Uses for Video in the Classroom

At the end of last week, I made two posts (Free Flip Cameras and Picasa for Video & Pictures) that referenced using video in the classroom, but never explained important ways it benefits the classroom.  Here are 6 ways video can improve the learning and self reflection in your classroom.  Have additional ideas for video uses?  Add your comments by clicking comment!

  1. Scavenger Hunt – Formative or summative assessments send the students around the school building to find different real world examples of the concept you are teaching.  Have them take pictures of items or video things in action.  Have the students drop the picture on your blog as a comment or upload it to a class Picasa account so that you can quickly scroll through each student example.  Using iMovie or Windows Movie Maker, they can then put these into a film and then add audio explaining how it demonstrates the lesson learned.
  2. Slow the world down for analysis – In my science demonstrations it is often difficult for students to understand the concepts because the actions happen so quickly that they only see the end results.  By video taping the demonstrations and playing them back frame by frame, students can more easily see forces in action, chemical changes, chain reactions.  The list goes on.  Bonus is that I can also then post these videos on my blog for the kids to look at again later and students who were absent can still access that experience as well.
  3. Observe the world – want students to increase their observation skills using their five senses for better writing or science lab observation?  Have them observe and take notes about what is happening in an area outside while also video recording it.  Have them re-observe the area through video and journal about observations they missed.  In addition, a picture is worth a thousand words, have students describe a picture they have taken or that they find on the net and tell what the smells, sounds, feelings, and tastes might be if they were living that scene out in real life.
  4. Exit Interviews – At the conclusion to a project, have students video what they have done and explain what they learned or demonstrated with this project.
  5. Real Life Applications – Do you teach about persuasion?  Where in life are people exposed to the most persuasion? Television.  Have your students create commercials or infomercials that persuade a target audience.  Use Kids’ Vid to direct your students to creating a high quality product.
  6. Personal Reflection – Video record students giving their speeches and allow them to evaluate their own performance.  They will be able to see and correct those little things they don’t even realize they are doing because of their nervousness.

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