie Despicable Me to introduce the concept of vectors. The movie is light-hearted and familiar to most students, so they are attentive and interested in its connection to trigonometry.
In the clip, there is a character named Vector. He is a "bad guy" who calls himself Vector because he "commits crimes with direction and magnitude". This is the exact definition of a vector, which differentiates it from a scalar. In the video clip, Vector briefly explains that his name is a math term, so it sets the stage for my lesson.
It is a short clip, but it introduces the concept of a vector in a way that is simple, witty, and not intimidating. The clip creates a relaxed atmosphere, interest, and a receptive attitude for a concept that can be challenging. The clip helps students remember key words in the definition of a vector. The clip also provides a firm starting point for the class to expound on the definition of a vector, provide specific examples, and apply the concept to word problems found in trigonometry.
So if students feel overwhelmed or intimidated by vector applications, hopefully they will remember that just like the "bad guy" named Vector, the real vectors are not that scary either.
Rose Tunick uses video to reinforce lecture notes. For example- when she lectured on photosynthesis she showed a short video from Bozeman Science 9 (about 12 minutes) that talks about photosynthesis, using pictures and something like educreation. In AP she sometimes will assign a Kahn video or Bozeman to introduce a topic.
Kristine Keeney In all levels of French students
watch the French news, in French during every fourth period for 15 minutes. During this time, I will stop the video to discuss certain topics, vocabulary and to assess what the students are able to understand. In my AP French class, I use Sept Jours sur la Planete to show videos on random topics with accompanying activities to determine what the students are taking away from what they watched and listened to. The purpose of this is to help students prepare for their AP exam in May. In my Honors French IV class, I will be teaching through a movie to supplement a chapter that we just finished on Education. Before during and after the movie, Entre les murs(The Class), the students will be assigned different activities to be completed individually and with partners. This movie has won several awards and will give the students the opportunity to use the concepts and vocabulary discussed in Ch. 1.
Cathy Melanson has frequently used the library video databases in her classes in the following ways.
I love the ability to search for just clips as a resource and the ability to create my own playlists and link to them "
"I have done a number of things with the library subscription databases. I have used them:
1. As a resource for students' own research.
2. Assigned videos for students to watch to cover a particular historical topic.
3. Created playlists as review material for the AP test.
4. Created projects in and around using short clips.
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